Welcome to Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth Inc.

The place to learn about Indonesian language and culture.

Indonesian Language Courses

ENROLMENTS for term 2 are OPEN. Term 2 starts in the week beginning 1 May. Enrol and pay to confirm your place in one of our popular classes.

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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

Language assistants support Indonesian programs in Western Australian schools and bring Indonesian culture to students and teachers.
Applications for 2018 will open in May 2017.

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Perth Indonesian Film Festival

PIFF will return in 2017. Save the date: 18-21 May. Planning has begun with searches for films (easy) and sponsors (not so easy). Keep watch here for further details.

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Latest News

2017 AGM

Our honoured quest was Bapak Ronni Noor, from the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra.  Bapak Ade is both an honoured guest and one of the BBIP family as is Bapak Noel Chamberlain who entertained and inspired us all with his tales of learning languages, including Indonesian. Other VIP's included Mr Stephen Smith, Mr Phil Turtle and Mr Ross Taylor.

Who else was there? 

 Look for yourself in the three pages of this photo gallery and notice the miles of smiles. Click on the small images for a larger and better view.


If you have great photos to add to our gallery, please send them to ibumoya@balaibahasaperth.org Terima kasih.

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Indonesian for pre-schoolers

Bahasa Indonesia is one of six languages now available for young children to learn at preschool using tablet devices. 

The ELLA (Early Learning Languages Australia) program is play-based, digital language learning for children in preschool. ELLA is part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting language study in Australia.

Learn more about ELLA.

Preschools need to apply to join the program on a "bring-your-own-devices" basis. Applications for 2017 are open so tell your child's preschool about the ELLA program.

Parents can download a free app to use with their children at home and this may be useful even if your child's preschool does not opt into the ELLA program. There are links to the parent apps  on the Early Languages Australia web page.

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Selamat Datang di Perth

The Language Assistants for 2017 were welcomed to Perth today by Ibu Karen Bailey (Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth) and Ms Pamela Stewart (Department of Education - centre) and Pak Bramantya Widodo (Vice-Consul, Republic of Indonesia - right).

From the left, they are:

Jessica Wijayanti from Jakarta.

Sitti Marhamah from Southeast Sulawesi.

Ary Qurnia from Jambi.

Tantra Afianto from West Jawa.

Come along to the AGM and Sundowner on 22 February to meet this year's language assistants and wish them well for their stay in WA.

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In the Media

Jokowi Resmikan BBIP

Selamat Sukses, Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (Inc.)

Balai Bahasa Indonesia has been officially recognised by the Indonesian Government. During his two day visit to Australia, Indonesian President, Bapak Joko Widodo signed an agreement to support the Balai Bahasa that are already established in Perth, Melbourne and Canberra and to assist in opening Balai Bahasa in other states and territories. 

Balai Bahasa started in Perth, conceived and brought to life by Ibu Karen Bailey, with the assistance and support of the Indonesian Consulate in Perth and in collaboration with Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (WILTA). Ibu Karen was invited to join Pak Jokowi on stage at the Sydney Convention Centre on 26 Feb 2017 for the signing of the agreement.

Click on each photo to view a larger and better version.

It is a simple document but its impact will be far-reaching in promoting the mission of Balai Bahasa. 

Dengan rahmat Tuhan yang Maha Kuasa Presiden Republik Indonesia meresmikan wilayah Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia dan Northern Territory. Joko Widodo, Sydney, 26 Pebruari 2017.

Watch Ibu Karen's part in the event at 2:00:15 of the video Pres. Jokowi Meets the Indonesian Community in Sydney.

In the Indonesian press:

Jokowi akan Perbanyak Pusat Bahasa Indonesia di Australia

Kunjungi Australia, Jokowi bakal resmikan balai bahasa Indonesia
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Selamat sukses Michael J.

23 August 2016

Indonesia's NET.TV sent an Entertainment News team from Jakarta to cover the Michael J schools' concert held at Mandurah Baptist College's Lakes Theatre.  

Watch Shafira Um's report .

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