Guests at the dinner to honour Indonesian teachers in the ACT, Canberra, Friday 23 November 2018

BBI (ACT) hosted a dinner on Friday, 23 November 2018 for teachers of Indonesian to honour their achievements in fostering the learning of the Indonesian language and culture at schools in Canberra and surrounding districts.  Around 50 guests, comprising school principals, Indonesian teachers and Indonesian Language Teaching Assistants (ILTAs) from 12 government and non-government schools in the ACT and surrounding region, attended the dinner at the Indonesian Embassy.  The Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Kristiarto Legowo, was the guest of honour.

In welcoming guests, the Chair of BBI (ACT), Mr Heath McMichael, said that it was a sad fact that no matter how long Indonesian programs have been in place, schools would continue to face competing demands for teachers and resources.

“BBI (ACT) is of the view that the task of upholding Indonesian language programs in ACT schools needs to be shouldered by many: by national governments in both countries through funding initiatives to overcome language learning deficits; by education authorities and school administrators who aim to strengthen Asia-literacy in the class room, and by the parents of students who recognise the benefits that come from an understanding of the language of our nearest northern neighbour”, Heath said.

At a time when resources for teaching Indonesian at Australian schools and universities are coming under increasing pressure, it is important to demonstrate practical support for Indonesian language programs in schools.  Heath said BBI (ACT) was doing its bit by organising intensive Indonesian language and culture workshops for teachers and seeking joint accreditation with the Australian National University (ANU) as a qualified provider of professional learning and development for teachers.

Dr Elly Kent from the ANU’s Indonesia Institute delivered an interesting presentation on how various art and youth exchange programs between Australia and Indonesia offered opportunities for motivating Indonesian learning at all levels.  Canberra-based practitioners of traditional Indonesian dance and Javanese gamelan performed during the dinner which featured a sumptuous three course meal of Indonesian dishes.

Heath said that BBI (ACT) was keen to see more school students learning Indonesian in the ACT.  BBI (ACT) would continue to work with teachers, schools, the ACT education authorities and the Indonesian Embassy to stimulate interest in taking up the Indonesian language.


On Saturday, 22 September 2018, BBI (ACT) hosted an Intensive Language and Culture Workshop at the Australian National University for Indonesian teachers in the ACT and surrounding districts.  The purpose of the workshop, the first of its kind to be held in Canberra, was to provide an opportunity for teachers – particularly those with basic to intermediate level language competence – to deepen their language skills and knowledge of contemporary Indonesia.  A small but enthusiastic group of teachers from primary and secondary government and non-government schools took part in a variety of role play and other capacity-building activities.  The workshop featured an interactive one-day program which was delivered by BBI (ACT) experts on Indonesian language, religion and society.  Topics covered included: body language and etiquette; literature and folktales; Balinese dance; grammar; popular culture, and; performance art.  An excellent luncheon of Indonesian dishes was provided.

Feedback on the workshop from teachers was very positive.  Some participants expressed satisfaction that the presentations were classroom-ready while others felt the materials presented would help develop their professional skills.  BBI (ACT) is proud to have been able to contribute its in-house expertise to assist Indonesian teachers in a practical and entertaining way to create relevant and contemporary classroom materials for use at their schools.  Some photos of the workshop appear below.


Book club

Our next meeting will be:

on 13 July @ 26 Dorrit Black Crescent Lyneham

Start with a simple dinner ($10/person-please call 0408 308 782 and bring $) at 18.00, discussion starts around 18.30/18.45.

Please book through Trybooking (, limited spaces left.

Topic: Puisi Ibu Indonesia & article Negosiasi Agama dan Kebudayaan (please see both texts below)

Puisi_Sukmawati Soekarnoputri_Ibu Indonesia(1)



Panduan lengkap untuk peserta Lomba Pidato dan Bercerita dalam Bahasa Indonesia 2018

The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra is calling for registrations in a speech and essay-writing competition organised by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture in Jakarta.  Prospective participants should register on-line at noting that the deadline for registration is 15 May 2018.  For further information, please contact the Indonesian Embassy (Bapak Imran Hanafi or Ibu Merlita – 0414054544).

The email from the Embassy (in Indonesian) is reprinted below and further details are in the document attached above:

Yth. Bapak/Ibu Pengurus BBI/BBBI se-Australia,

Greetings from Canberra,

Kami harapkan selalu dalam keadaan sehat,

  1. Bersama ini KBRI Canberra cq. Atdikbud menyampaikan pembukaan pendaftaran Lomba Pidato dan Bercerita dalam Bahasa Indonesia Tahun 2018 mulai bulan April dan pendaftaran ditutup pada tanggal 15 Mei 2018.

Tema Lomba Pidato dan Bercerita dalam Bahasa Indonesia untuk Tahun 2018 ini adalah “Persatuan dan Keberagaman”

  1. Pengisian formulir pendaftaran dan penyampaian naskah pidato atau cerita oleh peserta lomba dapat dilakukan secara online mulai saat ini melalui alamat: selambat-lambatnya pada tanggal 15 Mei 2018.
  2. Seleksi akan dilakukan minggu ke-4 bulan Mei oleh Kantor Perwakilan RI (KBRI/KJRI) setempat.

Pemenang Lomba yang telah diseleksi kembali oleh Atdikbud Canberra akan diundang untuk menghadiri Upacara 17 Agustus 2018 di Istana Negara RI serta melakukan rangkaian kunjungan kebudayaan ke Jakarta dan Bogor pada tanggal 14-21 Agustus 2018. Seluruh biaya akomodasi dan tiket pesawat pemenang akan ditanggung oleh Atdikbud KBRI Canberra dan Kemendikbud RI.

Terlampir kami sampaikan panduan lengkap Lomba Pidato dan Bercerita dalam Bahasa Indonesia Tahun 2018.

Jika ada hal-hal yang perlu ditanyakan, mohon dapat menghubungi Atase Pendidikan, Bapak Imran Hanafi atau Sdri. Merlita (0414054544)

Atas perhatian dan kerjasamanya, kami mengucapkan terima kasih.

Salam hormat,

Atdikbud RI di Canberra,

Indonesian Classes in Canberra

The Australia-Indonesia Association (ACT Branch) are organising new Indonesian classes for beginner to advanced levels of proficiency.  Class enrolment is open now.  For details see below:

Indonesian Language Classes – online enrolment
·  Fun vocational classes
·  Teachers are professional and native Indonesian speaking

Five Levels (6 Classes)
·         Advanced – Tuesdays 7-9pm
·         Intermediate – Thursdays 7-9pm
·         Beginners Level 3 – Mondays 7-9pm 
·         Beginners level 2 – Wednesday 7-9pm
·         Beginners level 1 – Thursdays 7-9pm (open to previous participants beginners 1)
·         Beginners level 1 – Wednesdays 7-9pm

·         Commence week beginning 30 April 2018
·         Each class runs for 8 weeks
·         Classes held at a private address in O’Malley*
Only $140 per term but with:
– $10 early bird discount for payments before 24 January. Applied automatically in booking system.
– $20 discount for AIA members. You can purchase membership online now and immediately claim the discount.

Online Booking System*
Book for Classes Now – Click here
The code for activating the member discount is Anggota
For more information:
.         Phone 0406930835
.         Email: