NAILA Application 2020

Submissions for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) have been extended to September 14. NAILA is an annual speech competition that rewards & fosters development in Indonesian language learning in Australia at all levels – with cash prize awards!

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In the news

  • More than 130 schools in Western Australia (WA) have an Indonesian Language Program in their curriculum. The success story of promoting Indonesia in WA is borne out of myriad local  programs and efforts, including AIYA WA Chapter and ACICIS. (Kumparan)
  • Indonesia & several of its neighbors faced political, economic, and social problems before COVID-19, but these have now become exacerbated; affecting the orientation of the economy, the role of Islam and conflicts over the political system. For countries like Australia to deepen their engagement, a better understanding of the long-running challenges of nation-building in Indonesia and the wider region is required. (Brookings)
  • As Australia politically grapples with potentially introducing media taxes to Google and Facebook, Indonesia moves forward with adding 12 more companies to its list of interest-based businesses, including Twitter and Zoom, that must pay 10% value-added tax on sales. (Reuters)
  • A new trilateral bloc of Australia, Indonesia and India takes shape amid China fears. The foreign and defence ministers are set to meet virtually in the coming week for a historic summit, resulting from shared anxiety over China. (Financial Review).
  • The ‘Cyber E-commerce for Trade’ initiative is an Australian government program that assists the development of Indo-Pacific digital economies. Indonesia, as a nation of small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs, will work with Australia to roll-out an online pilot program. (AIC)

On the Blog

  • 10 September Due to its taste and popularity, nasi Padang has even become one of the most delicious foods worldwide. However, have you ever noticed that nasi Padang wrapped in paper generally has a larger portion if compared to the portion that is served when eating directly in a Padang restaurant? Find out several unique reasons behind this common practice here.


  • Every Sunday (13:00 WIB/4pm AEST) – Online or ‘Flexible’ Language Exchange (FLEX) runs in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project. FLEX is the place where young Australians and Indonesians can meet to exchange ideas, make friends and practise their language skills. Join and be a part of this growing online movement between our two nations. Current AIYA members can register their FLEX account at: If you are not yet an AIYA member or need to renew your membership you can do so on the website.
  • Join the fortnightly AIYA WA Language Exchange; a space to bring topical chats from like-minded people in the Indo-Aus space. Register here.
  • 12 September – Festival Indonesia will conduct a virtual festival! Enjoy everything you love about Indonesia in your own convenient space. The event will include cultural showcases, music performances, virtual culinary stalls, giveaways and many more. More info here
  • 15 September – Register for the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2020 Info session. AIYEP links youth in Australia and Indonesia through social, professional, and cultural exchange. It is a chance for participants to grow their intercultural skills, professional experiences, and international networks. Register here.
  • Suara Indonesia Dance are hosting online Indonesian dance classes via zoom. They’re held on Friday nights between 6:30pm – 7:30pm AEST. All ages and levels welcome. Read more and book via paypal here.
  • Kremes Podcast provides lovers of Australia and Indonesia with a chance to listen to a range of Aus-Indo topics from casual chats about our shared cross-cultural experiences to more informative discussions like tips on living/studying/working in Australia. Listen here.
  • Indonesia Project Global Seminar – ANU’s Indonesia Project is bringing you a weekly series of seminars on COVID-19 right to your living room. Join in for live discussions, or surf through the archives of previous seminars here.

COVID-19 support

  • The Directorate General of Immigration in Indonesia has announced some changes for Foreign Visitors in Indonesia regarding visas, stay permits, emergency stay permits, and entering/exiting Indonesia during this new normal. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta has highlighted such changes in their social media as well as on the Smart Traveller website. Please follow information on the Indonesian immigration website or social media for further updates.
  • The Australian Government has restricted its citizens from leaving Australia without exemption, and returning travellers to Australia are encouraged to plan their travels in advance. Access exemption applications and more official info here.
  • If you are an Australian citizen outside of Australia in urgent need of financial assistance, the government will provide additional support through an expanded hardship program. Further details here.
  • AIYA is providing updates on the status of COVID-19 and its impact on upcoming AIYA events as well as the current status of travel restrictions for Australian and Indonesian citizens. To keep updated, read it here – bahasa Indonesia and English. AIYA is also aware that some of our members may be going through difficulties due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Government information including support for international students in Australia and Indonesia is on the website.


  • Applications for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2020 Competition are open NOW! This year’s theme is HEALTH! Check out their website for more information regarding dates & categories! Entries close 14 September. Apply now!
  • Join AASYP Reset – a virtual innovation challenge inviting recent graduates, current university students and young professionals of all disciplines across ASEAN and Australia to collaborate on projects that foster stronger people to people connections between youth in our region. Register before 13 September 2020.
  • The Australian Embassy is pleased to announce a call for project proposals under the Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS). The AGS offers seed funding, on a competitive basis, for initiatives that create impact in your professional field, organisation and community. Applications close 14 September. Read more here.
  • Asia Pacific Week applications are now open! The 2020 conference, themed ‘When Oceans Rise,’ will discuss emerging voices and hidden perspectives within the region. If you are a current university student, or have graduated within the past 2 years, you can apply to join a virtual webinar to hear from peak experts and engage in thought-provoking panels, debates, simulations and workshops. Applications close 18 September. More info here.
  • Barrett Casting is looking for an Indonesian man in his late 20s – early 30s to play a role in a feature film called ‘Ticket to Paradise’. Applicants can be based in Australia or Indonesia, they don’t need acting experience, but must be bilingual. Apply by 20 September. More in here.
  • The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) is pleased to announce the 1st ASEAN Energy Youth Award in recognition of young educators’ valuable contribution to nation-building, sustainable development and energy transition. The award is open to ASEAN young educators and enrolled students. Applications close 25 September. More info here.
  • Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth is seeing young Indonesians to work as Indonesian language assistants and ambassadors for Indonesia in Indonesian language classes in public schools. Application closes 25 September. More info here.
  • Nexstar Indonesia Sprint calls all Victorian startups and students interested in exploring the dynamic market of Indonesia. This week-long program enables you to go through the business development processes to build an Indonesian market entry strategy. Apply by 27 September. More info here.
  • Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2020 will be delivered full online. This fully funded program provides opportunities for young people to gain a better understanding of the culture, development and way of life of each other’s country. Apply before September 28. More info here.
  • ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute invites outstanding Southeast Asian postdoctoral or eligible PhD candidates undertaking research on ASEAN and Southeast Asia to apply for the ASEAN Graduate Fellowship at ASEAN Studies Centre. Applications close 30 September. More info here.
  • ACICIS has created Virtual Internships in Indonesia 2021! Students have the opportunity to develop professional skills & networks in Indonesia from the comfort of home. Eligible students can apply before 1 October to receive $3000 New Colombo mobility grants. More info here.
  • Scholarships are available from the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute and ASEAN Foundation Joint Post-graduate Scholarship Programme in Science and Technology.  The scholarships are available for ASEAN nationals (except Thai) who are interested in pursuing masters at Chulabhorn Graduate Institute. Send your application before 30 October 2020. More info here.
  • Have you got some stories to share about Southeast Asia? Pitch an idea to The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. SSEAC is looking for a breadth of disciplinary focus including history, law, political science, agriculture, medicine, among others. For more info click here.
  • Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.

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