PRESS RELEASE: Vote Your NAILA 2017 People’s Choice (Group) Awardee

After receiving over 130 entries from across Australia and Indonesia, the NAILA (National Australia Indonesia Language Awards) adjudication process is underway. In 2017 there are 5 VIP judges, Dr Angie Bexley (Deputy Director of the Australian-Indonesian Partnership for Justice), Ms Sekar Sari (Award-winning performance artist), Mr Kevin Evans (Indonesia Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre), Mr John Cheong-Holdaway (Economist and policy adviser with a long association with Indonesia), and Dr. Lily Yulianti Farid (Indonesian writer and journalist). The 2017 Awardees will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 10 November.


Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award!

The People’s Choice (Group) Award is one of the 11 NAILA Award Categories. The other 10 categories are Primary School Award, Junior School Award, Middle School Award, Senior School Award, Tertiary Award, Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, Wild Card Award, Native Speaker Award, and Teachers’ Award.

The People’s Choice Award was open to Australian citizens or permanent residents who studied Indonesian as a second language. Groups consisted of 2 – 4 participants, with all members of the group contributing substantially to the presentation. This year’s theme is ‘Origins.’

The 5 shortlisted entries include:

  • A group of two who share the origins of their names.
  • A group of four who discuss the origins of food.
  • A group of two who speak about the origins of dolphins and whales.
  • A family who shares the origins of their interests in learning the Indonesian language.
  • A group of primary students who introduce us to native Indonesian and Australian animals.

Watch the shortlisted entries here!


How to Vote

To vote, watch all the shortlisted videos on by click on the play button on each video. Make your selection by clicking on the nominees’ names below their video. Then, click on the vote button at the bottom of the page to cast your vote.

Voting will close at 6 PM AEDT on Friday 10 November and the Awardees for the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the NAILA 2017 Awards Ceremony.

NAILA endeavours to record votes as accurately as possible to ensure fairness. Please be advised that:

  • One IP address can only vote once. Be mindful that some networks are set so that all users share the same IP;
  • Voting done using private browsing or incognito function on a browser will not be counted; and
  • Voting done outside the voting period will not be counted.


What is NAILA?

The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards, an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, is an annual speech competition that rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian language learning in Australia. Primary School students through to executive level speakers are invited to participate in the competition that culminates with a national awards ceremony and networking program. It is the first language competition of its kind bringing together speakers of all different age groups and backgrounds to enable them to learn, network and mentor one another.

NAILA aims to:

  • Encourage the uptake of Indonesian language learning in Australia and establish a bilingual dialogue on bilateral issues through public speeches;
  • Reward highly-skilled individuals by providing incentives and assistance to those who are learning or wish to learn Indonesian, and to publicly recognise those who are excelling in Indonesian language; and
  • Showcase Australia’s ‘hidden’ language skills. Share Australian culture, arts and opinions with an Indonesian audience.

NAILA’s mission is to incentivise language learning and reward high-level proficiency to encourage deeper communication, respect and understanding between our two nations.


For more information, please contact:

Yani Lauwoie

Senior Communication and Media Officer NAILA 2017
Mobile: +61490784477

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