Keynote Speaker

We are very pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the conference:
Julie Judd.

Photo of Keynote Speaker Julie Judd


Julie is a practising Auslan/English Conference level (English > Auslan) interpreter, with over 30 years experience in the field.

She holds a Bachelor of Education (LOTE – Auslan) from LaTrobe University and an MA in Auslan/English Interpreting from Macquarie University.

Julie was formerly the Co-ordinator of the VDEI/ASLIA Vic mentoring program for staff who interpret in classrooms within Victoria, Australia.

She coordinated the NEMP (National Emergency Management Project in 2016 culminating in the Auslan Communications for Emergencies suite of resources.

Julie has delivered several workshops and training opportunities to interpreters throughout Australia. She has undertaken training in, and conducted Reflective Practice opportunities for interpreters along with training in diagnostic performance analysis of practitioners from Northern Colorado University.

Julie is a former President of ASLIA Victoria and currently holds the position as Chairperson of ASLIA. She is committed to enhancing the quality of interpreting provision and providing quality educational opportunities for interpreter practitioners.

Keynote address

Julie’s keynote presentation will address the theme of “Interpreting Role-call – taking stock in a changing world” by outlining the current influences on the profession in Australia. These influences include the increase in natural disaster events, terrorist activities, the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the mental health needs of the community. Julie will outline several recent projects in Australia that have been established in order to address some of the demands faced by deaf people and interpreters.  


Julie will also deliver a workshop about the Auslan Communications for Emergencies suite of resources.