NAILA in 2016

Building on from the 2015 inaugural competition, in 2016 NAILA received a record 85 high quality video entries from across all states and territories of Australia, as well as from Australians residing in Indonesia and Indonesian nationals studying in Australia.

The theme of the 2016 competition was ‘Masa Depan (Kita)’ meaning ‘Our Future’ or ‘The Future.’ Entries ranged from primary and secondary school students explaining the reasons why they aspire to pursue careers in forensic science, law, and marine biology to original poetry, dance and musical performances, karate and cooking demonstrations.

NAILA celebrated its second year with an Awards ceremony and networking weekend in Melbourne on 14-15 October. The Awards night held at Allens’ Melbourne office was attended by 150 guests including His Excellency Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Consul-General Ibu Dewi Savitri Wahab, and Ms Julie Barber, Chief Marketing Officer, Allens.

The 2016 Awardees delivered their winning entries in front the members of the Australia-Indonesia community and had the opportunity to connect with leaders in government, business, academia, and the creative arts.

Over the Awards Weekend, the awardees explored Melbourne city, enjoyed an Indonesian lunch of gado-gado, participated in a Batik Workshop, had a private dinner with VIP Judge Mr Gary Hogan AM CSC and the NAILA team, and formed lasting connections and friendships.

NAILA is extremely grateful to our VIP judges – Gary Hogan, Butet Manurung, Enda Ginting, and Yuli Ismartono – not only for their commitment to NAILA in 2016 but also for championing the study of Indonesian.

We are incredibly grateful to our partners for their support and the 2016 leadership team of volunteers for their continued dedication.

Video Testimonials

HE Gen The Hon David Hurley ASC DSC (Ret’d)

Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Mr Kevin Evans

Insight from NAILA 2016 participants
“NAILA encouraged me to develop and sharpen a very formal register of Indonesian (speech writing) which will be undoubtedly useful for me in my future endeavours with the language.”
“(NAILA) greatly broadened my understanding of what I can do with my Indonesian language skill and with my interest in Indonesian culture.”
“(NAILA) most certainly reassured me of my interest in the country, its people and future careers avenues. The networking opportunities were also a major plus.”
Partners and Supporters in 2016