NAILA’s Biggest Year Yet

In the face of challenging global developments, NAILA witnessed its biggest year since inception in 2015. The sixth annual NAILA Indonesian language competition was the most popular yet, with over 150 high-quality video applications received from across Australia in five award categories: Primary, Middle, Senior, Tertiary and Wild Card.

The theme for the 2020 competition, not coincidentally, was Health/Kesehatan, and category topics encouraged participants to engage in discussion about the importance of healthy living, the dangers of excessive screentime, the benefits of sport and exercise, mental health awareness, the potential for cross-border policy collaboration, and more.

Despite in-person gatherings proving impractical this year, NAILA was committed to celebrating the achievement of all participants, including awardees and runners-up. With that in mind, the NAILA leadership team, in collaboration with our Virtual Venue Sponsor the Australia-Indonesia Centre, organised an online Awards Ceremony in early December to highlight the enthusiasm of young Australian learners of Indonesian and celebrate the achievement of standout applicants.

NAILA would like to thank our Partners and Sponsors and VIP Judges for their enthusiastic support of NAILA and Indonesian language learning in Australia, and this year’s volunteer leadership team for their consistent hard work and dedication to the cause.

Virtual Awards Ceremony

At the NAILA 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony, attendees were treated to welcoming remarks from Kevin Evans (Jakarta Director, The Australia-Indonesia Centre), opening addresses from Ambassador Gary Quinlan (Ambassador for Australia in Indonesia) and Ambassador Kristiarto Legowo (Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia in Australia and Vanuatu), words of support from Helen Brown (The Australia-Indonesia Centre) and Simon Birmingham (Minister for Finance and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment), and a virtual performance from Indonesian traditional dancer and teacher Jane Ahlstrand.

Catch Duncan Evans’ recap of the event on the Asia Options website, and view a selection of highlights from the event below!

Awards Ceremony Highlights

Primary Awardee Jake Wherrett

Middle Awardee Cameron Leggatt

Senior Awardee Oliver Gunthorpe

Tertiary Awardee Charlie Barnes

Wild Card Awardees Eve, Tabitha, She-Ro and Xian

VIP Testimonials

His Excellency Mr Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo (Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia in Australia and Vanuatu)

Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham (Minister for Finance and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment)

Helen Brown (Australia-Indonesia Centre)

Partners and Sponsors