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This weekend, ASEAN leaders will be in Sydney to attend the first ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. This year, the conference will include a leaders’ summit and retreat, a business summit, and a counter-terrorism conference. The Conversation highlights what’s to come in few days.

In the news

  • There has been a rising trend of social media facilitating the radicalisation and recruitment of a new generation of terrorists. Terrorism scholar Solahudin writes the role of social media in terrorism ‘zaman now’.
  • The drafting process of Indonesia’s Criminal Code, the KUHP, has gained criticisms due to its regressive articles. What will the implications be for Indonesian democracy if the current draft passes? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Anugerah Rizki Akbari in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.
  • In countering youth radicalisation in Indonesia, Cameron Sumpter writes that exposure to difference can be the first step towards breaking down intolerance through the Maarif Institute’s annual youth camp.
  • Discussions on maritime boundaries between Indonesia and Australia might be reopened despite a recent deal was finally struck to resolve a similar dispute between East Timor and Australia.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre recently organised a forum on Digital Economy, that  brought together lead thinkers in trade, business and digital technology. Read the forum’s recap that showcases trends on why Australian businesses need to wake up to a digital world.
  • Our Operations Officer (Indonesia), Sophie Hewitt, shares a reflection on how her experience in Indonesia has been and her goals as a New Colombo Plan scholar on the Year in Asia program.
  • Rights group Ciliwung Merdeka urged the Jakarta administration to come good with its promise to build kampung susun or “stacked kampung,” for residents who now live on the banks of the Ciliwung River. Long associated with poor neighborhoods, kampung susun is a new concept that urban artists love.

On the blog

  • A few years ago, Melbourne’s Tasia and Gracia Seger won My Kitchen Rules. Now, they answer some quick-fire questions for us after being nominated for the Australia Indonesia Association Awards 2018.


  • Canberra, TODAY – Keen to learn Indonesian in a fun and interactive way? Whether you’re a beginner or have advanced language skills, this event is for you. Join AIYA ACT and PPIA ANU for Language Exchange.
  • 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.
  • Yogyakarta, 20 March – Are you an Indonesian student who has always wanted to live and study in Australia? Come along to AIYA Yogya’s information evening about the Australia Awards Scholarship! Interested? Register here.
  • Melbourne, 21 March – Want to practise your Indonesian or English? Language Exchange is on at AIYA VIC, held every Wednesday at 6pm in RMIT Academic Building 80 (445 Swanston St). All language levels are welcome!  
  • Adelaide, 22 March – Join AIYA SA for their official opening event of the year, ‘Nibbles & Nongkrong’ at the Cumberland Hotel. This will be a get-to-know-you event for all those interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and newcomers to Adelaide are encouraged to attend! For more details please follow the AIYA SA Facebook page.
  • Sydney, 27 March – Join Edward Herbst, Director of the Bali 1928 Repatriation Project, for a lecture and film screening on gender, crossing-dressing and androgyny in 1930’s archival films in Balinese dance-drama.
  • Perth, 27 March – AIYA WA will be hosting a Basa-Basi event with Jewel Topsfield, former Indonesia Correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. This event will be of interest for anyone interested in pursuing careers in Australia-Indonesia related matters, especially journalism. For more details please follow the AIYA WA Facebook page.


  • Are you based in Bandung this semester? The Jawa Barat Chapter is looking for new committee members! Australians and Indonesians are all welcome to register their interest here, by 26 March.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Australian Embassy in Jakarta recognises and honours Australian alumni who have gained unique distinction and made outstanding contributions to their profession, community and country in the Alumni Awards. Online nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards are now open until 23 March.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Don’t miss out Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria’s Term 2 Bahasa Indonesia Language Classes! Take advantage of their early bird offer of 10% discount by signing up online before 7 April.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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