BBI (ACT) Chair’s Annual Report 2020

presented at the

BBI (ACT) Annual General Meeting held on 4 December 2020

at 28 Mirning Cres, Aranda, ACT, 2614

Dear members

Because of COVID-19, incorporated organisations in the ACT faced some enormous hurdles in 2020 and BBI (ACT) was no exception.  With physical distance restrictions in place, the Board managed to hold two meetings during the year – the first in person at the Tram Room in February and a second virtually in May.  We had to put on hold the plans we discussed at last year’s AGM, including a second teacher language and culture awareness trip to Indonesia, an Indonesian Film Night, a further intensive language and culture workshop for teachers, and a ‘View from the Pavilion’ public address.

However, we were not completely moribund as we held two successful in-person events: a Book Club meeting in August to discuss Eka Kurniawan’s novel, ‘Man Tiger’, Lelaki Harimau, at Pak Imran’s home in O’Malley and; a malam ngobrol evening in late October at Ida’s home in North Lyneham.

Amongst our plans for the coming year are assisting the Indonesian Embassy to conduct a further pilot of the Indonesian Department of Education (Badan Bahasa)’s language proficiency test, the Ujian Kemahiran Bahasa Indonesia (UKBI).  We hope to work with the Canberra Institute of Technology or another suitable language training institution to deliver the UKBI test on a fee-paying basis.  We are also planning to invite Melbourne-based author, Ibu Dewi Anggraeni, to launch her latest novel at a Book Club meeting early in 2021.

I draw your attention to the attached audit report kindly prepared for us again this year by John Phillips.  As at 31 October 2020, BBI (ACT) had a bank cash balance of $2,434. 

Pending a relaxation of physical distance restrictions, BBI (ACT) will continue a program of activities in 2021 to deliver on its mandate to promote the teaching and learning of Indonesian in the ACT and across Australia.  To be successful, our program will need to draw on all the expertise and commitment BBI (ACT) members are able to offer.  I thank members in advance for your continuing efforts.

I want to thank fellow Board members for their support, in particular Ida Nurhayati for organizing the Book Club and malam ngobrol functions this year.  We continue to be grateful for the support of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, especially Education and Culture Attaché Bpk Imran Hanafi.  Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank Soeprapti and Ross McLeod for graciously welcoming us to their ‘istana’ here in Aranda for dinner.

To BBI (ACT) members celebrating Christmas, I extend season’s greetings and to all I convey my best wishes for a safe and healthy year in 2021.

Heath McMichael
Chair, Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT)
30 November 2020.

Malam Bedah Buku – Membongkar Yang Terkubur (Unearthing Family Roots) – Dewi Anggraeni


Due to COVID-19 restrictions the planned discussion (December 2020) had to be postponed till 2021.

NEW Date & Time: February 19th 2021, start at 17.45 (dinner) or 18.45 (discussion)

Dewi Anggraeni will be our special book club guest on 19 February to discuss her most recent book Membongkar yang Terkubur (Unearthing Family Roots). Dewi’s book takes you on a journey of discovery about a Chinese Indonesian family’s lost history. 

Please book via Trybooking :

Booking will be open in early January and if you would like to join us for a catered Indonesian dinner ($15/person) before the discussion please book the dinner (same link) as well as the discussion.

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For a copy of the book, you can buy it online from Indonesia or you can contact Ibu Prapti McLeod via email:

Limited copies, $23/copy



Man Tiger/Lelaki Harimau – book club meeting


Click here for details: bookclubMantiger

Friday, 24 July 2020, please see link below:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions about social gathering, only very limited spaces available. Our apology, but watch this space for future ‘bedah buku’, happy reading.


To see these two documents, please follow the links below.

Best wishes to all for 2020.

Heath McMichael
Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABBI (ACT) was honoured to be recognised on Indonesian Independence Day by the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra for promoting the learning of Indonesian in the Canberra and for contributing to friendly relations between Australia and Indonesia.  BBI (ACT) looks forward to further cooperation with the Embassy and interested community members who are seeking to deepen ties between our two countries.

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