Tobacco control advocates were hopeful that the televised vice presidential debate between Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno on 17 March would clarify both camps’ attitude to regulating the tobacco industry, or, at the very least, provide a picture of their commitment to reducing smoking rates in Indonesia. But the issue was almost completely ignored.

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  • Jakarta, Mataram, Makassar, Bandung & Surabaya, 14 – 31 March – Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (#FSAI2019) is coming. Various genres of Australian and Indonesian feature films will be screened. And for the first time, FSAI 2019 presents a selection of short films featured at Flickerfest, Australia’s leading competitive short film festival. Tickets are gratis! Read more.
  • Bandung, TODAY – AIYA Jawa Barat invite you on a cultural visit to Saung Angklung Udjo. Learn to play the Angklung, watch a Wayang puppet show and dance while enjoying the hospitality of West Java. Sign up to the event here – there’s discounted tickets for AIYA members!
  • Brisbane, 6 April – AIYA Queensland are finally kicking off 2019 with their Annual General Meeting. Come along to local Indonesian restaurant Sendok Garpu to have your say in the future of AIYA Queensland and even join their committee! There will be free Indonesian coffee for AIYA members – you can also sign up to be a member on the day! RSVP on the FB event.
  • Jakarta, 8 April – Macquarie University are pleased to invite you to a Guest Lecture on “Health Reform across the World; Regional Issues of Health Policy, Management and Systems Reform”, 2 – 4pm. The lecture will feature leading Australian experts from Macquarie University. Please register online by 7 April 2019 via this link (early registration essential).
  • Kupang, 27 March – AIYA East Indo-Kupang is hosting Language Exchange at Aussie Banget Corner, Nusa Cendana University from 11am onwards. This week’s theme is fotografi!
  • Melbourne, March 22 – April 10 – The Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) is the most prominent celebration of Indonesian cinema in Australia. Held annually, it aims to promote the appreciation of Indonesian culture in Australia, as well as raising international awareness of the burgeoning Indonesian film culture. Check out the films and dates here!
  • Melbourne, 3 April Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Melbourne, 8 April – Attend the ‘Networking Evening with Indonesian Tech: Start-ups, Scale-ups & Innovators’. AIBC VIC, Flinders University New Venture Institute and Australia Awards invite you to join them for an evening with 25 CEOs/Co-Founders of Indonesian tech companies and representatives of Indonesian innovation hubs, accelerators, and the relevant Indonesian Ministries. Click here to register for the event!
  • Perth, 8 April – The Australia-Indonesia Centre, The University of Western Australia Public Policy Institute, and Australia Indonesia Business Council invite you to ‘Indonesia Votes 2019: State of the Race & Future of Bilateral Trade Ties’. Please note registration is essential as space is limited.
  • Sydney, 1 April – The Indonesian Consulate in Sydney are hosting an Australia-Indonesia Youth Connection Night from 6 – 8pm. It’s a chance for Australian and Indonesian young people to visit the consulate, meet the Consul General, enjoy FREE Indonesian food, practice their language skills, hangout and network. Ayo, RSVP to receive more details about the event!
  • Sydney, 9 April – This year will be the first time a presidential and general election has been held on the same day in Indonesia. Hosted by SSEAC and AIYA NSW, join the expert panel the week before the election to learn more about the key issues at stake for Indonesia and our region. The panel session will be followed by an extended Q&A session with the audience. Register here!
  • Yogyakarta, 31 March – Feel like going for a jog? Join AIYA Yogya from 7am @ Wisdom Park, UGM for some early morning exercise.
  • Yogyakarta, 2 April – 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!
  • Yogyakarta, 3 April – Come along to AIYA Yogyakarta’s LX from 6.30PM @ AoA Resto & Creative Space.  
  • Yogyakarta, 4 April – Feeling sporty? Join AIYA Yogyakarta and play some badminton at SMPN 1 Yogyakarta.


The Australian Consulate-General Bali is hosting an Island Tourism Forum in Lombok 29-30 April 2019.  Participants will have an opportunity to share and discuss tourism development, sustainability and stakeholder engagement.  As one of Indonesia’s new priority tourist destinations and the gateway to the Nusa Tenggara islands, Lombok is the perfect location to engage in an island-based tourism discussion.  The Forum will bring together government, academia, business, NGOs and communities to share experiences, encourage partnerships and explore investment and commercial possibilities through keynote speaker presentations, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities.

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  • AIYA QLD is having their AGM on 6 April where they will elect a brand new committee. Apply for any one of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Officers (Education, Sports, Socio Cultural). To apply for a position you must be an AIYA member and if you have questions feel free to email [email protected].
  • Applications for the ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC), running over three weeks in July 2019 at Satya Wacana University in Salatiga, close 1 April! $3,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Interested in studying and interning in Indonesia for six months? Applications for ACICIS semester-long programs running in Semester 2, 2019, in agriculture, science, business, law, field studies & international relations, close 15 April. Up to $8,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Keen to finally learn Indonesian? The WEA INDONESIAN BEGINNERS 1 Course starts on Monday April 29 at 5.30pm. Courses take place in the CBD close to the Town Hall station. WEA is the only non profit organisation that provides an Indonesian Beginners Course for Adults in NSW. Enrol now!
  • New Colombo Plan Scholarships for 2020 application rounds will be opening soon. See your university’s global learning office for more information.
  • Registrations for UNSW’s Women in Asia Conference, ‘Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism: Responding to the Challenge of Rising Populism and its Threat to Gender Inclusivity’, June 21 to 23, close 20 April. Register here to attend. You can also volunteer at the event!
  • Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 will open in March 2019. Stay tuned for updates on their website.
  • 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.
  • Apply to be a Growth Strategy Document Consultant at the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Incomes through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA 2) program. Applications close on 29 March 2019. For more info, please click here.
  • The Indonesia Council Open Conference is calling for papers and panel submissions. The conference will be held 19 – 21 November 2019 at ANU. Deadline for submissions is 1 June. Submit your abstracts here!
  • Australia Awards Scholarships for Master’s and PhD degrees have officially opened and close on 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 –  +62 81289804911, Phone – +62 21 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 protected] 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.

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