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In the news
- Floods in three provinces in Sulawesi have forced thousands of people to flee their houses for higher ground.
- Labor is holding out its support for the Indonesian free trade agreement signed off by the Coalition in the previous parliament, as the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, warns against a retreat into protectionism following a meeting of G20 trade ministers.
- In elections last month, Australia’s Liberal-National coalition won a surprising victory, defying pollsters. On domestic policy, the coalition’s victory likely presages continuity on key domestic issues like taxes. But the impact of the coalition’s victory on Australian policy toward Southeast Asia is somewhat less clear.
- Trade tensions and high-tech rivalry between the US and China are having a “very negative influence” on the world economy, Australia’s prime minister said last Friday as he urged both powers to resolve their differences.
- Indonesia observed a peaceful Idul Fitri celebration on Wednesday with a message of unity and calls for reconciliation, following this year’s elections and their violent aftermath, which many believe had sharpened divisions within the nation.
- The Transportation Ministry is studying a proposal made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who suggested inviting foreign airlines to serve domestic routes as an attempt to push down airfares.
- Melbourne startup She’s a Crowd has taken home the International Prize at the Melbourne Knowledge Week Open Innovation Competition, and will be taking its women’s safety data platform to Indonesia.
On the blog
- Hear from AIYEP Alumnus, Rivana Amelia on her experiences living and working in Australia as part of the exchange program!
- Adelaide, 17 June – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB page if you’re keen to join in.
- Canberra, 15 June – The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia will host an Open House event at the Embassy this week to mark the end of Ramadan ‘Idul Fitri (Eid-al-Fitr)’.
- Canberra, 24 June – Attend ANU’s Public Lecture, ‘IA-CEPA: Towards a Stronger Business Partnership Between Australia and Indonesia’, which will be presented by Thomas Lembong, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board and former Minister of Trade of Indonesia, from 5:30pm. Register attendance here!
- Hobart, 14 June – AIYA Tas is hosting Language Exchange at Smolt Kitchen, West Hobart from 6pm.
- Hobart, 24 June – AIYA Tas is hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM). They are also seeking expressions of interest for positions of Chapter President and Chapter Vice President (see ‘Opportunities’ section). Follow their IG for updates.
- Jakarta, 21 June – Are you looking to connect with some new career-minded young adults? AIYA Jakarta’s Cepat Kaya is back! Meet AIYA members and non members alike and join in the chit chat over coffee or tea! Please RSVP by 20 June, as seats are limited.
- Melbourne, 19 June – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
- Melbourne, 19 June – The Indonesia Forum’s Monthly Discussion ‘The New Order Spectre: Disinformation in Indonesia’s Democracy’, will be lead by Dr. Inaya Rakhmani and Imam Ardhianto from Universitas Indonesia, from 5:30pm at University of Melbourne. Follow the event here.
- 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 the politics of the Chinese 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 in Marrickville, from 12pm. Register your attendance.
- Sydney, 17 June – AIBC NSW invite you to join the ASEAN Business Council 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, 29 June – Calling year 12 students to attend the Yr 12 Indonesian Speaking Day held by the Modern Language Teachers Association. Don’t miss your chance to practice your bahasa and have HSC-style conversations with teachers! See the flyer.
- 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.
- Are you passionate about Bahasa Indonesia? NAILA is looking for Language Officers/Translators to join their 2019 team! Read the position description here and apply before 19 June 2019.
- Become a part of AIYA Tas! AIYA Tasmania is now accepting expressions of interest for committee positions of President and Vice President. EOIs are due 20 June 2019 and will be announced at the AGM on 24 June 2019. Submit your EOI here.
- 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].
- The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking a Senior Political Researcher (Security, Maritime and Islamic Affairs). It is a full-time, 12 month position, based in Jakarta with possibility of extension. This vacancy will close on 16 June 2019 at 11.30 (Jakarta Time). Apply here.
- The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking a Protocol Assistant. It is a full-time, ongoing position, based in Jakarta. This vacancy will close on 16 June 2019 at 11.30 (Jakarta Time). Apply here.
- ACICIS is currently seeking up to three interns to assist the program in Yogyakarta. The position would suit a student who is in their third or final year of university and has an interest or passion in the Australia-Indonesia relations, international relations/law, English literature, education, intercultural communications, or hospitality. Click here for more info and apply by 16 June!
- Two positions have become available within the ACICIS Yogyakarta office. See the full position descriptions for a Marketing & Student Recruitment Officer and a Yogyakarta Program Assistant. Applications for both positions close Monday, 17 June 2019. Both positions are open to Indonesian nationals (WNI) only.
- 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. See the flyer and register here. Discounted registration available for students and AIYA members.
- 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 when applications open.
- DFAT has launched their iSAY Essay Competition aimed at promoting understanding of the ways trade has benefited Australia and the world. There’s three categories: Australian High School Students, Australian University Students and ASEAN University Students. Winners will be published in DFAT’s flagship online and print magazine, business envoy. More info can be found on their website. Submit your application by 11:59pm AEST Friday 28 June 2019 at [email protected].
- Applications for ACICIS’ Professional Practica close 1 July! Placements available in Agriculture, Law, Business, Creative Arts & Design, Sustainable Tourism, Journalism & Development Studies. Study and intern in Indonesia in Summer 2020. $3,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
- 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!
- Registration is now open for the 2019 Indonesia Update, to be held on 6 – 7 September 2019! This is an annual conference held at the Australian National University and will be discussing the quality of Indonesian democracy. Click on the link for more information on how to register for this amazing event.
- The Herb Feith Scholarships scheme is a new initiative of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre. Scholarships support graduate researchers to complete an MA or PhD at Monash University on a topic related to Indonesia. Submit your expression of interest for the January – June 2020 enrolment period by 11 August (International Students) and 11 October (Domestic Students). Find out more here!
- ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. The new alumni platform is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.