In the news

  • Should Australia be a member of ASEAN? As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to host leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Sydney on March 17-18, a report released on Tuesday from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute makes the case for membership.
  • On Monday, Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than five kilometres into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes.
  • On 8 February, the Constitutional Court issued a decision that paves the way for the national legislature (DPR) to compel the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to attend questioning, using its so-called hak angket powers. Professor Simon Butt presents a legal analysis of the decision.
  • Orangutans, which inhabit both the Indonesian and Malaysian sides of Borneo, as well as the Indonesian region of Sumatra, are an endangered species, with some populations critically endangered. A recent New York Times coverage shows that Borneo has lost more than 100,000 orangutans in 16 years.
  • Indonesia law recognises both international human rights norms and ‘religious values’. The latter are increasingly taking precedence. Read Daniel Peterson’s response to the recently published The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index report.

On the blog

  • AIYA NT President and Bachelor of Law student Max Stretton has just completed a stint at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, studying Indonesian and volunteering for AIYA Yogyakarta. Read on to learn more!


  • Sydney, 9 March – Join a talk with Into the Light Indonesia, a youth-based community for suicide prevention and mental health promotion to discuss the work of young people in eradicating suicide stigma in Indonesia.
  • 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.


  • The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) is looking for a Deputy Resident Director for ACICIS’ Indonesia programs. Check out the position description and how to apply here and apply before 2 March.
  • Are you a food blogger? Do you enjoy working in large international scale events? Ubud Food Festival 2018 is looking for volunteers this April! Registrations will close 9 March.
  • Monash University is seeking an International Alumni Manager, based out of the Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO) in Jakarta. Click the link below for more information and apply before 11 March.
  • Amnesty International Indonesia is looking for a Jakarta-based Deputy Director. Apply before 15 March 2018!
  • Applications for ACICIS’ Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) and Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP) are now open! This is a great opportunity to study at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. $5,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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