The wait is over! AIYA is proud to release 2017 AIYA Annual, our wrap-up publication featuring our achievements, highlights, and also YOU, our members and supporters!

In the news

  • ACICIS Founding Director Steps Down: Consortium Director Professor David Hill is retiring after 24 years of founding the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. The legendary Professor Hill has made an absolutely incredible contribution to the lives of so many young Australians and Indonesians and he has been a huge support to AIYA since our organisation’s inception. Selamat, Pak!
  • Indonesia’s first new city, like many others, may not be addressing the urban problems it was supposed to.
  • Last week, Australia hosted six Southeast Asian countries for the inaugural iteration of a subregional defense ministers’ meeting on counterterrorism in Perth. The meeting represents the evolving subregional cooperation around security issues in the region in general as well as deepening collaboration between Australia and ASEAN countries on counterterrorism in particular.
  • Thousands of residents in Indonesia’s capital have been evacuated due to flooding, while landslides in satellite cities around Jakarta have left at least two dead and eight missing.
  • Australia can develop Indonesia’s next generation of talent in logistics, tourism, and digital economy as President Jokowi looks to focus on human capital development by adding 58 million skilled workers by 2030.
  • Much of Indonesia’s raunchy dangdut music is unashamedly erotic, despite various attempts by hardline Muslim groups to censor it. The law against performances of people “dancing or moving in an erotic fashion” is not universally observed.

On the blog

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  • Ubud Food Festival is back! The festival will bring world class chefs, culinary heroes, and outstanding innovators who will join this year’s three-day program of high-energy cooking demos, decadent special events, in-depth discussions, and hands-on masterclasses with the F&B industry’s best. Read the sneak peek at our blog here and you can also volunteer for the event (see Opportunities below).


  • Melbourne, 10 – 12 February – Check out series of Making Connections: the Bundengan of Wonosobo events filled with music exploration, instrument-building, and cross-cultural communities.
  • Brisbane, 12 February – If you want to become more involved or just want the chance to have your say on our direction in the year to come, then come along to this year’s AIYA QLD’s AGM.
  • Melbourne, 14 February – Join AIYA VIC’s weekly Language Exchange sessions each Wednesday night from 6PM at RMIT (CBD).
  • Sydney, 10 March – The annual Australia Indonesia Awards are back! Book your ticket today and come along to the AIA’s night of nights to celebrate those who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.


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