Welcome to Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth Inc.

The place to learn about Indonesian language and culture.

Indonesian Language Courses

Term 4 classes are underway. Look for news of 2018 classes in mid-January.

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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.

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MichaelJ in Oz

Alangkah suksesnya! MichaelJ in Oz Schools Concerts - a fabulous, fun and effective way to learn Indonesian.

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Latest News

From AADC to Marlina the murderer

At the recent Cannes Film Festival, the Indonesian film Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts was acclaimed by the international jury and audiences. This is the first Indonesian film in twelve years to be selected screening at the Cannes Festival. The success of Marlina  prompted Maggie Lee of Variety to review the resurgence of Indonesian film .

When will we get a chance to see Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts in Perth? It sounds perfect for the Perth Indonesian Film Festival in 2018 if, if, IF we can secure sponsorship - so if you have any leads on possible sponsors for PIFF, please contact BBIP at  filmfestival@balaibahasaperth.org  

Read about Marlina at Cannes and watch the trailer 

Online reports discovered by Ibu Fiona.

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Hari Kebangkitan with 'Kartini'

In partnership with the Australia Indonesia Youth Association, BBIP presented the film Kartini at Cinema Paradiso on Saturday 20 May.

 Collin Wiyoto (AIYA) welcomed a full house to the event, saying, " I’m so happy to be in this cinema filled with people from the Indonesian community and those who support the Indonesian community. It’s very nice for Indonesians and non-Indonesians to come together, enjoy a film and just get to know each other. 

Collin also explained that "20 May is a very special day for us Indonesians; it is our “Hari Kebangkitan Nasional” (National Awakening day) a day that remembers the momentous struggle which led to our independence. 

Kartini, one of Indonesia’s leading intellectuals at that time, actually played a role in the initial idea of Indonesia as being a unified archipelago,  Indonesia as a nation. She was a pioneer in the area of education for girls and became an advocate for the emancipation of women – she stood up for women’s rights and became a national heroine in Indonesia." 

Kartini stars Dian Sastrowardoyo, Reza Rahadian and Adinia Wirasti and tells Kartini's story from childhood through to her success in establishing schools for girls and women. 

At the end of the screening the audience were either teary or clapping or both. Yes, it was very well received.

BBIP and AIYA are grateful to the following sponsors for supporting this screening:

  • The Australia-Indonesia Institute
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre
  • Netfare Travel
  • The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra


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Inspirational Ambassadors

In term 1 of 2017, Fiona Bettesworth and David Visser have visited schools as BBIP Indonesian language ambassadors. Their information and interaction with students was appreciated by students and teachers alike. At Helena College, year 10 student Tessa said

 I found the visit interesting and informative. Before the visit, I wasn't sure about choosing Indonesian in Year 11, but now I'm seriously considering it. It made me realise that learning Indonesian can actually be useful to me and my future and it can open up some really fun opportunities.

Find out more about the Indonesian Language Ambassadors' Program , including how to request a visit from an ambassador to your school and how to become an ambassador like wonderful Fiona and David whose efforts and expertise as so appreciated at BBIP and in schools.

Here's Fiona addressing a class:

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In the Media

Navicula tours Australia

BBIP joins Fremantle delegation to Padang

So often it's the events outside official meetings that are key to cementing relationships. It was certainly the case when a delegation from the City of Fremantle, led by Mayor Brad Pettit visited Fremantle's city-city Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia. The Mayor of Padang challenged his visitors to a 'sampan selaju' (fast canoe) race. 

The race was won, perhaps predictably, by the home team, but marked by generous cheering by the crowd and magnanimous applause from the Fremantle team congratulating their hosts, as reported in the local press .

Apart from Mayor Pettit in the red boat you may also recognise Ibu Karen Bailey who joined the delegation representing Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth.

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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.

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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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