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  • AIYA Northern Territory recently hosted their flagship event, Ideasfest-Indonesia 2018! Read about the day and get inspired by great discussions on the Aus-Indo relationship generated within the Darwin community.
  • At the AIBC 2018 Conference last week, AIYA got the opportunity to speak with the Chairman of Indonesia’s Coordinating Board (BKPM), Thomas Lembong. Stay tuned for that and more on next week’s blog!


  • Canberra, 17 November – The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra is hosting “Festival Indonesia 2018”. Don’t miss out on colourful cultural performances, authentic culinary treats, and Indonesian music. There will also be a free Javanese and Balinese gamelan workshop. Bring your friends, family and loved ones for a taste of Indonesian culture.
  • Darwin, 18 November – Interested in joining AIYA Northern Territory? Ayo, come to their AGM this Sunday at 10:30am and cast your vote for next year’s AIYA NT committee. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
  • Melbourne, 21 November – AIYA Victoria LX @ RMIT Swanston Academic Building 80, from 6pm.
  • Melbourne, November 27 – Learn something new at UniMelb’s free public lecture entitled ‘Creative Collaboration and Collectivity in the Asia Pacific Region’, from 6:15pm.
  • Sydney, 16 November – AIBC NSW invites you to join them for their Networking Event with Indonesian Tech Start-Ups, Scale-Ups & Innovators, from 6:30pm. It is a free event, however registration is essential.
  • Sydney, 18 November – The Indonesian Community Council NSW are hosting a fundraising event in support of the affected communities in Palu-Donggala-Sigi, Sulawesi Tengah. Show your support and purchase a ticket!
  • Sydney, 25 November – What’s the current population of Kalimantan Island? Can you guess the singer of this Indonesian pop music? Come along to AIYA NSW Malam Trivia 2018 and test your most random knowledge on Australia and Indonesia! Bring your friends along and create a super Indo-Aussie trivia team to win exciting prizes. What are you waiting for!? Register here.
  • Newcastle, 30 November – For the first time, Corethics in Newcastle are hosting a ReelOzInd! Film Festival Screening, from 5:30pm. Don’t forget to grab a ticket here! There are more screenings of the festival taking place throughout Australia and Indonesia until the end of the year. Check out the festival tour dates to find a screening near you!
  • Sydney, 10 December – With the Indonesian presidential and legislative elections coming up, UNSW’s upcoming public lecture entitled, The Law & Politics of Elections in Indonesia: Possibility, Prospects & Challenges is something you won’t want to miss!
  • Yogyakarta, 20 November – Get active with AIYA Yogyakarta team at their weekly game of futsal from 5 – 7pm. NO SKILLS REQUIRED – just come, have fun and make new friends. Check out their Instagram for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 21 November – Join AIYA Yogyakarta for their fortnightly Language Exchange! Follow their Instagram for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 27 November – The AIYA Yogya futsal tournament takes place in just over two weeks. Teams have already been registered, but definitely come along and cheer on your favourite team!


  • AIYA Jakarta is recruiting 2019 Committee Members for the roles of Treasurer, Secretary, Professional Programs Officer and Education Officer. If you’re interested in joining the AIYA Jakarta Chapter as a committee member, sign yourself up by 11:59pm, 28 November (Jakarta time). Just don’t forget to attach your CV. Learn more here.
  • The WEA, Sydney provides Indonesian Beginners Courses for adults and is located 5 minutes walk from Townhall Station. It’s perfect for those with no previous knowledge of Indonesian language and who wish to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Sign up for next course, commencing in early February!
  • The 2018 – 2019 Short Film Competition for the 14th Indonesian Film Festival has begun. The competition is open to all public from the 5 November 2018 until the 3 March 2019. This year’s theme will explore “The Unknown”. Show off your creativity and skills, and get the chance to win a grand prize of AUD $750! For more information regarding competition rules and regulation, head to their website.
  • Are you an Indonesian Australia Award Awardee currently studying in Australia? Apply for the prestigious Hadi Soesastro Prize, for the opportunity to receive an additional $25,000 to enhance your study experience. Apply before 30 November. Get more info here!
  • Apply now for the Asialink Business Sydney 2019 Internship Program. This is a voluntary internship in Sydney office from January 2019 to July 2019, one-day per week, 9.30 am to 5 pm. If you’re eager to apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to AIYA NSW Secretary, [email protected]. Applications close TONIGHT. Seek out more information about this opportunity here.
  • Get involved in the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders (VYL) to Indonesia Pilot Program. The VYL Indonesia Pilot Program will provide a once-in-a-lifetime, six-week overseas immersion for 40 Year 9 students and accompanying teachers in 2019. Expressions of interest ​in the program (travelling in September/October 2019) will close TONIGHT.
  • The Michael and Deborah Thawley Scholarship offers an Australian official, officer, student, or recent graduate an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the work of two leading think tanks, the Lowy Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Find out more here!
  • Calling Australian residents of all ages that are learning a second language (including English and Indonesian) to enter the SBS National Languages Competition 2018, running until 18 November 2018. Celebrate your love of language learning and click here 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? Choose any date within the Festival period (running until 31 December 2018) and register your event. To register, contact: [email protected]
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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