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At midnight on ANZAC Day, submissions to our third annual AIYA Survey officially closed, and what an amazing result! After a one-week extension, to allow any stragglers the chance to respond (you know who you are!), we have tallied some headline statistics which we’re delighted to share. Firstly, the 2016 survey attracted one of the largest responses we have ever received, and we owe it all to the members and friends of AIYA. Thanks for taking the time to share your views and ideas with us. These results enable us to make AIYA an even better organisation, and ensure we continue representing your views in our mission to connect, inform and inspire Australian and Indonesian young people.

We were thrilled to receive responses from residents of every state in Australia, and in close to two thirds of the provinces of Indonesia. We achieved a rough balance between female and male, Indonesian and Australian, and across our target age groups in our survey respondents. People from many different stages of education and fields of expertise were represented, including a number of students still in high school!

Of those already in the workforce, close to one third of respondents identified themselves as working in the education and training sector. This reflects the huge importance of education in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and the passion of Australian and Indonesian teachers and trainers.

We were inundated with valuable suggestions and ideas which will be used to inform AIYA’s advice and advocacy programs. The AIYA Survey team are now working to create a final survey report, in which we will provide a detailed analysis of the results and highlight the key messages and suggestions we received. We’re looking forward to delving into all your feedback and valuable ideas. The report will be released in June-July, so watch this space!

Thanks to Nick Mark, Mike Tarn and Sam Bashfield from the AIYA Survey team, as well as Natasha Burrows and her legendary Comms team, for all their hard work.