Short films are a great way to share stories and build understanding, and ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition is back with this year’s theme of Youth/Pemuda. Film submissions are now open until 31 July and find out how you can get involved.

In the news

  • Indonesia declared a state of emergency after a deadly oil spill off the coast of the island of Borneo continued to spread. This oil spill costs Indonesia’s poor, whose income relies on fishing.
  • Indonesia’s vast maritime space (second biggest in the world) is hotly contested between modern and traditional fishermen. Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat at the University of Manchester writes about the plight of traditional fishermen in Indonesia.
  • Indonesia busted fish pirates using an 30-km-long net. The ecosystem-endangering vessel may also have been involved in human trafficking.
  • Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara asserted the ministry will surely shut down social media platform Facebook in Indonesia following its users’ data breach scandal. The ministry has sent a written notice on April 5 and urged Facebook to submit a report on the number of Indonesian users’ whose data were breached.
  • Eighty-two people have died and 100 more in a critical condition in two Indonesian provinces after they were poisoned by a batch of bootleg alcohol. It is suspected to be the worst-ever mass fatality caused by alcohol poisoning in the country.
  • Indigenous elders on the Mid North Coast are sharing their knowledge about environmental sustainability with Indonesian marine and fisheries leaders from Maluku.
  • Former general Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Joko Widodo in next year’s presidential election, setting up a rerun of the 2014 race.

On the blog

  • The First Australians were among the world’s earliest great ocean explorers, undertaking a remarkable 2,000 km maritime migration through Indonesia which led to the discovery of Australia at least 65,000 years ago. Find out more about the voyaging routes written by Kasih Norman at the University of Wollongong (originally published on The Conversation).


  • Melbourne, 14 April – The Indonesian Film Festival commences with a FREE Under the Stars screening of ‘Galih dan Ratna’.
  • Darwin, 18-20 April – Check out the Mini Indonesian Film Festival held at Deckchair Cinema.
  • Sydney 3 – 26 April – Visit Fountain Court at Parliament House to check out Jesslyn Putri Imelda’s painting exhibition this month! With the theme of The World, Through Colours, Jesslyn’s work showcasing Indonesia can be seen from 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Melbourne, 26 April – 2 May – The annual Indonesian Film Festival returns, with some of the biggest films of the past year. Get your tickets now to Pengabdi Setan, Marina the Murderer in Four Acts, Banda and more!


  • Join AIYA National! We are on the hunt for a Web and IT Officer. Apply before 20 April!
  • Join AIYA QLD! The Chapter is looking for new team members to join the committee. Check out the open job descriptions and find out how you can apply here. Yuk!
  • Join AIYA Jakarta! AIYA Jakarta is looking to fill the roles of Events Officer, Membership and Partnerships Officer, Treasurer and Secretary, Communications Officer, and General Committee Member at its upcoming AGM in April. If you would like to be part of the AIYA Jakarta team, please send a one-page expression of interest and your CV to [email protected].
  • Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is looking for a Strategic Advisor, South East Asia to be based in Jakarta. Applications close at midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, 16 April 2018.
  • CAUSINDY (Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth) is looking for passionate young Australian and Indonesian professionals to join the team for the upcoming conference as Chief Comms Officer, Tech Officer, Digital Content Office, and Programs Officer. Check out the job descriptions and how you can apply here.
  • Applications for ACICIS’ International Relations Program (IRP), Indonesian Business, Law & Society Program (IBLS) and Agriculture Semester Program (ASP) close this Sunday, 15 April! This is a great opportunity to live, study and intern in Indonesia. $5,000-$7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • The Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure (KIAT) program is looking for a Program Officer – Private Sector Engagement. Applications close on 24 April 2018. For more information, please click here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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