As an experienced language teacher, teacher trainer and language curriculum consultant, Tata Survi migrated from his native Jogjakarta to Melbourne in 2oo2.
He has become a keen promoter of Indonesian language and culture in Australia through his profession and as an active member of the Indonesian community.
He has taught Indonesian language in numerous Melbourne secondary schools and is a statewide VCE examiner and designer of LOTE tasks for the Victorian Curriculum Corporation. His teaching also extends to the corporate sphere where he has provided language classes to employees of private corporations looking to improve business relations with Indonesia.
He is currently the vice president of the Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria (AIAV) and the coordinator of their Indonesian language classes. Through AIA he developed a unique exchange program for high school students and a language immersion program for adults that make use of his extensive networks in Jogjakarta.
Both programs allow participants to develop their language skills through living with local families and experiencing rural village life as well as city living.
He is also the co-director of IndoAustay Ltd., a non-profit company set up by the Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria for organising the exchange program to Indonesia for Australian students completing Year 10 and Year 11 secondary schooling.
He was an active committee member of the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (VILTA) where he used to be the coordinator of their Why Learn Indonesian? forum. At the end of each year he spends an extended period in Jogjakarta coordinating the successful Jogjakarta Immersion Program (also under the auspicious of IndoAustay) and developing his associations both professionally and within the community.