Photo: An electoral commission worker sorting ballot papers for the upcoming general elections at a ballot warehouse in Bogor, Indonesia, on Feb 27, 2019. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

On April 17, Indonesia, the world’s third most populous democracy is holding simultaneous presidential and legislative elections for the first time. Check out this amazing digital infographic which highlights why Indonesian elections are unlike any other in the world.

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  • Member Spotlight – It’s time learn more about the lives of those behind AIYA. This week, meet AIYA Yogyakarta Sport Officer, Anggara Tegar!


  • Jakarta, TONIGHT – AIYA Jakarta are holding a Language Exchange at the Den of Kalaha from 6:30pm. Discounts on food and drink available for AIYA members. Come along!
  • Adelaide, 8 April – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB page if you’re keen to join in.
  • Adelaide, 10 April – The AIYA SA family will be joining the Indo-Pacific potluck at Flinders next week. If you’re an Australia Awards Scholar, New Colombo Plan recipient or just someone from and/or interested in the Indo-Pacific region, this event is for you. It’s free, just bring a plate of food to share.
  • Adelaide, 14 April – Join AIYA SA for their last event before the break – hiking at Craigieburn Farm. They’ll also ngopi (get coffee) afterwards. Ikut yuk – FB event.
  • 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.
  • Brisbane, 15 April – Australia Indonesia Business Council (QLD) and Griffith Asia Institute will be hosting this FREE event on the Indonesian Presidential and Parliamentary elections entitled “What do we need to know, and why do we need to know it?” Places are limited so please register soon through this link.
  • 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).
  • Makassar, 12 April – Don’t miss this opportunity to attend AIYA East Indonesia’s Sharing Session on Working Holiday Visas (WHV). Rismawati Natsir (WHV granted 2019) will speak at the session, from 6.30pm – 9.00pm at BaKTI hall. Head to the Instagram for more details.  
  • 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, 10 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!
  • Melbourne, 17 April – What are the big policy questions Australians should consider before they vote? The Grattan Institute is hosting a Policy Pitch Event entitled ‘Federal Election 2019: Big ideas for Australia’s next government’ at the State Library of Victoria. Register your attendance here.
  • 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, 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!
  • Sydney, 27 & 28 April – One of our very own AIYA members, Vania has collaborated with fellow Indonesian artists in showcasing Peranakan Culture and Diaspora. They are having their first exhibition on 27 & 28 April in Sydney and invite all to attend, particularly young Indonesians with Peranakan (Chinese ancestry) Check out the flyer & website to learn more about The Peranakan Project.  
  • Yogyakarta, 7 April – Feel like going for a jog? Join AIYA Yogya from 7am @ Wisdom Park, UGM for some early morning exercise.
  • Yogyakarta, 9 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 to see just how fun futsal is! #YukOlahraga!
  • Yogyakarta, 17 April – Come along to AIYA Yogyakarta’s LX from 6.30PM @ AoA Resto & Creative Space.  


  • 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].
  • Would you like to be a part of the 38th Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP)? Applications for Aussie participants in AIYEP38 are now open! Check out the website for information on how to apply!
  • Jangan lupa, there is still time to register for the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program – the deadline has been extended to 8 April! The program is a three month leadership program for 15 social entrepreneurs from ASEAN and Australia, including a 8-day intensive in Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta and Singapore between 10-17 August 2019.  The theme this year is “smart cities”. For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the website.
  • The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership are looking for savvy, driven and skilled young people to join the Forum Executive Team of the ASEAN Australia Young Leaders Forum (AAYLF). Applicants should be 18 to 29 years old and should be a citizen of Australia or an ASEAN Member State. Applications for these roles close 7 April at 11:59 (GMT+7). Learn more about the roles.
  • Deadline extended! Nominations for the 2019 Australia Indonesia Awards are open until 30 April 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.
  • 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!
  • 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. 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. Express your interest here
  • 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 soon. 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.
  • 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.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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