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Enrolled at an Australian university or TAFE
Under 35 years old
Australian citizen or permanent resident
Not a native Indonesian speaker

Speaking time

5 - 6 minutes




The theme for NAILA 2023 is ‘Food’. Applicants may choose to present a speech on this year’s theme by answering the question “How does food bring communities together?” OR one of the topics listed below.

Tema NAILA di tahun 2023 adalah ‘Makanan’. Peserta dapat menyampaikan pidato yang berkaitan dengan tema tahun ini dengan menjawab pertanyaan “Bagaimana makanan menyatukan berbagai komunitas yang berbeda?” ATAU menggunakan salah satu dari topik-topik yang terpapar di bawah ini.

Learning outcomes

Achievement standard

Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between culture and language
Communicate proficiently in Indonesian through speaking, listening, reading and writing at levels commensurate with the language exit point from the major
Apply translation skills at the para-professional level
Demonstrate a critical approach to the reading of translated texts
Understand common journalistic styles and be able to translate them into the appropriate register in English
Explain theoretical issues related to translation and interpreting
Show an understanding of the role of the translator and interpreter in local and global communication
Utilise independent research skills exploiting both Indonesian and English sources
Express themselves well in a formal or informal register, appropriate to the situation and to the people to whom one is speaking
Read and understand newspapers and other texts in Indonesian
Engage with authentic Indonesian language media
Write in Indonesian in the appropriate style using the correct grammar and the vocabulary appropriate to the genre, contents and audience



How can Australian food be described? What influences have been at play throughout history?

Bagaimana makanan Australia dapat dideskripsikan? Pengaruh-pengaruh apa sajakah yang terlibat sepanjang sejarah?


Australia is well known for its beef exports to Indonesia. As Australia's Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, how would you promote alternative food commodities for trade to your Indonesian counterparts?

Australia terkenal dengan ekspor daging sapinya ke Indonesia. Sebagai Menteri Pertanian, Perikanan, dan Kehutanan Australia, bagaimana caramu mempromosikan komoditas pangan alternatif untuk perdagangan kepada mitra-mitra di Indonesia?


You invited a date over for dinner. What would you cook and why?

Kamu mengundang seorang teman kencan untuk makan malam. Apa yang akan kamu masak dan mengapa?

Marking Criteria

Our experienced judges will be marking video entries based on the following criteria:


Content and Structure (15/50)


Vocabulary and Grammar (10/50)


Delivery (10/50)


Audience Awareness/Enthusiasm (5/50)


Clarity of Expression (10/50)

Participants can also download the comprehensive Marking Criteria.

In 2023, NAILA has developed a range of speech topics tailored to seven award categories under this year's competition theme, 'Food', or 'Makanan'. Please make sure that you familiarise yourself with the competition's guidelines by checking this year's Information Pack.

Select your applicable award category from the tabs below to view individual speech topics: