NAILA 2018 is now open for applications!

Go to the Opportunities section below to find out more.

In the news

  • Last week, voters in half of Indonesia’s 34 provinces went to the polls to elect their leaders. However, it was not a good result for incumbents in general with 5 of the 7 who contested the elections failing to be re-elected.
  • While the Indo-Pacific is slowly replacing Asia-Pacific as the dominant economic and security paradigm, it remains subject to numerous security challenges. Enhancing the Indo-Australis strategic triangle, comprised of Australia, India and Indonesia is seen as the first step in overcoming the area’s numerous security challenges.
  • Jokowi officially inaugurated Indonesia’s first wind farm, located in South Sulawesi. With similar projects in West Java and East Kalimantan currently in development, its suggested to mark the beginning of Indonesia’s embrace of renewable energy.
  • Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture have recently instituted a new regulation regarding admittance of students. Prospective students of public schools will now be admitted based on a zone system, defined by proximity of a household to a school.
  • ANU researcher Dr Ross Tapsell met Bandung mayor Ridwan Kamil the day after his victory in the West Java gubernatorial election. He answered some questions for the New Mandela readership about ‘black campaigns’, the religious vote, and even running for president.

On the blog

  • Recently, new archaeological findings have revealed the lives of early Aboriginal Australians as early as 65,000 years ago. But how was it even possible for people to get to Australia in the first place? A recent study shows that colonisation of Australia by 50,000 years ago was achieved by a globally significant phase of purposeful and coordinated marine voyaging from Southeast Asia.
  • With the National Australia Indonesian Language Awards (NAILA) applications opening this week, we revisit NAILA Tertiary Awardee Shant Omodei-James’ experience of presenting her speech submission at the distinguished contest in 2016.


  • Jakarta, 9 July – “Joining global production networks: has Indonesia missed the boat?” will be the topic of the 2018 Hadi Soesastro Lecture by ANU Professor Prema-chandra Athukorala in Jakarta at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Please register as space is limited!
  • Jakarta, 11 July – Join AIYA Jakarta to watch the Banda Movie Screening at the GoWork Space, Pacific Place at 7pm on Wednesday 11 July. Check out the Facebook event here!
  • Melbourne, 16 July – Join The Hon Kevin Rudd and Terry Moran AC for ‘Challenges Facing Australian Governance’, hosted by the La Trobe Ideas & Society Program. Don’t miss out on what is certain to be a fascinating and illuminating conversation about governance in Australia.  Please book early as interest is likely to be high!
  • Adelaide, 21 July – Gather your friends and come along to the Australia-Indonesia Association (AIA) of South Australia’s Gala Dinner and Wayang at the Art Gallery to experience the tastes and sounds of the Spice Islands. Get your tickets here!
  • Melbourne, 23 July – ‘Australia & Indonesia: Can we be friends?’, hosted by the Australia Indonesia Council and Australian Foreign Affairs will examine the turbulent relationship between Australia and Indonesia, and the missteps that have prevented the forging of a friendship. Please register as places are limited!


  • Join AIYA National! Enjoy our In The Blog section so far? We are now looking for Blog Editors to join the team! Read more about the role here and apply before 15 July.
  • Join AIYA ACT! The Chapter is looking for an events officer and general committee members, please contact [email protected] to express your interest.
  • Join AIYA East Indonesia! The Chapter in Makassar is looking for new committee members for the AGM which will be announced shortly. Go to to apply.
  • Calling all Indonesian speakers to join National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2018 competition. Submit a video of yourself speaking in Indonesian on this year’s theme “Diversity”. Total prizes for 10 categories is 11,500 AUD. Head to the NAILA website for more information. Applications are open until 31 August!
  • The Australian phase of Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) will be hosted in Melbourne and Bendigo in October and November this year which means the program is looking for host families and host organisations in both locations! If you would like to be a host family or a host organisation for one of the lovely 18 Indonesian participants please apply here.
  • If you would like to become an Australian AIYEP participant applications are now open until 18 July! To apply you must be between 21-25 years of age, be a team player and want to learn more about Indonesia. Ayo daftar!
  • Join talented students around the globe in the 2018 Universitas Hasanuddin International Cultural Program 2018 to be held on the 13-19 August 2018 in Makassar, Indonesia! Further information is available here. Registration closes 15 July 2018, so don’t hesitate to apply!
  • Applications for the AIC’s ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival are open! This year’s theme is ‘Youth’. Ayo, bikin film, yuk! Submission close 31 July.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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