Ms Elena Williams and ACICIS team. Selamat Sukses, Mbak Ele!

In the news

  • If you’re a young Australian engaged with Indonesia, there’s a very strong chance that you have had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Ms Ele Williams. Ele has played a critical role in the continued success of the ACICIS programs, and she has recently finished up as Resident Director. AIYA is incredibly grateful for everything Ele has achieved during her 4.5 year stint at ACICIS and for the support and semangat that she has provided to our Indonesian chapters and beyond. On behalf of young Australians and Indonesians everywhere, Selamat Sukses, Mbak Ele!
  • Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced Gary Quinlan will be Australia’s next ambassador to Indonesia. Selamat, Pak Gary!
  • What does education look like at the fringes of Indonesia, in areas lacking much of the basic infrastructure of urban and Javan areas, and where communities have different ideas about individual success and wellbeing? Check out Ben Laksana’s post from Hitadipa district, deep within the mountains of Papua.
  • Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Digital Economy Fellow Helen Brown sat down to discuss digital diplomacy with Director of Sesparlu Odo Manuhutu and how Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is ready to embrace advanced technology.
  • Despite serious security threats over violent Islamist extremism affecting Indonesia, some former militants have turned their back. Listen to Talking Indonesia’s podcast as Dr Dirk Tomsa talks to Associate Professor Julie Chernov Hwang on what causes terrorists to quit and how governments and peace activists can learn from patterns of disengagement.
  • Dr Robertus Robet looks at the controversial changes to the MD3 Law, which he says will result in a House of Representatives (DPR) that is resistant to criticism and immune from prosecution.

On the blog

  • Meet New Colombo Plan Scholar and nasi padang enthusiast James Ritchie in this week’s Member Spotlight! Hailing from Tasmania, check out his story on how James grew to love Indonesia from his gap year teaching English at a school.
  • #ICYMI – have another read of Liam Gammon’s book review of ‘Risky Business’ by Ari Sharp.

Have you read or viewed an interesting Indonesian or Australian book or movie lately? Get your review published on the AIYA Blog! Email us at [email protected] if you’re keen to contribute. Resensi pakai Bahasa Indonesia juga boleh!



  • Applications for the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) Grant Round 2018/19 is now open! AII grants contribute to a more broadly based and enduring relationship between Australia and Indonesia and foster positive images of Australia and Indonesia in each other’s country. For information on the 2018 round, visit the Australia-Indonesia Institute Grant Guidelines 2018 page.
  • TODAY: 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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