Nama saya Bu Zara (Ms Zara or Zara Maxwell-Smith).

I’m an Indonesian teacher at an A.C.T. high school and at the Australian National University.


After feeling frustrated with the lack of opportunities for my students to demonstrate their awesome Indonesian skills I decided to create ABBI – Australia Bisa Bahasa Indonesia.

It’s a film competition that will allow students from around Australia to show off and share their work online.

As well as win some pretty significant $ prizes! 🙂


Ayo, kamu bisa! Just go for it!



The Competition

This competition will run yearly to encourage Australians to study Indonesian and share their learning. Please see the Competition Rules or Info for Teachers for more information.

If you would like to sponsor a prize in the future please contact me at:


Support and Sponsorship

The competition is supported by:


Entries will close on the 30th of October.