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Both Indonesia and Australia have recently held presidential and parliamentary elections, with Jokowi and Scomo successfully securing majorities in their respective houses of representatives. Check out the AIC’s article comparing the two systems on their recent electoral performances (article available in English and Indonesian).

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  • Member Spotlight It’s time learn more about the lives of those behind AIYA. This week, meet AIYA Director of Partnerships and Memberships, Sam Shlansky!


  • Adelaide, 3 June – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB page if you’re keen to join in.
  • Adelaide, 6 June – AIYA SA are holding their AGM at Flinders Uni, Bedford Park. Come along to elect a new committee and celebrate Lebaran (aka free lunch). Register to attend and nominate yourself for a position via the google form.
  • Hobart, 13 June – AIYA Tas is having Language Exchange at San Churro dessert cafe in Salamanca square, from 6pm.
  • Hobart, 2 June –  AIYA Tasmania’s “Walk and Talk” is a chance for people to keep up their language skills, meet new people, learn about Indonesia and do a little bit of easy exercise. Come along to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens from 11am.
  • Kupang, 1 June – Come join AIYA East Indo-Kupang’s Language Exchange at AussieBanget Corner, Nusa Cendana University Kupang from 11am onwards. This week’s theme in time! Follow their IG for updates.
  • Melbourne, 5 June Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Sydney, 5 – 28 June – Emerging visual Indonesian artist Jayanto Damanik Tan (born in Indonesia and based in Australia) is displaying his interactive performance installation, ‘Ritual Everywhere But Nowhere’ that explores the identity and politics of diaspora at Gallery 4. More details here.
  • Sydney, 15 June – Celebrate the election of Joko Widodo and running mate Maruf Amin, accompanied with food, music and a cultural show at the Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville, from 12pm. Register your attendance.
  • Sydney, 17 June – AIBC NSW invite you to join the ASEAN Business Councils and Dentons for an informative panel discussion and networking evening that will focus on the impact, opportunities and challenges of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between Australia and the ASEAN region. Register here.
  • Sydney, 18 August – Indonesian Diaspora Network NSW would like to invite you to celebrate harmony in Indonesian Independence together through Walking in Harmony: Gerak Jalan Bersama 2019. The event is supported by Consulate General of Indonesia Sydney, BKPM, as well as all Indonesian communities across New South Wales. Learn more about the event.


  • Online registration for the Atdikbud BPKLN Kemendikbud RI Indonesian Speech and Storytelling Competition 2019 for foreign speakers has been extended until TODAY. Register online now.
  • Call for papers! The Asian Society for Pediatric Research (ASPR) and the Indonesian Pediatric Society are taking submissions for their joint conference in Manado from 7 to 11 September. Submissions deadline TODAY. More details are available here.
  • The Traditional Southeast Asian Music Competition on Mobile Application Phase II deadline is fast approaching! Make sure to get in your application and submissions by 31 May 2019. You can find the competition guidelines here. For further information, contact [email protected].
  • 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!
  • The Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is recruiting Senior Project Officer, Southeast Asia (full time). The position is based in Melbourne, Australia. Applications close at midnight on 5 June 2019 (Melbourne, Australia time). Apply now.
  • Join AIYA SA! AIYA SA are holding their AGM and will elect a new committee on 6 June 2019. Available positions include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Officer and Communications Officer. Register to attend and nominate yourself via the google form.
  • 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.
  • The Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is recruiting Strategic Advisor, Southeast Asia (full time). The position is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and is open to Indonesian nationals and/or applicants with Indonesian working rights. Applications close at midnight on 10 June 2019 AEST. Apply now.
  • In partnership with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, one of Australia’s leading literary and culture magazines Kill Your Darlings is shining a spotlight on Indonesian voices through the 2019 Kill Your Darlings Indonesian Showcase. They are accepting pitches and submissions for essays, commentary, memoirs, cultural criticism and short fiction writing. Pitches or writing can be submitted here (the page also contains all relevant information). Submissions close 10 June.
  • ACICIS Yogyakarta is hiring a Program Assistant (PA). This is an entry-level position and would suit a university graduate with an interest in Education, Cultural Studies, Australian-Indonesia relations. An interest in Creative Arts and Design would be an advantage. Open to Indonesian nationals only. Applications close on Tuesday 11 June 2019. For more information, please view the position description.
  • Suara Indonesia Dance is also looking for volunteers for their upcoming event, ASYIK on 22 June 2019, from 8 – 3am. Volunteer positions involve stage managing, kids managing, ushers, crafts table, set up/pack down and merchandise. If you’re interested, contact [email protected].
  • 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 for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 will open in June 2019. If you’re interested in applying, register your interest to know once applications open.
  • DFAT has launched their iSAY Essay Competition aimed at promoting understanding of the many ways that trade has benefited Australia and the world. There are three categories: Australian High School Students, Australian University Students and ASEAN University Students. Winners will have the opportunity to be published in DFAT’s flagship online and print magazine, business envoy. More information can be found on their website. Submit your application by 11:59pm AEST Friday 28 June 2019 by email to: [email protected].
  • 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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