Photograph by Andrew Taylor/ASEANinAus

This year’s ASEAN–Australia Special Summit led some Australian commentators to advocate for Australia to join ASEAN. However as Malcolm Cook writes, Australia’s dialogue partner relationship with ASEAN is more suitable for Australian interests in SE Asia than the idea of ASEAN membership.

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In the news


  • Yogyakarta, TODAY – AIYA Yogyakarta will be holding a stall at the ACICIS NGO Fair, held at UGM from 1pm! Check out the Facebook event for more details.
  • Bandung, 11 August – AIYA Jawa Barat is hosting a welcome dinner for all new ACICIS Semester 47 students! Come along to Braga Art Cafe from 5:30pm to meet AIYA National members and see how you can get involved. Check out the Facebook event here!
  • Melbourne, 11 August – Come along to the Museum of Indonesian Arts at East & West Art, 665 High Street, East Kew. From 3pm, the official opening of ‘Encountering Indonesian Art’ will take place, the exhibition to be opened by Her Excellency Consul of Indonesia, Ms. Spica A Tutuhatunewa. Gold coin donation entry.
  • Jakarta, 11 August – Check out AIYA Jakarta’s information stall at the WISH (World Indonesian Scholarship) Forum this Saturday! To find out more details, visit the link.
  • Adelaide, 14 August – AIYA SA will be having their Annual General Meeting at 6pm, Flinders at Victoria Square so make sure to come along and have your say! Positions for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and General Executive Members will be voted in so if you’re interested in applying please visit the link.
  • Melbourne, 14 August Berbahasa is back for semester 2. If you’re around Monash University, Clayton on a Tuesday make sure you come by AIYA Victoria and PPIA Monash’s Berbahasa sessions. It’s free, fun and a great way to improve your language skills!
  • Canberra, 15 August – AIYA ACT LX! Llewellyn Hall, 5:30pm.
  • Melbourne, 15 August – AIYA Victoria LX! Building 80, RMIT, 6pm.
  • Brisbane, 17 August – AIYA Queensland is going to the IndoOz Business Networking Dinner, with the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Pak Yohanes Kristiarto Legowo to attend. Tickets are limited so check the event for details.
  • Melbourne, 20 August – Hosted by the Indonesia Forum, join Dr Robertus Robet, head of sociology at the State University of Jakarta, as he delivers a seminar on ‘Academics and Electoral Politics in Indonesia’ at University of Melbourne, 3-4pm. To register your interest, click here.
  • Denpasar, 24 August – Professor Petra Tschakert, Deputy Head of School in the University of Western Australia School of Agriculture & Environment, will present a lecture on “Indonesia’s Position in Rural and International Development: Gender and Equality”. Please RSVP by 23 August, early registration is essential!
  • Makassar, 25 August – AIYA East Indonesia LX at 7pm! Check out their Facebook page for more details.
  • Brisbane, 30 August – Come along to the Indonesia Opportunities Networking Event held by AIYA and AIBC Queensland. It’s a chance for young professionals, business people and entrepreneurs to discover the opportunities that Indonesia provides.
  • Jakarta, 1 September – Interested in studying at Australia National University? Come to ANU Indonesia Open Day in Jakarta to explore your study options and scholarship opportunities. Register your interest here!


  • Join AIYA National! We are recruiting a social media officer, web officer, and graphic designer for our Communications team. For more information and how to apply, head over to the position descriptions here. Applications are due TONIGHT!
  • The AIYA South Australia AGM will be held on the 14 August. To apply, please nominate yourself by TONIGHT! For more info on the positions available and how to apply, visit their Facebook page.
  • Join AIYA Jawa Barat! The Chapter in Bandung is recruiting for Semester 2. All Indonesian and Australian ACICIS students are welcome to apply. Fill out an expression of interest form here! Applications are due 15 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.
  • 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”. Head to the NAILA website for more information. Applications are open until 31 August!
  • Our partner at UniAir Cargo is now offering AIYA members in Australia a discount for over 50kg shipments to Indonesia. Contact your local chapter on how you can take advantage of this opportunity!
  • Focus Group Participants Wanted for research on Indonesian Studies and Australia-Indonesia relations! Two focus group discussions will be held at The University of Melbourne on Monday 27 August at 1-2pm and Thursday 30 August at 1-2pm. You will receive a $30 Coles Myer or Co-op bookshop gift card for your time. Email Dr Avery Poole at [email protected] to register your interest.
  • Recruitment consultant, Legal Eagles are seeking qualified solicitors fluent in Indonesian for a paid temporary role (1-2 months) starting soon. It’s a great opportunity to work as a paralegal on an e-Discovery project for an international firm and can be based in Sydney or Brisbane. Contact Jo on 3231 1200 or [email protected].
  • New Mandala is offering six young Indonesians with public policy expertise and an interest in writing an opportunity to join their team as Correspondent Fellows for the 2019 campaign season. Click here for more information and candidate criteria. Submit your application using this online form before 21:00WIB on Tuesday 21 August.
  • Early Bird tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now! The first round of speakers has also been announced, including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Learn more here.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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