Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made first trip overseas less than a week after being sworn in, flying to Jakarta to conclude a free trade agreement with Indonesia. Under the agreement, the Indonesian government would open doors for Australian universities to operate in Indonesia.

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  • Are you interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and have ideas to share? Now is your chance! Artikel dalam Bahasa Indonesia juga diterima. Yuk menulis untuk blog AIYA!
  • Check out the story of Julie-ann Lambourne, a Torres Strait Islander innovator who recently visited Bali for a workshop on virtual reality, empowering women in leadership, and digital innovation.


  • Makassar, 1 September – Join the Makassar team at their Banda Movie Screening this Saturday from 9am at Golden Gate Education Makassar! Check out their Instagram for more details.
  • Jakarta, 1 September – Interested in studying at Australia National University? Come to the ANU Indonesia Open Day in Jakarta to explore study options and scholarship opportunities. Register your interest here!
  • Brisbane, 5 September – AIYA Queensland and ISAQ presents the the award winning documentary, ‘Tainted Love’, about the songbird crisis in Indonesia. Join us for the Discussion Series and Movie Screening with the topic “Singing to Extinction”. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
  • Kupang, 8 September – Come along to Kupang’s LX, ‘Chit Chat Night’! Held at C&A Food Court from 6pm, check out their Instagram for more details.
  • Sydney, 8 September – Enjoy a night of laughter at PPIA USYD’s biggest event, Nusantawa at Seymour Theatre! There will be Darto and Danang, Adjis Doa Ibu & Gilang Gombloh as well as Glenn Fredly to perform. Don’t miss out!
  • Canberra, 14-15 September – The theme of this year’s annual Indonesia Update is ‘Contentious belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia’. Held at Australia National University (ANU), don’t miss out on what is to be a fascinating discussion on the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Get your tickets here!
  • Jakarta, 15 September – Thinking about studying at the University of Melbourne? Register to attend UniMelb’s September Information Day in Jakarta.
  • Bandung, 18 September- Register to attend the University of Melbourne’s September Information Day in Bandung.
  • Melbourne & Yogyakarta, 26 September – The third ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2018 is set to premiere on September 26! Click here to reserve your tickets!
  • Sydney, 27 September – Join SSEAC for the launch of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies (Cambridge University Press), by Hans Pols from 5:30pm. The launch will be followed by a Balinese dance performance and refreshments. Register online here.
  • Ubud, 24-28 October – Tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now with speakers including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Get yours here now!
  • Gold Coast, 11-13 November – Save the date for the AIBC Conference 2018: Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change! Registrations are now open for your chance to mingle with the who’s who of the bilateral business community.


  • Join AIYA NTT Kupang! If you’re a young, passionate person based in Kupang and are interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, join the Kupang team at their AGM on 21 September. See their Instagram for more details!
  • 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.
  • Last chance to provide your video submission for the  National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2018 competition. Applications close TONIGHT! Ayo semua, inilah kesempatan kamu untuk membuktikan bakat berbahasa Indonesia!
  • 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!
  • Swisscontact’s Sustainable Cocoa Production Program has partnered with the University of Sydney to research the diffusion of good agricultural practices among Indonesian cocoa farmers. Sydney Uni is announcing a full-scholarship for a postgrad student (including international students) to research this issue. Applications close TONIGHT!
  • Applications for all ACICIS programs close 1 September! Study and intern in Indonesia – areas including Indonesian Language, Agriculture, Development Studies, Creative Arts, Law, Business, Sustainable Tourism, Journalism & Public Health. $3,000 – $7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Are you a Sydney Uni student commencing Honours on a topic relating to Southeast Asia? SSEAC has five Honour Scholarships available worth $5000 each to help support your research. Applications close 21 September. Find out more here.
  • Want to host a pop-up ReelOzInd! Festival screening at your school/university/office or park? Choose any date within the Festival period (26 September-31 December 2018) to hold your event. Any gathering large or small is fabulous! To register, contact: [email protected]
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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