Where should trade, aid, military and cultural ties come into the Australia-Indonesia relationship? Is it all about the government-to-government linkages, or does something more need to happen at the grassroots level to build connections between individuals?

AIYA surveyed its members to see what they thought was really happening, and to help observers understand how the Australia-Indonesia relationship looks from the perspective of young people working on the ground to build it.

The survey captured the views of 206 AIYA members from across Australia and Indonesia. Results from the survey were used in AIYA’s submission to DFAT’s Indonesia Country Strategy.

The Survey focused on three main topics:

  • Demographics of our membership—what kind of young Indonesia enthusiasts are attracted to an organisation like AIYA?
  • Priorities for developing the Australia-Indonesia relationship from the point of view of members, and
  • Barriers which members think are holding up the improvement of the relationship.

It turns out that the Western Australia Chapter, with the largest student membership base, isn’t so different from the New South Wales Chapter, which has the largest proportion of working members—so what do they actually think? Click here to read the survey results and find out.