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Victorian Young Leaders: Indonesia Virtual Pilot 2023

This program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Education and facilitated by Asia Education Foundation at the University of Melbourne. All Victorian Year 9 student places are fully-funded by the Victorian Department of Education. 



Strengthening Indonesian Language Skills and Connecting Year 9 Students Across Victoria and Indonesia



The Victorian Young Leaders: Indonesia Virtual Pilot Program 2023 is a new initiative of the Victorian Department of Education. The VYL Indonesia 2023 is a 3-week virtual Indonesian Language learning program for 44 Year 9 students in Victorian schools.
The aim of this program is to support Year 9 Victorian students to develop Indonesian language skills, understanding of culture and connect Victorian students with their peers across the State and in Indonesia. VYL: Indonesia is an immersive 3-week online Indonesia Language program for Year 9 Victorian students. Students will participate online in Indonesian Language lessons for 2 hours each day (1pm to 3pm) for 3 weeks, facilitated and delivered by VIT Registered Indonesian Language teachers.

The program will occur in the afternoons from Monday 31st of July (week 4 of Term 3) until Friday 18th of August (week 6 Term 3). Students will be placed into one of three classes of 15 students with an Indonesian language teacher and University of Melbourne undergraduate student mentors. 

Week 1 and 2 will focus on students' Indonesian Language skills and topics related to health and wellbeing. In week 3 Victorian students will connect online with peers from Indonesia and develop a collaborative bi-lingual campaign to promote good health and wellbeing.

There is no cost for student places in the program. Places are limited with only 44 places available. Expressions of Interest are necessary. Victorian schools can register up to a maximum of 4 Year 9 students to participate in the program at no cost.

Schools expressing interest must confirm that the students have studied Indonesian in Year 7 and 8 and have the opportunity at the school to continue their Indonesian Language studies in Year 10.





  • Teacher and Student Onboarding and Briefings - Week of 12th June (second last week of Term 2)
  • Teacher Briefing Wed 14th June ONLINE 3.30-4.30pm
  • Student Briefing Thurs 15th June ONLINE 3.30-4.30pm


Week One

Program Opening - (Day 1): Monday 31st of July 1pm to 3pm

Introduction of program objectives and participants, including engaging keynote speaker (two hours)


Week One and Two – (Day 2 to 10): Tuesday 1st August to Friday 11th August 1pm to 3pm each day

Intensive Indonesian Language course (two-hours instruction per day online 1pm to 3pm) to develop students’ Indonesian language skills using the scope and sequence for Levels 9 and 10 in the Victorian Curriculum - Languages Indonesian. Lesson topics will be related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing and particularly 'Student Health and Wellbeing' aligned to the Indonesian curriculum, other Learning Areas, and General Capabilities. 


Week Three – (Day 11 to 14): Monday 14th Aug to Friday 18th Aug 1pm to 3pm each day:  

Collaboration between 40-45 Victorian Year 9s and 40-45 Indonesian peers (up to two- hours contact time per day) to collaboratively develop a bi-lingual campaign related to student health and wellbeing.



  • Debrief and Feedback Sessions
  • Tuesday 12th September - face-to-face at the University of Melbourne 10am to 2pm
  • OR
  • Wednesday 13th September - online 12pm to 3pm


Open to all Victorian Year 9 Students. Up to 4 students per school.


This forum will be delivered online via Zoom.


With funding from the Victorian Department of Education, participation in this forum is free for all Victorian schools. 

For all enquires, please email

Victorian students will: 

• Deepen content knowledge about Australia and Australia’s engagement with Indonesia through language learning and meaningful interdisciplinary and project-based learning tasks linked to the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (Level 9) in:

- Languages (Indonesian) Levels 9-10 

- General Capabilities (Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural, Personal and Social)

- Cross-Curriculum Priorities (Australia’s engagement with Asia, Sustainability) 

- Humanities (Civics and Citizenship, Geography, Economics and Business, History) 

• Build intercultural understanding and personal-social capabilities through meaningful activities and engagement with Indonesian peers. 

• Consolidate Indonesian language skills and understanding of Indonesian culture through exposure to content delivered in both English and Indonesian, and opportunities to practice and receive timely feedback on language skill development. 

• Build Global Citizenship skills and strengthen leadership, voice and agency skills by participating in individual and group learning tasks and presentations to explore global issues between Australia and Indonesia. 

• Develop greater awareness of the benefits of learning a language, and opportunities to continue the study of Indonesian language beyond Year 9. 

Key dates

  • Early Expressions of Interest - Close 5pm Friday 10th March, 2023
  • General Expressions of Interest - close 5pm Friday 24th March, 2023
  • Notification of outcome - Week commencing 3rd April, 2023


  • Teacher and Student Onboarding and Briefings - Week of 12th June (second last week of Term 2)
  • Teacher Briefing Wed 14th June ONLINE 3.30-4.30pm
  • Student Briefing Thurs 15th June ONLINE 3.30-4.30pm


  • WEEK 1 of Program (week 4 of Term 3) Intensive Language Classes (Online) - 
  • Monday 31st July (ZOOM) 1pm to 3pm - Launch Event 
  • Tuesday 1st Aug 1 to 3pm
  • Wed 2nd Aug 1-3pm
  • Thurs 3rd Aug 1-3 pm
  • Fri 4th Aug 1-3 pm


  • Week 2 (week 5 of Term 3) Intensive Language Classes (Online) - 
  • Mon 7th Aug 1-3pm
  • Tues 8th Aug 1-3pm
  • Wed 9th Aug 1-3pm
  • Thurs 10th Aug 1-3pm
  • Fri 11th Aug 1-3pm


  • Week 3 (week 6 of Term 3) Collaborative project with Indonesian peers
  • Mon 14th Aug 1-3pm
  • Tues 15th Aug 1-3pm
  • Wed 16th Aug 1-3pm
  • Thurs 17th Aug 1-3pm
  • Fri 18th Aug 1-3pm


  • Debrief and Feedback Sessions
  • Tuesday 12th September - face-to-face at the University of Melbourne 10am to 2pm
  • OR
  • Wednesday 13th September - online 12pm to 3pm



2016 AEF Autumn School


  • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
  • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
  • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
  • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

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