Photo: ABC News

The Indonesian election could be decided by the economy, not religion. Indonesia’s sliding rupiah could threaten President Joko Widodo’s re-election chances, with his political rival shifting the debate to the economy in an attempt to expose a key weakness, analysts say.

Read more here

In the news

On the blog

  • Volunteer at this year’s Asian Games held in Jakarta & AIYA Jakarta Committee member, Aulia Rifqy, shares his experience with us, read it here (article in Indonesian).


  • Sydney, TONIGHT – Organised by Macquarie Uni’s PPIA, Soundquriang 5 “The Fifth Act” showcases critically-acclaimed Indonesian artists to promote the diverse culture of Indonesia. 100% of the profits earned will be donated to Rumah Faye, which helps to eradicate child trafficking in Indonesia. Find out more here!
  • Adelaide, 27 September – Learn how to cook some delicious Australian and Indonesian food with AIYA SA! Register your attendance so you don’t miss out!
  • Bandung, 22 September – Join the JaBar and Jakarta AIYA teams to watch the West Coast Eagles take on the Melbourne Demons in the AFL and enjoy a BBQ together! Meet at the Bamboo Shack from 11:30am. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
  • Brisbane, 27 September – An exclusive for AIYA members, AIYA QLD have organised a private tour through Brisbane City Hall, guided by the speaker of the house, Councillor Angela Owen! Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of local Brisbane government. RSVP on the FB event.
  • Canberra, 26 September – Join AIYA ACT for their weekly Language Exchange from 5:30pm onwards in Llewellyn Hall!
  • Canberra, 30 September – AIYA ACT and the Indonesian Students Association ANU are running an cooking night. Come along and indulge in some Indonesian chicken satay and Australian Pavlova dessert while honing your language skills. Follow the FB page!
  • 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.
  • Hobart, 28 September – AIYA-Tas will be holding a language exchange at Shambles Brewery, 6:30pm. Come along, meet new people & practise your language skills.
  • Melbourne, 22 September – PPIA Monash proudly presents #SOUNDSEKERTA2018, one of the biggest Indonesian Music Festivals held at the Melbourne Town Hall. This year’s theme is “Serenade for The Nation”. Tickets are $35, get yours now! Doors open 5:30pm.
  • 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! For a taste of what’s to come, check out the festival trailer.
  • Melbourne, 26 September – Instead of our usual Wednesday Language Exchange (LX) on September 26, AIYA VIC will be heading to ReelOzInd! at ACMI! Tickets are free but you must register. They will also be meeting for dinner at 5:30pm at Pondok Rempah before the event. Follow the FB event now!
  • Melbourne, 29 September – It’s almost time for AFL Grand Final Day and AIYA Victoria are gathering to watch the game at Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne. Come along for some footy, teh kotak and a chance to kick the footy at half time. It’s free! Follow the FB event. Ayo, mari nobar!
  • Melbourne, 2 OctoberBerbahasa is back this semester so please join AIYA Victoria and PPIA Monash at Monash Uni Clayton (S107 Menzies) to practise your Indonesian & English skills!
  • Melbourne, October 10 – AIYA Victoria is hosting a welcome evening and trivia night for the 2018-2018 Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) participants. Join them for a casual evening to get to know the participants and welcome them all to Victoria. Food provided.
  • Sydney, 24 September – Join SSEAC for a book review of Truth Without Fear & The Sky Leader with its author Sastri Bakry alongside scholar, David Reeve, 12-1pm at the University of Sydney. More information here.
  • Sydney, 25 September – Dust off those language skills with AIYA NSW! Weekly Language Exchange in the USyd Quad at 1pm! Follow the group for more details if you’re interested.
  • 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.
  • Sydney, 27 September – Attend the AIYA NSW AGM 2018! The 2017-2018 Committee will sum up the year’s progress before elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee take place. Watch this space for further details.
  • Sydney, 28 September – AIYA NSW and PPIA UNSW are proud to bring back Malam Karier: Starting a Career in Australia! Soon to graduate from University & interested in pursuing a career in Australia? Are you an international student as well? Come along and listen to a distinguished panel share their own experiences, challenges, and successes in the Australian job market. See their Facebook event! 
  • Sydney, 1 October – Join ‘Table for Generations’ Pop Up Charity Lunch 2018 for a 5 course charity lunch and art installations from aspiring local and Indonesian artists. The money raised will go to Lanjut Sekolah, a local nonprofit aiming to provide access to education for children from remote areas of Indonesia. Head to the FB event page! 
  • Sydney, October 11 – Join Indonesian Literature Club in Customs House Library at 11:30am for a fun and stimulating atmosphere to share and discuss a variety of topics through literary works, both in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Space is limited, register your interest to [email protected].
  • 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!
  • Yogyakarta, 25 September – Got nothing to do on a Tuesday afternoon? Come and play futsal with AIYA Yogya in their weekly futsal competition! No previous experience required, anyone can join, follow their FB and IG for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 26 September – Are you a keen badminton player? Or have you always wanted to learn how to play? Come and join the Yogya team in their weekly badminton competition! No previous experience required, anyone can join, follow their FB and IG for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 28 September – Attend the AIYA Yogya AGM 2018! The 2017-2018 Committee will sum up the year’s progress before elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee take place.
  • Yogyakarta, 29 September – AIYA Yogya is doing some good in the community so come along and join them by volunteering at their community development day in collaboration with Rumah Impian! Follow their FB and IG for more details.


  • Join AIYA NTT in 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 TONIGHT!. See their Instagram for more details!
  • Join AIYA NSW! If you’re keen to play a role in the 2018-2019 AIYA NSW, nominate yourself for one of the following positions and attend their AGM on 27 September.  Apply here & follow the Facebook event for updates.
  • Join AIYA Yogyakarta! If you’re interested in joining the team, come along to their AGM on 28 September. Nominate for positions via [email protected], and check out the Facebook event for more details!
  • 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!
  • The Australia Indonesia Business Council is hosting the AIBC National Conference (11th -13th November) in Queensland this year and they’re looking for volunteers. Sign up here to get involved!
  • The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Melbourne are looking for people to apply for a range of internship opportunities. Head to their website for information on how to apply!
  • ACICIS Yogyakarta is hiring! We are looking for a Marketing & Student Recruitment Officer (MSRO). This position is open to Indonesian nationals only. Applications close Sunday, 30 September 2018. For more information about the position, see here.
  • Indonesian applications for the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP) 2019 are now open! Young Muslim leaders from across Indonesia are invited to apply by 15 October 2018 through the Paramadina University website.
  • Are you a Sydney Uni student commencing Honours on a topic relating to Southeast Asia? SSEAC has five Honours Scholarships available worth $5000 each to help support your research. Applications close 21 September. Find out more here.
  • The Misool Foundation (‘Yayasan Misool Baseftin’) are seeking Indonesian nationals who are passionate about protecting Indonesia’s marine ecosystem for their Internship Programme! Swipe their IG post for details. Applications due 25 September.
  • 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]
  • The Asia Education Foundation in partnership with Footscray City College are hosting an Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum on 24 October and are inviting schools to register one or more team(s) of 6 students (across years 9-11). Registration is free for government school students thanks to Vic Gov’t funding. Learn more here!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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