Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) Inc., Annual Report 2014
George Quinn, Chair BBI (ACT) 2013-2014
presented at the Annual General Meeting, November 27th 2014, Balai Kartini, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Canberra ACT
The Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) is a community organisation dedicated to providing students, teachers and the public of the ACT and surrounding regions with practical support for study of the Indonesian language and Indonesian arts. The Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) was first proposed at a public meeting in 2009 and was formally inaugurated by Indonesia’s Minister of National Education Professor Mohammad Nuh on March 11th, 2011. On 30 October 2013 the organisation was registered as an incorporated body under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 of the Australian Capital Territory.
This, then, is the first annual report of the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) Inc since its incorporation. The past year has seen the BBI undertake two major activities that directly address the organisation’s main objectives. It has also increased membership and put its administration and finances on a more sustainable footing.
In the lead-up to the current year the BBI (ACT) undertook several noteworthy activities. In 2012 the organisation prepared a thoroughly researched submission to the Australian Government’s Australia in the Asian Century White Paper (view the submission at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/133850/20120508-1111/asiancentury.dpmc.gov.au/published-submissions.html ). Also in 2012 the BBI (ACT) co-hosted the biennial conference of the Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators (ASILE) in collaboration with Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, Central Java. In 2013 we hosted a small teachers’ study tour to Sulawesi with a special focus on an interactive visit to a school in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Intermittently, the BBI (ACT) has provided special programs of assistance to students of Indonesian at the Australian National University and the Australian Defence Force Academy.
This year the BBI (ACT) again hosted the ASILE conference, this time in Bali in collaboration with the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation (IALF) Denpasar. The conference was attended by 107 paying delegates. Thanks to better organisation by the BBI (ACT) more than 60 teachers of Indonesian from all over Australia made the trip to Bali to attend the conference. More than forty Indonesian teachers of Bahasa Indonesia to foreigners (BIPA) also attended the conference and there were a few delegates from Japan, the USA and Singapore. The conference was opened by the Australian Consul-General in Bali, Ms Majell Hind.
Thirty-seven papers and workshops were presented, with contributions from Australian, Indonesian and international delegates. The conference made a visit to Bali’s Green School where, in addition to inspecting an environmentally sustainable school, delegates enjoyed a village-style dinner and a memorable cultural performance. There was also a visit to the Bali Tourism Academy (Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Bali or STBP) which hosts the Association of Teachers of Indonesian to Foreign Speakers (Asosiasi Pengajar Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing or APBIPA) where a session of the conference was held and delegates enjoyed a formal luncheon prepared and served by students of the STBP. After consultation with conference delegates, the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) prize of $500 for the best conference paper was awarded to Ms Libby Tuckerman of Education Services Australia for her paper “Launching the Indonesian Language Learning Space: Supporting the Teaching and Learning of Bahasa Indonesia” and the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) prize of $500 for the best workshop was awarded to Ms Joyce Tabone of Caroline Chisholm Catholic College for “Happy Days in the Indonesian Classroom”.
On the evening of August 15th the BBI(ACT) hosted a “Women and Poetry” cultural evening in the Balai Kartini hall at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra. More than 100 guests enjoyed an Indonesian smorgasbord dinner, two classical Indonesian dances and readings of poetry in Indonesian and English by Indonesian women poets, including by well-known Acehnese poet and women’s advocate Zubaidah Djohar. Of special interest was the reading of powerful poems from Building a Boat in Paradise, an English translation by Heather Curnow of Zubaidah’s poetry on the experiences of women in Aceh. The evening was attended by the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, who also made a short address to guests.
Representing the BBI(ACT), George Quinn made several well-attended addresses to local teachers of Indonesian and their students, including senior students of Indonesian at Narrabundah College (July 2nd) and two demonstration Indonesian classes conducted during the Indonesia Day event on the campus of the ANU organised by the Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) on September 17th. The BBI (ACT) also contributed an information stand at the annual Indonesia Festival day held in the precincts of the Embassy of Indonesia on October 18th.
Earlier this year the BBI (ACT) submitted a proposal for funding support to the Australia Indonesia Institute (an agency of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) for a project to conduct collaborative tuition materials workshops with Indonesian teachers of Bahasa Indonesia, and to devise strategies for the closer organisational integration of Australian and Indonesian teachers of Bahasa Indonesia. On October 17th the AII informed the BBI (ACT) that its project proposal had been approved (with some small amendments) for funding of $15,000. Arrangements are currently under way to implement this project.
The past year has seen a substantial consolidation of the BBI (ACT)’s administrative arrangements and finances. On October 30th 2013 the organisation was granted formal incorporation in the Australian Capital Territory. The organisation also set up a business bank account with the National Australia Bank and acquired an Australian Business Number (ABN). Two upright banners were ordered prominently displaying the BBI (ACT)’s name, logo, main goals and contact details. In addition to its blog site (https://bbiact.wordpress.com/), in the past year the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) also established a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Balai-Bahasa-Indonesia-ACT-Inc/159714034224927) and a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/balaibhsindo) although these have yet to be fully utilised. Thanks to membership drives at the Women and Poetry evening and the Festival Indonesia, the paid-up membership of the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) now stands at 29. In the past year the Board of the BBI (ACT) has met ten times.
Over the past year the activities of the BBI (ACT) have generated income of $24,871.36 and expenditure of $21,320.79 (see attached Audit Report prepared by Mr John Phillips CPA). As of November 22, 2014 the BBI (ACT) has a surplus of $3,550.57. In the coming financial year the organisation may expect to receive $15,000 from the Australia Indonesia Institute, a grant of $5,000 from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, and income of at least $145 from annual membership dues. So income for the organisation’s activities in 2014-2015 is estimated at $23,695.57, of which $8,695.37 can be earmarked for new activities, or discretionary expenditure.
Many individuals and organisations have contributed to a busy and successful year. The BBI (ACT) is grateful to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for its grant of $5,000 towards the organisation’s activities. Special thanks to Professor Ronny Rachman Noor for facilitating this and for his support of the Women and Poetry evening. Thanks also to HE the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema for consistent support, and to staff of the Embassy for assistance. The BBI (ACT) also records its thanks to Ms Denise Finney, CEO of the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation, Denpasar, and Ms Dian Wijayanti of the IALF Denpasar, for their hard work hosting the ASILE conference. Thanks also to Ms Sarah Dinsmore for advising the Board on strategies for soliciting support from the Australian Government, and a special word of gratitude to Mr John Phillips CPA who prepared the independent audit report of the BBI (ACT)’s finances for 2013-2014 (attached). As Chairperson I wish to record my grateful thanks to the members of the BBI (ACT) Board for their support, hard work and ideas over the past year. Special thanks are due to Ms Ida Nurhayati (Acting Treasurer), Mr Heath McMichael (Secretary), Ms Betsy Phillips, Mr Peter Dawson, Mr Amrih Widodo, Ms Pam Davis and Ms Shinta Benilda. The Board of the BBI (ACT) also extends its condolences to Board member Mr Peter Dawson on the recent death of his wife Elizabeth.
George Quinn, Chairperson
Canberra, November 27, 2014