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Indonesia is the most populous Muslim-majority country on the planet, but deaf Muslims have few resources to learn the Quran. Learn about Surya Sahetapy, who teamed up with a local Islamic organisation to produce videos that translate the Quran into sign language.

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  • We’re back with the annual Indonesian Films Festival (IFF) reviews! This year, we have a review written by AIYA VIC Education Facilitator, Sondoos, discussing “Turah: An Untold Truth”.


  • Adelaide, 19 May – Break your fast with AIYA SA this Sunday. Places limited, registration essential. To register, please complete the google form.
  • Adelaide, 20 May – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB page if you’re keen to join in.
  • 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, 23 May – Come practise your Indonesian or English language skills every Thursday at ANU with AIYA ACT Language Exchange from 3pm.
  • Canberra, 23 May – A screening of ‘Voices from Jakarta’ – a documentary film based on The Greater Jakarta Transition to Adulthood Longitudinal Survey is being held at ANU next Thursday from 5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public; RSVP requested for catering purposes only.
  • Canberra, 27 May – Stressed about exams? Need a sugar break? Take a Martabak study break with AIYA ACT at Unilodge Kinloch Lodge! Click ‘going’ on the FB event so they can cater appropriately.
  • Kupang, 18 May – Come join AIYA East Indo-Kupang’s as they host Baomong IELTS at AussieBanget Corner, Nusa Cendana University Kupang from 11am onwards. Follow their IG for updates.
  • Makassar, 18 May – AIYA East Indo are hosting a charity event this Ramadan, raising money for Cahaya Resky orphanage. Come along and donate. Follow the event here.
  • Melbourne, 22 May Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Sydney, 17 May – Secure your seat at Politics in Action 2019: Updates from Southeast Asia. The forum brings political updates from SE Asia to researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines and beyond. Register now.
  • Sydney, 29 May – The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is hosting Asian Music Ensembles. Come along to a joint end-of-semester recital and public workshop presented by the SCM Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, led by Gary Watson, and members of the SCM Chinese Music Ensemble, led by Dr Nicholas Ng. It’s free entry!
  • Yogyakarta, 24 May – AIYA Yogya will be having Trivia Night as our last event of this semester from 3.30PM at Ayara Cafe. Follow their FB and IG for updates!


  • The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP) are currently recruiting for an Education Officer. Learn more about the role and apply ASAP – applications close tonight!
  • 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 TONIGHT, 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) TONIGHT.
  • 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.
  • Applications for the Speech and Folklore Storytelling Competition, organised by the Indonesian Embassy, Canberra close on the 20 May 2019. Learn more about the competition and how to apply here.
  • 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!
  • How do we protect against fake news and protect democracy in the digital era? Applications are open for the Australia Awards Democratic Resilience – Digital and Media Literacy Short Term Award. This is a fully funded scholarship. Applications close on the 9 June 2019. For more information and to apply, visit the Australia Awards website now.
  • Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre will have their 2019 Conference entitled, ‘Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories’ on 1 – 3 October. Early bird registration closes 30 June 2019. Register now.
  • 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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