Photo: Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI)

Late last week, Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi were hit with a devastating earthquake and tsunami. With a death toll of more than 1,200 people already and access to those affected hindered by severely damaged infrastructure, this number is likely to rise. The Lowy Institute reports on how Australia can best help. If YOU wish to donate money, scroll below to find info on how donate to organisations providing much-needed disaster relief.

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These are many Australian & Indonesian NGOs and humanitarian agencies helping those affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Donggala & Lombok. Here’s how you can help. Any donation, big or small, will make a difference!


Red Cross Indonesia – Palang Merah Indonesia

BCA (AN. PMI DKI Jakarta)

No rekening: 2063 817945

Mandiri (AN. PMI DKI Jakarta)

No rekening: 12300 1709 1945

CIMB Niaga (AN. PMI DKI Jakarta)

No rekening: 8000 6951 4600


Melbourne for Palu – Go Fund Me Fundraiser

Australian Red Cross – Indonesia Earthquakes & Tsunami Appeal 2018


  • Canberra, TONIGHT – The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra is hosting an interfaith prayer night from 6 – 7pm, to spread love and hope for the communities affected in Central Sulawesi. Feel free to join.
  • Adelaide, 11 October – AIYA SA are having a Language Exchange and Nongkrong at the Flinders Tavern! There will be free food, board games, and pool. Invite your friends. Ayo ikut!
  • Adelaide, 21 October – Join AIYA SA for a relaxing hiking through Lynton Reserve, for a chance to see some nature, kangaroos, and take some #selfies! This is a FREE event & family friendly.
  • Adelaide, 20 October – The Welcome Dinner Project connects newly arrived people with established Australian residents over a shared meal. The next Community Welcome Dinner is for international students living in the Adelaide CBD. Entry is FREE, just bring a plate of food to share. Register to attend here.
  • Bandung, October 9 – Join the AIYA Jawa Barat team for another Language Exchange! Starting from 7pm at CafeOz, the topic will be ‘Gaul dan Aussie slang’.
  • Bandung, October 18 – ReelOzInd! Screening! Come and watch these awesome short films at Bamboo Shack from 7-9pm.
  • Canberra, 10 October – AIYA ACT Language Exchange, 5:30pm onwards @ Llewellyn Hall!
  • Darwin, 30 October – Charles Darwin University are hosting ‘Ideasfest-Indonesia’, an evening of presentations and activities focusing on Australia’s relationship with Indonesia, in celebration of October Business Month. This is a free event but registration is essential, just go to this link.
  • 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.
  • Jakarta, October 7 – Join AIYA Jakarta at Bundaran Indonesia for a car free day walk from 6:30am. The event will go for 1-2km, and will raise money for the communities affected in Central Sulawesi.
  • Makassar, October 13 – AIYA Makassar will be hosting an LX event to raise money for Central Sulawesi. Come along to Mang Uwo from 7pm to join the team!
  • 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.
  • Melbourne, 25 October – Join Monash Uni for an evening of celebration of the official launch of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre. Drinks and canapes are provided. Seats are strictly limited so registration is essential.
  • Sydney, 6 October – AIYA NSW are hosting ‘Let’s Share a Meal for Lombok’, a fundraising lunch with delicious Indonesian cuisine to raise funds for our Indonesian neighbours impacted by the recent earthquakes in Lombok. All money will be donated to Agung Siaga Community, who assist with post-disaster relief. Get your ticket here!
  • 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 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, 9 October – Join the AIYA Yogyakarta team for their weekly game of futsal from 5-7pm! Check out their Instagram page for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 10 October – Come along to AIYA Yogya’s LX from 6:30-8pm. See their Instagram for 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!
  • Applications for the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP) 2019 are now open! Young Muslim leaders from across Indonesia and Australia are invited to apply by 15 October 2018. Indonesian applicants can visit Paramadina’s web page & Australian applicants can click here to download an application form. Listen to past AIMEP participants as they share their experiences with AIMEP!
  • Call for Student Volunteers from Yogyakarta! University of Sydney invite local students from Yogya to participate in research projects on disability and social inclusion, alongside Australian students from the 5 – 14 December 2018. See the attached flyer for more details. Send an expression of interest & resume to Pradytia Pertiwi, [email protected] by 24 October to apply for this opportunity!
  • 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!
  • Facebook is seeking a Policy Solutions Associate to join our Politics & Government Policy team. This is a full-time role with a focus on Asia Pacific and South Asia. To find out more & apply, click here.
  • 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!
  • 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. To register, contact: [email protected]
  • The Asia Education Foundation in partnership with Footscray City College, Melbourne 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 gov’t funding. Learn more here!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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