Welcome to Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth Inc.

The place to learn about Indonesian language and culture.

Indonesian Language Courses

Learn Indonesian in 2016. Term 2 classes are now running in Perth city and Swanbourne. Enrolments for Term 3 will open in early July.

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Language Ambassador Program

Ambassadors inform and inspire students with personal stories of the benefits of learning Indonesian language and culture. Do you have what it takes to be an Ambassador?

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Language Assistant Program

Applications for 2016 have closed. Terima kasih to all who applied.
Language assistants support Indonesian programs in Western Australian schools and bring Indonesian culture to students and teachers.

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Perth Indonesian Film Festival

Insufficient funding means that there will be no PIFF in 2016, however, we have high hopes for 2017 - watch this space.

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Latest News

2016 Dinner and AGM

The 2016 Annual General Meeting and Dinner was as enjoyable and celebratory as ever; enjoyable in bringing so many members together and celebratory in reviewing our achievements in so many areas and revealing plans for 2016.

To our delight, the 2016 Board of Management has changed very little, giving BBIP the advantage of continuity in management.

Long-serving board members, Kate Reitzenstein and Lisa Djanegara retired this year but will maintain strong links with BBIP.
Their service has always been appreciated and it was recognised again with the presentation of bouquets of orchids.

Check out the gallery of photos to re-live or get a taste of the annual dinner and AGM.
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Wedding Bells

Feby Febiolo, star of Kapan Kawan was married at the weekend. Feby is also a friend and supporter of BBIP and came to Perth for the Perth Indonesian Film Festival last year. BBIP members and friends were delighted to meet Feby at various PIFF events and she was so impressed that she undertook to publicise the Film Festival among the film community in Indonesia. 

BBIP  webmaster and MC at the Film Festival was a guest at the wedding and snapped this photo of BBIP's message of congratulations to Feby and her husband, Franky Sihombing. The papan bunga was organised by Pak Syahri and Ibu Deasy Sianipar to whom BBIP mengucapkan Terima kasih.

For more photos, go to the Rappler website.

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First Aid in Indonesian language and culture

Ibu Karen Bailey, Chair of the BBIP Board and Board Member Bapak Syahri Sakidin worked with young and enthusiastic 3rd year paramedical students from Edith Cowan University today, preparing them for work experience at Sanglah Hospital, Bali.  

Some basic language was on the agenda, of course, but so were essential cultural understandings - what to do and what not to do. With this grounding, the ECU students are so much better prepared to make the most of their experiences in Indonesia.

Programs that connect Australians and Indonesians like this work experience opportunity are highly valuable and assist in deepening understandings between Australia and Indonesia. BBIP is proud to be associated with such a worthwhile and valuable program. We wish the participants well: Semoga success! Selamat menikmati! Enjoy!

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In the Media

Astaga Naga: Adventures in Komodo

BBIP Board member and Language Ambassador Fiona Bettesworth has published an account of her visit toPulau Komodo in 2015. Fiona explains the reason for the trip: 

Tadi, saya menyertakan lomba yang diadakan oleh kementerian pariwisata Republik Indonesia. Saya membuat video yang pendek dengan bantuan pacar saya. Saya dipilih sebagai pemenang dan saya menerima perjalanan gratis ke pulau komodo bersama 9 pemenang lain dari seluruh dunia.

Fiona's illustrated blog, entitled Astaga Naga: Adventures in Komodo, makes interesting reading for anyone learning bahasa Indonesia. The blog has been carefully composed with language that is easy to understand and key words highlighted and the English translation provided. There are plenty of photographs and a video too, to aid comprehension and convey the exciting story of Fiona's journey to Komodo.

Please share the blog through your networks as a resource to aid Indonesian language learning. 

NB The blog is in reverse chronological order, so scroll to the bottom of the page for the first entry and work your way up.

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BBIP awarded AII Grant

Today the Australia-Indonesia Institute announced that BBIP is one of only nine recipients of grants for an initiative  designed to strengthen links between our two countries by supporting activities that bring different and innovative perspectives to how we engage with Indonesia.

Ms Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that the grants will promote our partnership with Indonesia in areas including art and culture, education, and economic diplomacy.

BBIP is immensely grateful to the AII and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for this support to bring dynamic Indonesian musicians to Perth to perform for and with WA students in a special schools concert, combining arts, culture and education in an exciting, immersive, contemporary music experience.

So who's coming to town? Click the image to find out!


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Kompetisi Klip-Klip

Kompetisi Klip-Klip is an initiative of the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers' Association (WILTA) that challenges students to create a music video.

WILTA President, Jeremy Snyder explains the purpose and requirements in this video.

Schools have until the end of term 2 (Friday 1 July) to submit one or two videos in each category (Years 1-3, Years 4-6, Years 7-9 and Years 10-12). 

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Our Supporters

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