UKBI Indonesian language proficiency test

Try your hand at the Indonesian Government’s Indonesian language proficiency test, known as Ujian Kemahiran Bahasa Indonesia or UKBI.  The Indonesian Embassy is hosting a free of charge, abbreviated pilot of the UKBI test at the Indonesian Embassy in Darwin Crescent, Yarralumla on Saturday, 2 November 2019.  All Indonesian speakers are welcome to try the pilot test.  Register before the deadline of 27 October 2019.  For registration and other details see UKBI Workshop 2019

National Australia Indonesia Language Awards Competition 2019

The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) is organising its fifth national speech competition. The theme for 2019 is ‘Environment’ and will be open between 20 August 2019 to 16 September 2019.

NAILA is a not-for-profit volunteer run initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), which seeks to reward and encourage proficiency in the Indonesian language. You can view the NAILA website at:

With a total of over $10,000 prize money to be won, the competition offers opportunities for learners at all stages to: practise spoken Indonesian whilst engaging more deeply with topics of relevance and interest; network and forge wider connections; be inspired to pursue Indonesian studies at a higher level.  As many primary and secondary schools as possible, Australia-wide, are invited to participate.

Further details of the competition may be found here NAILA Information Pack 2019.


Dear Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) member

This year the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) will take place in Canberra and Brisbane.  The organisers of the AIYEP program are interested in hearing from BBI (ACT) members who would be willing to provide a host family experience for a young Indonesian exchange participant in October and/or provide temporary work experience in a workplace such as a school, business, community organisation and government department.  AIYEP organisers are looking for both host homes and host organisations in Canberra to welcome AIYEPers into their lives.  Details of the host family and workplace experience opportunities may be found in the attached flyers.

  • Host families are needed from the afternoon of 13 October to the morning of 1 November, 2019
  • Host organisations are needed from 14 October to 31 October

Should you be interested in providing a place at home or in your organisation for an Indonesian exchangee, please contact the AIYEP project manager directly as follows:

Dr Elly Kent
Project Manager – Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP)
AFS Intercultural Programs Australia
PO Box 5, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2012
Phone: +61(0)403549284

Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) fully supports the aims of the AIYEP as a practical and experience-rich activity to strengthen people-to-people relations between our two countries.

Best regards

Heath McMichael
Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT)


Host Families AIYEP38 factsheet

Canberra Host Families Flyer

Host Organisation AIYEP38 factsheet


Indonesian Art @ NGA




 Monday 24 June 2019 4.15 pm

 Sir Roland Wilson Building Australian National University

Please go to:

Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia:


Friday 21 June 

3.00 – 7.00pm Performance Transaction of hollows by Melati Suryodarmo

5.00 – 9.00pm Contemporary Worlds After Hours

(with performances by Melati Suryodarmo, Duto Hardono, Octora, Tisna Sanjaya, and DJ Set by Hahan)


Saturday 22 June 

10.30am Performance In harmonia progressio by Duto Hardono

11.00 – 11.30am Official Launch event 

11.30am – 12.15pm Performance Seni penjernih dialog (Art as purifying dialogue) by Tisna Sanjaya

2.00 – 4.00pm Artists’ talks/in conversations

3.30 – 4.30pm Performance Global apartheid voyeurism: The pose by Octora 


Sunday 23 June 

10.00am – 2.00pm Performance Transaction of hollows by Melati Suryodarmo

10.30am Performance In harmonia progressio by Duto Hardono

10.30 – 11.30am Performance Global apartheid voyeurism: The pose by Octora

11.00am – 1.00pm Artists’ talks/in conversations

2.00 – 4.00pm Artists’ talks/in conversations

4.00 – 5.00pm Performance Seni penjernih dialog (Art as purifying dialogue) by Tisna Sanjaya



Indonesian Story-telling Competition

The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra is hosting an Indonesian story-telling competition.  Details may be viewed in the document attached below.  Applications close on 20 May 2019.  The selection and interview will be held at the Embassy in June 2019.  Enquiries should be directed to the Education and Culture Section, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Canberra, tel 02 6250 8628.

Heath McMichael
Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT)

Indonesian Speech and Folklore Storytelling Competition 2019


2019 Darmasiswa Scholarship from Indonesian Government


The Government of the Republic of Indonesia through the Ministry of Education and Culture has opened the 2019 Darmasiswa Scholarship Application.

Darmasiswa Scholarship, a (6 months – 1 year) non-degree program offered to all foreign students (17-35 years old) from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), art and culture. Being offered in 71 universities wide-across Indonesia, Darmasiswa Scholarship has been part of ASEAN initiative and 126 countries have been participated in the program every year.

Darmasiswa Scholarship aims to promote and increase the interest in language, art and culture of Indonesia among youth of other countries. It has also been designed to provide stronger cultural links and understanding among participating countries. If you want to learn more about Indonesia, come and join the program!

Deadline of Application is 1 March 2019.
More information:
Apply now: