Five Years of NAILA in 2019

NAILA celebrated five years of encouraging and rewarding Indonesian language learning across Australia with its fifth annual Speech Competition. We received high-quality video applications across eight award categories, with particular interest from primary, middle and high school students.

NAILA attracted entrants from all states of Australia, as well as Australian learners of Indonesian language based in Singapore and Indonesia. Participation was particularly high in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

Together with our sponsors, the NAILA team developed a range of speech topics tailored to each award category covering aspects of the 2019 theme, “Environment”, encouraging discussion among participants about ways we can conserve the environment and what needs to be done to combat climate change.

Participants relished the opportunity to explore the natural environments of Australia and Indonesia. From engaging with meaningful ideas to demonstrating creative abilities through song and dance, participants demonstrated an exceptional enthusiasm for not only fostering foreign language learning in Australia, but also topical issues like conservation.

Awards Weekend

The fifth annual NAILA Competition culminated with a highly-anticipated Awards Ceremony and networking weekend held in Melbourne in December. NAILA awardees gathered together with family members, VIP guests, volunteer team members and other members of the Australia-Indonesia community.

The NAILA 2019 Awards Evening was attended by over 100 guests and hosted by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Ibu Spica Tutuhatunewa (Consul General of Indonesia in Victoria and Tasmania) and Mr Joel Blackwell (Executive Director, International Education Division, Victorian Department of Education and Training) provided keynote addresses, and Melbourne-based dance group Lenggok Geni entertained guests with a traditional performance.

Attendees witnessed video testimonials from VIPs Elizabeth Campbell-Dorning (Counsellor for Education at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta), His Excellency Mr Richard Mathews (Australian Consul-General in Makassar), Bapak Heru Hartanto Subolo (Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia in NSW, QLD and SA), Sherina (Indonesian pop singer and actress) and Ms Clarice Campbell (National President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association – AIYA). Their praise of awardees and support of Indonesian language learning were tangible.

During the Awards Weekend, awardees and their families were given a guided tour of key Melbourne landmarks before spending an afternoon at the Consulate General of Indonesia in Melbourne. Attendees participated in a special gamelan and angklung workshop, and practiced two different dances. Awardees had the opportunity to meet leaders in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, connect with each other and members of the NAILA community, and form lasting friendships.

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors and partners. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to collaborating again in the future. We are extremely thankful to the 2019 VIP Judges for their commitment to championing the study of Indonesian: Jessica Liemantara, Tati Carlin, Andrew Parker and Colin Brown.

NAILA is driven by a dynamic and talented group of young Australian and Indonesian volunteers who are dedicated to improving the bilateral relationship.

Congratulations to the all the participants, as well as their teachers and families for supporting the study of Indonesian in Australia. NAILA is extremely proud of every applicant in our 2019 competition. Without them, NAILA would not be possible.

Media Coverage

In 2019, NAILA was covered by many leading media outlets in English and Indonesian, including SBS Radio Indonesian, Radio Kita, Buset Magazine.


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What is NAILA?

The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (or NAILA) is an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) that aims to reward and foster the development of Indonesian language learning in Australia. It is the first language competition of its kind bringing together speakers from all different age groups and backgrounds to enable them to learn, network and mentor one another.

Media Coverage

BUSET Magasine

Radio Kita

SBS Radio Indonesian

SBS Radio Indonesian

Testimonial: Anastasia Pavlovic (Executive Category Awardee)
NAILA has really given me a great opportunity to combine my two passions: Indonesian and social activism. Thinking about what I personally do to reduce my environmental impact, I knew I had to discuss menstrual cups. It's a taboo topic, but one that is slowly being discussed more openly. I am so grateful for the NAILA initiative to exist, to not only practice my Indonesian, but also bring about more awareness to alternative menstruation products for women.
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