Balai Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia Victoria dan Tasmania (BBBIVT) was established as an Incorporated Association on 8th November 2013. It was founded with the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia Melbourne & Tasmania (KJRI) for the purpose of supporting educational institutions teaching Indonesian language and culture as well as Indonesian social and cultural organisations. The committee members are all volunteers from the Consulate, the field of tertiary and secondary school education and the broader business community working together with like-minded organisations and individuals. Supported by the Indonesian Embassy it was publicly launched at the University of Melbourne on 7th August 2014.
Since its inception BBBIVT has conducted several successful events. The first was a one day event with two teacher workshops presented by Felicia Utoro Dewo from the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), which was very well attended. SEAMEO is an intergovernmental organisation that aims to promote regional cooperation in the fields of education, science and culture.
The second was an Indonesian language workshop held in conjunction with APBIPA Bali (Asosiasi Pengajar Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penatur Asing) and presented by Nyoman Riasa, which focussed on the Methodology of Teaching Indonesian to Beginners. BBBIVT was able to offer the workshop in June 2015 with generous financial support from the Indonesian Embassy, the University of Melbourne and private sponsorship.
The third endeavour was a joint venture between BBBIVT and UPI (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia) Bandung and hosted by Newport Lakes Primary School which involved a group of nine Indonesian University undergraduates fulfilling their obligatory community service. Over three weeks, during which time the group completed their KKN (kuliah kerja nyata), they were billeted with families of children attending the school further enhancing their mutual cultural experience. The expectation from KKN is quite different from the mandatory six month work experience completed as part of their practicum. In contrast to the three weeks in Australia, in Indonesia University students are expected to spend up to two months in a village performing this task. The self-funded applicants for this program are chosen according to criteria including general maturity, English language proficiency and their ability to perform a culturally suitable activity such as dance. Participants were from a variety of disciplines, not strictly teaching. This program has since been expanded to include two secondary colleges in 2017.
BBBIVT diundang oleh KJRI untuk mengadakan kelas intensif bahasa dan budaya pemula bagi anggota Departemen Luar Negeri dan Perdagangan (DFAT) di kantor mereka di Melbourne. Dua kelas yang berlangsung bersamaan selama delapan minggu dan diadakan dalam jam kerja dirancang khusus dan disampaikan oleh BBBIVT. Peserta kelas termasuk beberapa pihak yang berkepentingan dari sektor layanan publik Victoria.
Michael Ewing, anggota komite BBBIVT, mengajukan proposal untuk menyelenggarakan dan menjadi tuan rumah konferensi Perkumpulan Pendidik Bahasa Indonesia Australia (ASILE) di Melbourne. Berdasarkan diskusi komite sebelumnya, Michael mengusulkan tema 'Mengolah Sastra' dalam segala bentuknya. Konferensi ASILE berlangsung pada September 2018 di University of Melbourne dengan pembicara utama Dr Prudentia dari Universitas Indonesia.
KJRI mengundang BBBIVT untuk menjadi juri bagi peserta dari Victoria dan Tasmania dalam Lomba Pidato Bahasa Indonesia yang diadakan di KJRI pada tahun 2017. Peserta dinilai secara adil berdasarkan berbagai kriteria termasuk kefasihan lisan, pengucapan dan keaslian, serta pemahaman mereka saat menjawab pertanyaan. Pemenangnya kembali berlomba di Canberra untuk memperebutkan kesempatan perjalanan ke Jakarta.
A memorandum of understanding was recently signed between BBBIVT and Madrasah Tsanawiyah in Yogyakarta to provide electronic teaching materials and suitable English language books from Victorian secondary school libraries for their Language Laboratory as well as source volunteer native speakers with teaching experience. As all of these activities indicate, BBBIVT is willing to consider any opportunity that fits our mission statement, which is why BBBIVT provided financial support for the 2017 Ubud Writers Festival founded and directed by Melbourne born Janet De Neefe.
BBBIVT menerima aplikasi untuk kursus pemeliharaan bahasa selama sepuluh hari, yang menawarkan kesempatan bagi para guru untuk merasakan pengalaman kebudayaan unik di Bukittinggi dan Padang Panjang, Sumatera Barat. Bertemu dengan keluarga setempat selama satu minggu di setiap lokasi, peserta mengunjungi Madrasah Islam dan Sekolah Negeri, serta membiasakan diri dengan berbagai industri rumahan.