It’s signed! Australia and Indonesia signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on 4 March 2019. This agreement is expected to launch a new chapter in economic relations between Australia and Indonesia. See the full text of the agreement below.
In the news
- How will the 2019 elections matter to labour unions, and how can unions influence the result? Dr Dave McRae chats to Professor Michele Ford in Talking Indonesia.
- Indonesians’ stated affinity for the social value of gotong royong, or mutual cooperation, seems to be undercut by its lack of enthusiasm in participating in JKN. Who will pay for Indonesia’s national health insurance?
- The archipelago has a strong popular music history, and has nurtured talented groups in all sorts of genres, from hip-hop to heavy metal. But many musicians fear that their art is now under threat – a draft bill designed to control the industry may end up strangling it.
- Muhammad Ridick would rather endure a back-breaking five hours of commuting on his motorbike each day than ride Jakarta’s notorious public transport. It’s a race against time. As authorities build long-overdue roads and rail lines, Jakarta continues to grow.
- Hollywood studios and global cinema chains are funding a new golden age in Indonesia’s movie industry as box-office receipts soar and new screens open at a rate of about two a day.
- Indonesia’s participation as the Market Focus Country for the 2019 London Book Fair is a timely celebration of 70 years of bilateral relations between Indonesia and the United Kingdom. The theme 17,000 Islands of Imagination reflects the vast diversity of Indonesia in terms of literature and its people.
On the blog
- Check out this article discussing the details of the recent Trade Agreement between Australia and Indonesia (IA-CEPA) here!
- Member Spotlight – It’s time learn more about the lives of those behind AIYA. This week, meet AIYA Yogyakarta President, Dhona!
- Don’t forget to read the 2018 AIYA Annual here!
- Adelaide, 12 March – Join AIYA SA for LX at Victoria Square from 5:30pm!
- Adelaide, 24 March – AIYA SA will go hiking at Brownhill Creek from 10am. Follow their FB page for more details.
- Bandung, 9 March – Come and join AIYA Jawa Barat for a footy (Australian Rules Football) session at Parahyangan Reksa Raga from 5pm. The session is open for everyone (Rp. 10K for members & 15K for non-members)! It will be held by Bayu Pratama, Director of Player Development for @KrakatoasFC based in Melbourne. So, join in, bring friends, learn, and have a kick with AIYA JaBar!
- Canberra, March 2 – 21 – The Indonesian Student Association (PPIA) ACT are holding FREE Angklung (traditional Indonesian instrument) and Jaipong (traditional dance) classes at the Indonesian Embassy every Saturday from 9-11am (4 FREE classes in total). Registration has now been extended to AIYA members. To register, contact one of the three names on the information poster here.
- Jakarta, 11 March – On behalf of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), the AIBC invites you to the 2019 REGIONAL INVESTMENT FORUM (RIF) held at Nusantara Hall, Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. Express interest by contacting IIPC Sydney at email@example.com or call +61 2 9252 0091 before 5 March 2019. Learn more here!
- Kupang, 9 March – Join AIYA East Indonesia (NTT) for LX at AussieBanget Corner – Nusa Cendana University from 11am onwards. This week’s theme is culture!
- Makassar, 8 March – AIYA East Indonesia will host a ‘Belajar Bareng IELTS’ (Group IELTS study session) from 7pm at Kopi Api Pasar Seger. Come and join. Contact details can be found on the AIYA East Indo Instagram.
- Melbourne, 13 March – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
- Melbourne, 12 March – Come along to the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ (Victoria) seminar entitled ‘Asleep at the Wheel? Australian Economic Engagement in Indonesia’. Hear guest speaker Andrew Parker, Partner and Asia Practice Leader at PwC share his insights on the obstacles to a stronger Australia-Indonesia relationship. Get your tickets here!
- Castlemaine (Victoria), 25 – 27 March – Abdi Karya’s motto is “Don’t think. Feel.” The performance artist, theatre-maker and cultural manager from Makassar, Indonesia, has created a truly tactile performance for the Castlemaine State Festival. Learn more about Abdi Karya and purchase your ticket here.
- Yogyakarta, 10 March – Feel like going for a jog? Join AIYA Yogya from 6.30AM @ GSP UGM Sayap Barat for some early morning exercise.
- Yogyakarta, 12 March – AIYA Yogya will host RRI Pro 2 Futsal from 5 – 7pm every Tuesday. It is 15k for members and 20k for non-members. Check out the video and see how fun was the last futsal night was! #YukOlahraga!
- AIYA National is seeking a new Partnerships Officer! Read the position description here. To apply before midnight 18 March 2019, please send your current CV to Sam Shlansky (Director of Partnerships and Memberships) at firstname.lastname@example.org along with a short cover letter responding to the questions outlined in the position description.
- Volunteers required! FBBI 2019 is the Festival Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia 2019 and aims to celebrate and share Indonesian language and culture with high-school students across Victoria. The need volunteers to present at the four workshops being held from March – May across Warrnambool, Wodonga, Melbourne City or Clayton. To register your interest, click here.
- Saksara Research is currently seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified graduates to join its field research team in East Java (Surabaya based). Research Assistant positions are for a one month contract, with the possibility for an extension. Information about how to apply for this opportunity is available in the position description.
- Nominations for the 2019 Australia Indonesia Awards are open until 31 March 2019. Name a hardworking person you know who is committed to building Australia Indonesia relations. Categories this year are, women’s sport, technology/training and arts & entertainment. Nominate someone here.
- Applications for internships at the Australian Embassy Indonesia are now open. The Embassy welcome applications from Australian and Indonesian postgraduate students to undertake an internship for an 8 week period from 1 July to 23 August 2019. Applications close on Sunday 17 March 2019.
- Applications for the Hamer Scholarships are now open! They offer Victorians the opportunity of a 5-6 month intensive in-market language study and cultural immersion in Indonesia, China, Japan or Korea with scholarships up to the value of $15,000. See how you can take your career/business to the next level with a Hamer Scholarship in Indonesia! Further information and program guidelines can be found here. Applications close 17 March 2019.
- Are you a UniSyd undergraduate wanting to boost your resume and travel overseas? Apply now to the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and receive a $3000 travel grant to spend two weeks on a field school in Indonesia, conducting research on issues related to disability and inclusion. Applications open until 18 March – apply now!
- Australia Awards Scholarships for Master’s and PhD degrees have officially opened and close 30 April 2019. If you dream about studying in Australia with a full scholarship, apply online here. Applicants must also complete an Additional Information for Online Application. If you have any questions regarding the applications, please contact the Australia Awards in Indonesia office via WhatsApp – 081289804911, Phone – 021 5277648 or email. For further information, please click here.
- The City of Melbourne is calling on innovators, entrepreneurs, students and community members to take part in Open Innovation Competition 2019. Submissions open 7 March and close 18 April 2019. One of the major prizes includes a trip to the Bandung Institute of Technology. Follow the competition here.
- Call for Volunteers at Indofest 2019, South Australia. The Australian-Indonesian Association of South Australia Inc. (AIASA) is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to assist in the 2019 Indofest event on Sunday, 28 April 2019 at Victoria Square (South side). The committee will provide take-away lunch on the day, and a certificate of acknowledgment should you require one. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the expression of interest form here.
- The Provincial Government of East Kalimantan has collaborated with Australia Awards in Indonesia, Mulawarman University, and the University of Adelaide to provide a Split-Site Master’s Scholarship Program for high school and vocational school English teachers in East Kalimantan, for the academic year of 2019-2021. For more information on the scholarship’s procedures, requirements, and timeline, click here. Applications close 17 May 2019.
- English First (EF) Indonesia is looking for Australian teachers for teaching posts in Indonesia. EF Indonesia is also offering sponsorship for a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate valued at over $500 to successful candidates as well as full reimbursement for flights to/from Australia. If you would like to apply, please email email@example.com describing why you are applying for this role (100 words max) and attach your CV.
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.