Photo: AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter

On April 19, Australian and Indonesian youth came out to celebrate the revival of the AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter at its soft-opening welcome. Hear about the success of the event from two new members of the revamped Jawa Bawat Chapter on this week’s blog!

In the news

  • Head of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre argues why we should devote more attention to research rather than anecdotal evidence in assessing and policing the threat of violent extremist groups in Indonesia.
  • The latest edition of InsideIndonesia brings together contributions which highlight the challenges in addressing Jakarta’s extensive infrastructural problems.
  • In March this year, Timor Leste and Australia finally reached an agreement on a maritime boundary in the Timor Sea. However this agreement is not without potential repercussions for the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
  • Citarum River is the largest and longest river in West Java but also one of the most polluted in the world. However, a dysfunctional bureaucracy and sectoral ego continue to hinder the implementation of effective, comprehensive clean-up programs to save the live-sustaining Citarum river.
  • Following the arrest of 14 members of the Muslim Cyber Army for defamation, spreading hoaxes and hate speech in March, research conducted by the Southeast Asian Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) sheds light on the strategies and motivations of this nebulous, poorly-understood network.
  • Far from their reputation as ‘urban pests’, Traci Sudana shows how bootleg medicines distributed by roadside medicine sellers play a vital part in Indonesia’s healthcare infrastructure.
  • Indonesia at Melbourne is speaking to Muslim feminist Lies Marcoes on her reflections of the reform process, 20 years since the fall of Soeharto and the New Order regime. Read the interview here!
  • Sharing her personal experience, Inna Hudaya discusses how the legal, social and political realities of Indonesia’s abortion laws continue to disenfranchise Indonesian women and may have dangerous consequences for their health and fertility.
  • Indonesia Hijabfest 2018 will take place early May in Bandung is said to showcase Indonesia’s huge potential to lead the muslim fashion world.
  • Three Indonesian cities, Jakarta, Makassar in South Sulawesi and Banyuwangi in East Java are proposed to be included in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network. Its part of a broader effort to encourage the use of technology to advance city designs in ways that accord with the needs and potential of the region.

On the blog


AIYA is proud to announce that our chapters are hosting screenings of the incredible Indonesian documentary, Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail, across Australia.

  • Adelaide – 3 May, 5pm Multimedia Room, Hub Level 0, Flinders University, Bedford Park
  • Canberra – 17 May, 6:30pm, National Film and Sound Archive
  • Sunshine Coast – 18 May, 7:30pm, USC Art Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane – 19 May, 7:30pm, Queensland College of Art, South Bank Campus, S01, Griffith University
  • Sydney – 24 May, 7pm, Randwick Ritz
  • Darwin – 26 May, 7pm, Charles Darwin University
  • Perth – 5 June, 7pm, Baylis Theatre, University of Western Australia

Grab your tickets using the above links to secure your spot! For any questions about any of the screenings, please contact your local chapter.

  • Perth, 4 May – Join AIYA WA for the next business breakfast hosted by Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) with Ambassador to Australia for Indonesia, H.E. Mr Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo and Hon. Bill Johnston MLA will also be addressing this gathering. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Yogyakarta, 9 May – Come along to the AIYA Yogyakarta Trivia Night to test your knowledge of Indonesia and Australia and compete for ultimate trivia glory! The event will take place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Bjong Ngopi Nologaten and is free for members. Ayo!
  • Jawa Barat, 10 May – Join AIYA Jawa Barat for their next Language Exchange to be held at CafeOz in Bandung, from 7-9:30pm. Check out their Facebook or Instagram pages for more details!

AsiaLink Business is hosting ‘#ASEANinAus: The next steps in seizing the digital opportunity’: A series of pop-forums in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane exploring how sunrise industries are transforming SE Asia’s economic, consumer and social landscapes and how Australian organisations and innovators can connect into the region’s rapidly evolving and dynamic digital architecture.

  • MelbourneTuesday 15 May, 42/101 Collins St
  • Sydney – Wednesday 16 May, 34/161 Castlereagh St
  • BrisbaneThursday 17 May, 31/480 Queen St

If you’re interested, get your tickets using the above links!

  • Sydney, 18 May – Join the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’s annual Politics in Action Forum, bringing political updates from Southeast Asia to researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines and beyond.
  • Canberra, 23 May – Come to AIYA ACT’s annual Networking Night! Held in the Indonesian Embassy, mingle between students and professionals, create networks, and be inspired by the benefits of studying Indonesian!


  • Join the Asialink’s team in Sydney! Every year Asialink Business’ Sydney office offers a fantastic internship opportunity to the AIYA network. Click here for more information on the position. Applications close on 6 May.
  • Join AIYA National! We are on the hunt for a Web and IT Officer. Applications are due TODAY, 4 April 2018.
  • 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].
  • 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 the AIC’s ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival are now open! This year’s theme is ‘Youth’. Ayo, bikin film, yuk! Submission close on 31 July 2018.
  • Want to take your business abroad? Telstra, in association with Austrade and the Australia Indonesia Business Council, is hosting a virtual event designed to help people successfully expand their business into Indonesia. Register your interest here!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do and want to join or support your local chapter to contribute to our exciting activities? Sign up as an AIYA member today!