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The Australia Indonesia free trade agreement presents an opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries, but is Australia ready? Melissa Crouch argues it is time to put Indonesian back on the priority list of languages to be studied in Australia.

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  • Last Wednesday, Indonesians went to the ballot box. As Australians prepare for their upcoming election in May, read about what things the two electoral systems have in common and how they differ in Bahasa Indonesia and English (Originally published in The Conversation).


  • Adelaide, 29 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, handicrafts and cooking demonstrations! This is a day which is surely not to be missed – check out the promo video here.
  • Bandung, 27 April – AIYA Jawa Barat are providing the opportunity to play some traditional Indonesian games! Head to Taman Balai Kota from 9.30 – 11.30am to get involved. More info available on AIYA JaBar’s instagram.
  • Canberra, 3 May – AIA is hosting a Trivia Night at the Kingston Hotel starting from 6pm. The Trivia questions will cover both Australian and Indonesian questions. Book now.
  • Kupang, 27 April – Come to AIYA East Indo-Kupang Language Exchange at Aussie Banget Corner, Nusa Cendana University from 11am onwards. This week’s theme is tourism (pariwisata).
  • Melbourne, 1 May Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Melbourne, 30 April – Join AIYA Victoria for a post-Indonesian election panel discussion ‘Basa Basi’ event at the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash Caulfield. Please see their FB event for more details.
  • Melbourne, 26 & 29 April – Indonesia is poised to dominate the digital economy in Southeast Asia by 2025. If you’re keen to find out how, one of the local players in Indonesia will play their part in this, attend one of two ‘Blitalk’ sessions being held in Sydney (26 April) and Melbourne (29 April). Register your attendance now.
  • 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.  
  • Sydney, 30 April – Want to know more about the upcoming Australian Federal Election? The Lowy Institute is holding a discussion on “Foreign Policy, Defence and the Federal Election”.
  • Yogyakarta, 28 April – Feel like going for a jog? Join AIYA Yogya from 7am @ Wisdom Park, UGM for some early morning exercise.
  • Yogyakarta, 30 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, 1 May – Come along to AIYA Yogyakarta’s LX from 6.30PM @ AoA Resto & Creative Space.  Don’t miss the chance to ngobrol sambil nongkrong!


  • 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.
  • Keen to finally start learning Indonesian in Sydney? The WEA Indonesian Beginners Course starts on Monday 29 April 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!
  • Australia Awards Scholarships for Masters and PhD degrees close on 30 April 2019 at 11:59pm AEDT. 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 Office in Indonesia via WhatsApp  +62 81289804911, phone +62 21 5277648 or email. For further information, please click here.
  • The Attaché for Education and Cultural Affairs have recently launched a “Speech and Folklore Storytelling Competition for Bahasa Indonesia as Second Language (BISL) Learner” for non-Indonesian or Melayu native speakers. Apply before 30 April 2019 here.
  • Deadline extended! Nominations for the Australia Indonesia Awards are open until 30 April 2019. Name a hardworking person you know who is committed to building Australia-Indonesia relations in the following categories: Women’s Sport; Technology and Training; and Arts and Entertainment. Nominate someone 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.
  • The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference 2019 in Cambridge, England will be held on 6 July 2019, the theme for the ASEAN ERC 2019 is ‘Answers to Global Challenges – Sustainability’. Abstract submissions are due on 20 May 2019.
  • SSEAC Research Conference is calling for papers. The conference provides a forum to bring together expertise on SE Asia from University of Sydney postgraduate and the early career researchers community. Submission deadline is Monday 27 May and conference will be held 24 June 2019. Submit papers here and register now to attend.
  • The Indonesia Council Open Conference is calling for papers and panel submissions. The conference will be held on 19 – 21 November 2019 at ANU. The deadline for submissions is 1 June, submit your abstracts here!
  • 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 until 16 June 2019! Check out the website for information on how to apply!
  • The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations. Applications from nominated students open on 16 July 2019 and close on 14 August 2019. Eligible undergraduate students interested in the Scholarship Program are advised to contact their international liaison office. Click here to learn more!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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