Encourage the uptake of Indonesian language learning in Australia and establish a bilingual dialogue on bilateral issues through public speeches.
Provide incentives and assistance to those who are learning or wish to learn Indonesian. Publicly recognise those who are experts and have excelled in Indonesian language.
Showcase Australia's 'hidden' language skills. Share Australian culture, arts and opinion with an Indonesian audience.
'Indonesian as a second language slumped to the seventh most studied language in VCE, with just 588 students enrolled in 2014…despite the fact it is the third most common language taught in Victorian primary schools, with 40,688 students learning it this year.'
- Jewel Topsfield, The Age, 19 November 2014.
'A high number of students discontinue before significant fluency is developed… [which] ensures that the number of Australians with high-level Indonesian language skills and understanding of Indonesian culture will remain limited.'
- Michelle Kohler & Dr Phillip Mahnken, 2010 Report.
'One of the reasons why perhaps we haven’t done as much business with Indonesia in terms of trade and investment is because we don't really understand them culturally.'
- Andrew Parker, The Age, 19 November 2014.