Photo: The Economist

Recently the public appearances of Jokowi have been full of unstatesmanlike jokes and stunts. The Economist writes this is an attempt to court young voters, as the focus of Indonesia’s presidential election campaign shifts from religion to millennials.

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  • Find out about the creative team of PPIA Macquarie who successfully held one of the biggest PPIA events, Soundquriang The V Act, both in English and Bahasa. Our AIYA blog editor got behind the scenes access and observed the PPIA team get ready for the epic night!
  • Get to know Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) in our new series, ‘Apa Itu’. Learn more about the awesome work they do and keep an eye out for some exciting announcements regarding the upcoming AIBC Conference, here.
  • There’s still time to submit your work (opinion pieces, news articles, photo essays, thesis excerpts, book/film reviews, cerpen, interviews – ANYTHING creative) to be published in AIYA Annual 2018! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Chief Editor, [email protected] by 11 November. Ayo!


  • Canberra, TONIGHT – AIYA ACT are hosting their yearly AGM tonight! Come along to hear their year in review and elect next year’s committee. Details on how to nominate for the 2019 committee are in the ‘Opportunities’ section below.
  • Canberra, 6 November – The ReelOzInd film festival is coming to Canberra, with a screening being held at ANU! Come along to watch some great short films made by creative Australians & Indonesians. Grab a ticket here!
  • 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. If you’re an AIYA member, message your local chapter to receive amazing discounts to this event!
  • Jakarta, TONIGHT – Tonight AIYA Jakarta are gathering for Cepet Kaya 8.0, to be joined by special guest speaker: David Visser! This will be followed by a night of karaoke. If you’re keen, head to the event page to RSVP.
  • Jakarta, 7 November – AIYA Jakarta are very excited to promote the ReelOzInd! pop-up short film festival event at Universitas Indonesia in the B.204 FEB UI Room at 2:00pm. This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome!
  • Kupang, 3 November – AIYA Kupang are hosting an Australian Visa and Information session at Smart Learning Centre Kupang, from 10am onwards. Check out their Instagram page for more info!
  • Melbourne, 5 November – Join Melbourne’s Indonesia Forum for a Public Lecture with Professor Richard Robison on The State of the Politics in Indonesia and the Prospects for 2019: A Comparative View, at the University of Melbourne from 5:15pm. Click here to register!
  • Melbourne, Wangaratta (VIC) & Canberra, November 2 – 7 – The Julian Banks Group features some of Australia’s finest musicians in a unique collaboration with Indonesian master percussionist Cepi Kusmiadi. Listen to a fusion of Modern Australian jazz with Indonesian traditional percussion as the group tours Victoria (Brunswick & Wangaratta shows) and Canberra. Watch a clip of their performance at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2016.
  • Melbourne, 7 November – AIYA Victoria LX @ RMIT Swanston Academic Building 80, from 6pm.
  • Melbourne, 2 & 9 December – The Welcome Dinner Project aims to connect newly-arrived migrants with established community members over a shared meal in someone’s home or a trusted community space. Take part in this awesome initiative by coming to their Community Welcome Lunch (max. 50 places) on 2 December or their Student Home Welcome Lunch on 9 December. Places are limited so register now!
  • Sydney, 7 November – AIYA NSW & SSEAC proudly presents its ReelOzInd 2018 Short Film Screening, from 6 – 8pm at the University of Sydney. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite film here! 
  • Yogyakarta, 6 November – Join the AIYA Yogyakarta team for their weekly game of futsal from 9pm! And what’s great is AIYA Futsal Prices have decreased for this month (10k for non members & 5k for members). So invite your friends and join in. Check out their Instagram page for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 27 November – Join the AIYA Yogya futsal tournament to be held on 27 November. Sign up with a team of five before 6 November for your chance to win a medal. First six teams to register only! Selamat berlatih and salam olahraga.


  • Join AIYA ACT! AIYA ACT are electing a President, Vice Pres, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Co-ordinator & General Officer at their upcoming AGM. If you would like to be involved in AIYA ACT, send an email to [email protected] and specify you wish to stand for election. Further details are on the event page.
  • Join AIYA NSW! AIYA NSW are still looking for motivated people to join our team on appointed team member positions (professional program team/sociocultural team/ educational team/communications team). If you’re interested in these positions or want more information, message AIYA NSW via FB or visit their recruitment page.
  • 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!
  • Calling Australian residents of all ages that are learning a second language (including English and Indonesian to enter the SBS National Languages Competition 2018 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia, running from the 15 October -18 November 2018. Click here for more information on how to enter.
  • Saksara Research and Australian State Government are working together to investigate the perceptions and experiences of Indonesian students studying in Australia. Complete their online survey that usually only takes 5-7 mins and you can win AUD$500. Don’t forget to forward this to all your Indonesian friends in Australia.
  • 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]
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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