The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) is an annual competition that
rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian language learning in Australia at all levels – recognising talented Indonesian speakers from primary right through to executive levels.
NAILA’s mission is now more important than everas Indonesian language learning numbers continue to fall across Australia, while the importance of mutual bilateral understanding only grows. Now, in our seventh year, NAILA has over sixty alumni and strong connections across government, academia and the private sector.
It’s been another big year for NAILA. Despite the challenges of the changing COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve continued to grow the competition in 2021, receiving over 130 high-quality applications!
NAILA chose the theme ‘travel’ to encourage applicants to reminisce about their favourite travel-related memories and imagine where they plan to go once the borders have opened. We listened to applicants talk about everything from aspirations of holidays to Borobudur to memories of family trips around outback Australia.
NAILA continues to recognise the benefits of our increased online connectedness, and in 2021 we delivered a range of online events including speech-crafting workshops and information nights. We also established an online alumni network, which we hope will energise alumni to continue NAILA’s mission of promoting Indonesian language learning, wherever they might be.