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‘The pressures on Indonesian democracy are not likely to abate under a second-term Jokowi or a Prabowo presidency’. Read Lowy Institute, Ben Bland’s analysis on the state of Indonesian politics and the upcoming election.

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  • This week NSW Chapter President and Australia Awards Scholarship recipient, Febe, shares her journey through a Q&A session here. Tersedia juga dalam Bahasa Indonesia, di sini.


  • Makassar, TONIGHT – 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 to 9pm at BaKTI hall. Head to AIYA East Indonesia’s IG for more details.  
  • Adelaide, 14 April – Join AIYA SA for their last event before the break – hiking at Craigburn Farm. They’ll also ngopi (get coffee) afterwards. Ikut yuk – head to FB event for more information.
  • Adelaide, 15 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, 28 April – Indofest-Adelaide is a vibrant community festival celebrating all things Indonesian. Hosted by Australia Indonesia Association SA (AIASA), Indofest-Adelaide is a day filled with music and dance performances, food stalls, handicraft making and cooking demonstrations! Put it in your diary – this is a day which is surely not to be missed. Check out their promo video here.
  • Bandung, 14 April – Join AIYA Jawa Barat for a special Language Exchange, held in conjunction with the English Students’ Association of Indonesia University of Education (UPI). Bring your friends and family to Bamboo Shack this Sunday! More info here.
  • Brisbane, 15 April – Australia Indonesia Business Council (QLD) and Griffith Asia Institute will be hosting a 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, 13 – 14 April – Do you have plans this weekend? You do now! Come down to the Taste of Australia festival at Lippo Mall Kemang and experience Australian food, coffee and culinary culture right here in Jakarta. With food stalls by Australian alumni, talk shows, cooking demos, sausage sizzle and more, it will be a great day out for the whole family.Taste of Australia will also feature Guest Star, Adam Liaw, Celebrity Chef & Master Chef Australia Winner 2010.
  • Jakarta, 14 April – Get fit with AIYA Jakarta! This will join the thousands attending car free today. They will be starting at 0700 from Sarinah to a nearby MRT. Visit their IG for more info!
  • Melbourne, 14 April – Ever wanted to learn a traditional dance or two from Indonesia? Immerse yourself and dive into Indonesian culture through this dance workshop with AIYA Victoria and Sanggar Lestari Melbourne! Food and drink provided, and it’s FREE for AIYA members! RSVP required – register here. Head to the FB event for more details.
  • Melbourne, 17 April Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • 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.
  • 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, 14 April – Feel like going for a jog? Join AIYA Yogya from 7am @ Wisdom Park, UGM for some early morning exercise.
  • Yogyakarta, 16 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.  


  • Join AIYA National! We are currently taking expressions of interest for the roles of AIYA National President and Treasurer. Are you keen to lead the next stage of AIYA’s mission to facilitate and foster increased bilateral youth engagement? This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of AIYA. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about the roles. Submissions due 6 May 2019.
  • The second TRANSFORM Leadership Program for Adolescent Health is NOW OPEN for delegate applications. Are you interested in working with young people to secure the future health of Indonesia? Professionals from health, education, health promotion, and policy and program development, are invited to apply for a six-day leadership program in Melbourne from 10 – 16 June 2019. Online applications close midnight WIB time 19 April 2019 (9 days away!). Read more about the program here and click here to apply.
  • 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!
  • 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. Please email [email protected] for an invitation to attend the Island Tourism Forum.
  • 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.
  • 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 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, 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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