NAILA 2018 Award Night was successfully held on Friday, November 9th, 2018 in Monash Conference Centre. The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) is an annual speech competition held by AIYA (Australia Indonesia Youth Association) that rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian language learning in Australia at all levels. The event was opened by Mrs. Spica Tutuhatunewa, the Consulate General of Indonesia.

This year, NAILA has diversity as its theme of competition. The event was opened by Ms. Sally Hill, the founder and director of NAILA. This year’s competition was judged by a panel of VIP judges, which consists of Mr. John McGlynn (the founder of Lontar Foundation), Mrs. Svida Alisjahbana (chairwoman of Femina Group), Ms. Jane Ahlstrand (Lecturer of Indonesian language at University of New England), and Ms. Yacinta Kurniasih (Poet, writer, Indonesian Studies lecturer at Monash University).


The awards are categorized into several categories from primary to People’s choice. The awardees are representatives of all states in Australia.


The awardees are :

  • Blake Johnson – Primary Awardee
  • Kayla Burnett – Junior Awardee
  • Sreeya Das – Middle Awardee
  • Rya Hwright – University of Melbourne Asia Institute Senior Awardee
  • Ellen House – Australia Indonesia Centre Tertiary Awardee
  • Bryanna Wilson – Executive Awardee
  • Iven Manning – Wild Card Awardee
  • Tom Mckenzie – Deakin University Teacher Awardee
  • Andrian Liem – Native Speaker Awardee

NAILA is a good chance to improve your Indonesian language skills and speech. According to Ellen House, The Australia Indonesia Centre Tertiary Awardee, “NAILA is an amazing opportunity to improve your Indonesian language skills. So, I decided to prepare my speech and joined NAILA 2018.”

At the end of the event, the committee announces the winner of the People’s Choice (group) Award, which won by team Aku Cinta Indonesia, and they announced the  second winner of each award categories.

This year’s NAILA 2018 has been great, the awardees and participants made a good job. can’t wait for NAILA next year!

Writer : Levina Tabita