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People from different walks of life gathered in Jakarta to march for equality, from violence against women, responses to proposed revision of Criminal Code, to homophobia. Read VICE Indonesia’s interviews from the Women’s March event on various reasons to fight against injustice.

In the news

  • The free trade negotiations between Indonesia and Australia resumed last week, and has reached near completion. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had hoped to sign the agreement as President Joko Widodo arrives in Sydney next week for a special Australia and ASEAN Leaders Summit.
  • U.S. News released their 2018 Best Countries ranking and Indonesia and Australia made to top 20 best countries for investing.
  • Inside Indonesia celebrates its 35th year and compiles select articles in their Special Edition.
  • Diver Rich Horner uploaded a video seen swimming through masses of floating plastic at a dive spot off Bali, saying that he has “never seen anything like this scale” of ocean pollution before.
  • UnionSPACE launched a partnership with Australian fintech-focussed coworking space operator Stone & Chalk in Jakarta, which allows fintech startups in Australia and Indonesia to use coworking spaces and share the latest knowledge.
  • The Biennale of Sydney has announced artists who will present work at venues across Sydney. Support the work of Indonesia-based artist Julian Abraham ‘Togar’ showcased in Cockatoo Island.
  • Last week, Humans of New York visited Jakarta to capture deeply moving stories from the Big Durian. Check out Coconut Jakarta’s favourite posts from the visit.

On the blog

  • This week, we interviewed Margaret Katomi, an ethnomusicologist, researcher, and Professor of Music at Monash University. Read her story establishing Music Archive of Monash University and her experience in Australia-Indonesia relationship in our Career Champion series.


  • 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 – Feeling inspired by Margaret Katomi’s work after reading this week’s post? Book your ticket today and come along to the Australia Indonesia Awards’ night of nights to celebrate her and other finalists who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
  • Perth, 10 March – Meet AIYA WA at the International Student Festival tomorrow at the Bell Tower! Explore the stalls and celebrate the wonderful city of Perth.
  • Sydney, 11 March – Come and hang out with the AIYA NSW family at their first event, Sate Sizzle! A great opportunity to socialise and meet new people over delicious Indonesian sate and drinks.
  • Sydney, 12 March – On the eve of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, come to a public lecture by former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Dr Marty Natalegawa will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the members of ASEAN in an era of rapid geopolitical change. RSVP is essential.
  • Adelaide, 14 March – AIYA SA is back with Language Exchange program this semester. Find out what the theme of the program will be and meet new friends to help improve your language skills.
  • Brisbane, 20 March – Join AIYA QLD for their first event of the year! If you are a new international student or new to Indonesian studies, come to the Games Night where you can meet with the Australia Indonesia community.


  • 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: 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!
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • 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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