In the news

  • In light of the terrorist attacks which have rocked Indonesia this past fortnight, raises the important role educational institutions play in promoting tolerance and halting the spread of radicalism.
  • Indonesia is poised to become a world leader in geothermal energy. The World Bank is helping the Indonesian government to establish an innovative credit facility to unlock investment in geothermal energy.
  • New Mandala explore how new discoveries relating to an ancient shipwreck in the Java Sea provide an incredible resource for scholars of the past, by yielding historical connections between people, ideas and people.
  • Indonesia at Melbourne reveals what Soeharto’s six children have gone on to do, twenty years after the fall of Soeharto’s New Order regime.
  • Cocoa provides a significant income for Indonesia’s economy, but production has sharply declined since 2011. A recent study looking at cocoa farming practices in Sulawesi delivered an impressive range of findings to diverse local audiences which enshrined the importance of health and financial literacy to ongoing sustainability.
  • Indonesia’s Communications Minister, Rudiantara looks to adopt the German model which aims to make social media platforms more responsible rather than cracking down on individuals in the fight against fake news, online radicalism and terrorism.
  • Vanessa Hearman reviews Michael Leach’s latest book, Nation-Building & National Identity in Timor-Leste, which explores the rise of East Timorese nationalism over the last forty years. It highlights how Timor Leste’s conception of nation was defined against Indonesia’s rule of territory from 1975 to 1999.
  • Since the demise of Soeharto’s authoritarian regime, Indonesian artists have enjoyed unprecedented artistic freedom and even major commercial successes regionally and globally. Indonesia at Melbourne explores how issues of social injustice, regime oppression and social critique still influence the Indonesian visual art scene today.
  • It appears Indonesia will grant India access to facilities at the strategically located Indonesian island of Sabang. India has steadily been expanding its involvement with a range of strategically placed port facilities amid growing concern over Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s more expeditionary role in the Indian Ocean region.
  • Marvel’s Black Panther is one of the most successful international movies of all time. To add to its acclaim, the movie is believed to have inspired a new trend in ramadan attire in Indonesia.

On the blog

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is the third and last movie screened during the Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) 2018 to be reviewed on the AIYA Blog. It pioneers a new genre called the “Satay Western” with its portrayal of a female-driven journey of vengeance and justice.


AIYA are still hosting screenings of the incredible Indonesian documentary, Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail, across Australia.

  • Darwin – 26 May, 7pm, Blue Building 1, Charles Darwin University
  • Perth – 5 June, 7pm, University of Western Australia
  • Hobart – 8 June, 7pm, Centenary Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania

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

Other events:

  • Sydney, 26 May – Come see EPILOGUE, an original musical production created and performed by members the University of Technology Sydney’s Indonesian Student Association (PPIA) on 26 May at the UTS Great Hall, Ultimo. Click here for tickets!
  • Sydney, 26 May – Attend the launch of Call Me A Winner, the first book by Indonesian writer Novia Myta. It will be held at the Love Life Store, 78 Queen Street, Concord West at 10am. Register now as spots are limited!
  • Kupang, 28 May – AIYA East Indonesia NTT are hosting a Trivia Night and Language Exchange on 28 May, 6-7pm. It will be held at C & A Food Court Jl. Frans Seda, Walikota, Kupang. Ayo!


  • Join AIYA NSW! AIYA NSW is on the hunt for new executive committee members. Positions available include: Treasurer, Professional Programs Offer, Communications Team Member(s), Education Team Member(s), Socio-cultural Team Member(s) and Professional Programs Team Member(s). See the full position description here. Please direct questions and applications to [email protected]. Applications are due TONIGHT 25 May 2018, 11:59pm.
  • 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!
  • International Internships is seeking a new Indonesia Program Facilitator. You will help deliver and support International Internships’ Indonesia-based programs including study intensives and internships. The position is based in Jakarta and commences in June 2018. For more information, click here!
  • Indonesian teachers wanted! Wonthaggi Secondary College is seeking two Indonesian teachers. The roles are for an Indonesian/English teacher (graduate, ongoing) and an Indonesian/second subject TBA (contract). The school is located in picturesque South East Gippsland in the town of Wonthaggi. If interested check out Recruitment Online or contact Kate Hill: [email protected].
  • Indonesia’s Bureau of Foreign Cooperation in the Ministry of Education and Culture are hosting an Indonesian speech and story competition for non-native speakers later this year. For more details about entry requirements, this year’s theme and how to apply, click here! Online applications close on the 31st of May 2018! Ayo!
  • Indonesia specialists needed! The Australian Government’s Office of National Assessments (ONA) is currently advertising Indonesia open source analyst positions, well suited to graduates/early career Indonesian speakers. The work requires a good knowledge of Indonesia and an ability to translate from Indonesian to English. Applicant information kits and further details are available on the ONA website.
  • A University of Adelaide student is completing a research unit, looking at AIYA as an actor in the Australia-Indonesia relationship. If you would like to contribute and have 5 minutes to spare, please fill out the survey.
  • Are you a youth leader (21-35 years old) in the Australia-Indonesia space? CAUSINDY wants you for its annual youth conference! This year’s program will be held from 5-8 September in Makassar, the vibrant maritime capital of South Sulawesi and gateway to eastern Indonesia. Applications close 4 June 2018. Don’t miss out!
  • Indonesia Development Forum (Jakarta, 10-11 July 2018) is hosting a competition to tackle regional disparities across the Indonesian archipelago. You must submit either a blog, vlog, or infographic which discusses how you would overcome regional inequalities (#AtasiKesenjangan) in Indonesia.
  • 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.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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