As one of the Bajau people, sea hunters, living off the coast of Sulawesi, Mando’s lungs are anything but weak. Also known as sea gypsies, many Bajau are able to swim before they can walk, and can stay underwater for up to eight minutes.

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  • Hear from AIYEP Alumnus, Tim Flicker about his experiences on the exchange program!
  • Welcome back to our Career Championship series, starring UNSW Associate Professor Melissa Crouch. Learn about her extensive work to bridge the gap between Australia and Indonesia here.


  • Adelaide, 13 May – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB page if you’re keen to join in.
  • Bandung, 12 May – Help AIYA Jawa Barat celebrate the end of semester at Bamboo Shack from 5:30pm. The dinner is only 10k for AIYA Members and 35 for the non-members. Don’t forget to wear your best Batik!
  • Brisbane, 23 May – Get set to join AIYA Queensland for a Buka Puasa x Slang Language Exchange from 5pm at Sendok Garpu, Indooroopilly. Follow the event and purchase your ticket now!
  • Canberra, 15 May – AIYA ACT are hosting an Indonesian Dance Workshop. Come learn a quick Indonesian dance and maybe even make some new friends! Follow the FB event here.
  • Canberra, 16 May – Come practise your Indonesian or English language skills every Thursday at ANU with AIYA ACT Language Exchange.
  • Canberra, 27 May – Come along to AIYA ACT’s Martabak Night at ANU. Venue TBC. Follow their FB page for updates!
  • Jakarta, TONIGHT – AIYA Jakarta will host another Language Exchange at the Gofood Festival Festival, GBK. Bring a friend, or two or turn up alone and make ten. Event starts at 6.30pm. Be there!
  • Kupang, 11 May – Come join AIYA East Indo-Kupang’s Language Exchange at AussieBanget Corner, Nusa Cendana University Kupang from 11am onwards. This week’s theme is ‘Education’.
  • Melbourne, 11 May – Join AIYA VIC for a morning of badminton at Monash Caulfield. All levels welcome. This event is GRATIS for AIYA members and just $5 for non-members (you can become a member on the day). Follow the FB event and RSVP here. Ayo, bermain bulutangkis bersama AIYA Victoria!
  • Melbourne, 15 May Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Melbourne, 15 May – The Indonesia Forum invites you along to their Monthly Discussion “Indonesia tanpa feminis: my body is not mine, but do I know it?”, from 5:30pm at the University of Melbourne. Register here.
  • Sydney, 11 May – AIYA National are coming to Sydney! Get to know our national committee members over a game of laser tag and, perhaps, karaoke as well. RSVP now as the first 10 AIYA members* registered will get free 2 rounds of laser tag!
  • Yogyakarta, 13 May – AIYA Yogya is proudly presenting a seminar on environmental politics and renewable energy in the Asia-Pacific region. Come and share your thoughts alongside some phenomenal guest speakers from 4pm.


  • The Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure (KIAT) program are seeking to hire a Research Officer (Economic and Inclusion) and an Economist. Applications for these roles close 5pm (Jakarta time) on 10 May 2019.
  • Apply now to join the 2019 National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) Committee! They’re recruiting for a number of volunteer positions in Partnerships, Engagement, Communications, Creative, Programs, and Translations. Read more about the opportunity – applications are due midnight (AEST) on 15 May.
  • ACICIS are currently seeking input from key stakeholders regarding arrangements to be made to celebrate the achievements of ACICIS founding Consortium Director Professor David T Hill. Please see the Terms of Reference for stakeholder consultation available here. Any input must be received by May 15 2019. Contact [email protected] for any questions.
  • The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP) are currently recruiting for an Education Officer. Learn more about the role and apply before the 17 May 2019 here.
  • Working on a social enterprise that fits the theme “smart cities”? Applications to Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) have been extended. A2ELP is a three month leadership program for 15 social entrepreneurs from ASEAN and Australia. The closing date has now been extended to Friday 17 May 2019, so apply now. For more information, please contact Wesa Chau at [email protected]
  • Prospera is seeking a number of interns, for placements up to six months, to assist with range of skills including data collection, cleaning and analyses; reviews of literature; written and oral translation; communications, research, and logistical support. Internships are based in Jakarta. Read the position description and click here to apply. Applications must be received by 5pm (Jakarta time) on 17 May 2019.
  • 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 and requirements, click here. Applications close 17 May 2019.
  • Are you, or do you know, an Honours student whose research engages with Southeast Asia? Apply to attend SSEAC’s Honours Bootcamp on 25 – 27 June! Travel grants are available for students coming from outside Sydney. Find out more and apply here by 19 May.
  • 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.
  • Call for student volunteers! University students in Yogyakarta are invited to participate in a two-week research project focusing on issues of disability and social inclusion in Indonesia, alongside students from the University of Sydney. SSEAC is looking for 4 – 6 local student volunteers to participate, running from 3 – 12 July 2019. Learn more about this fantastic opportunity – apply before 26 May 2019!
  • SSEAC Research Conference is calling for papers. The conference will bring together expertise on Southeast Asia from University of Sydney postgraduates and the early career researchers community. Submission deadline is Monday 27 May and conference will be held 24 June. Submit papers here and register to attend.
  • The ANU Indonesia Institute invites panel and paper proposals for the Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC), to be held on 19 – 21 November. Submissions are welcome from established scholars in all disciplines, as well as from postgraduate and graduate students and other experts to present their research. Submission deadline for papers and panel proposals is 1 June. Submit here!
  • Registrations are open to attend the Bahasa for Summer Sociopreneur & Cultural Workshop 2019, a two week MBA UNPAR program where students learn Bahasa Indonesia and social entrepreneurial skills, being held in Late July. Open until 10 June 2019. Find out more now!
  • 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!
  • Applications are now open for the ACICIS six-week Business Professional Practicum (BPP), running in Jakarta in January-February 2020. $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants are available to support eligible Australian undergraduate students. Applications close 1 July 2019.
  • 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 and close on 14 August 2019. Students interested in the program are advised to contact their international liaison office. Learn more here!
  • ReelOzInd! 2019 is open for submissions! Take part in another spectacular tour of Indonesian and Australian storytelling and creativity. Filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers and anyone who can get their hands on video recording device are invited to submit a film of 10 minutes duration or less, in keeping with the theme ‘berubah/change’. Baca lebih lanjut dalam Bahasa Indonesia. Submit here before 16 August!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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