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The rise of China and India in the last 20 years has rightfully attracted much attention from businesses, economists and policymakers, but has drawn attention away from the quiet economic disruption occurring in SE Asia. This disruption has been led by an extraordinary but practically invisible sector: women entrepreneurs.

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  • What things should you consider when choosing a second language? Read our article on why it is important for young Australians to learn Indonesian here!


  • Adelaide, 24 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, 21 June – 27 October – The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) ‘Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia’ is a major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art will showcase 20 of the most exciting emerging and established artists from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. Check out the events program and come along! 
  • 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, 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! Contact the organisers if you wish to attend. 
  • Kupang, 22 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 social media! Follow their IG for updates. 
  • Melbourne, 26 June Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80. 
  • Melbourne, 27 June –  Come along to the public lecture, ‘How can we Develop a Passion for Asian Languages?’ at the University of Melbourne from 5:30pm. RSVP now
  • 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, 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.








  • If you are a member of AIYA, you would have received an email recently regarding applications to join the Kongres AIYA committee, applications for this opportunity close on 23 June. If you are yet to become an AIYA member but would like to find out about this opportunity please email [email protected].
  • The Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS) aims to strengthen Australia-Indonesia linkages and encourage alumni to further leverage their Australian-earnt expertise to put ideas into action to create meaningful change. The AGS is open to Indonesian nationals who have graduated from an Australian tertiary institution. It is also open to alumni of short-term studies in Australia. Submit your application before 24 June 2019. Find out more about the program!
  • Prospera (the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Development) is seeking Activity Support Officers (3 positions). An ASO is required to provide administrative support to enable the efficient, effective operation of Prospera’s Engagement Areas (EA). Applications must be received by 5pm (Jakarta time) on Friday, 28 June 2019. Read more about the position and how to apply.
  • Saraswati are an Indonesian company that focus on development innovation. They are seeking full-time Project Managers to be based in Jakarta. Only Indonesian nationals may apply. Apply here by 28 June 2019. Learn more about Saraswati.
  • 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].
  • The ASEAN Foundation Student Internship Programme is an unpaid internship programme that aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students a practical experience working in an ASEAN organisation. There are currently a range of internship roles to apply for, which include operations, communications and project management. Click here to apply, applications are due 30 June 2019.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is looking for applicants from Indonesian institutions that oversee or manage international scholarships for study overseas, who want to develop their knowledge and skills in scholarship management to apply for our two-week short course in Australia. This is a fully funded scholarship. Please apply through this link before Sunday, 30 June 2019 at 23.59 WIB. Click here for further information.
  • The 2019 ASEAN Youth Social Journalism Contest is now open. ASEAN youth are encouraged to submit an essay on a prescribed theme. More information can be found on their website. Submit before 30 June 2019 at 23:59 pm Jakarta time.
  • 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.
  • The Asia Pacific Millennial Leaders Summit 2019 (September 24 – 28 in Singapore & Malaysia) is open for applications! Asia Pacific Millennial Leaders Summit provides assistance to young people and strives to create opportunities for those with sincere and honest aspirations and intentions. The summit is fully funded for successful applicants. Application deadline is 30 June 2019. More info here.
  • Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 will open in June 2019. Register your interest to know when applications open.
  • 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 ASEAN Youth Exchange Program 2019 is accepting applications to be held in Bangkok from 28 July – 4 August 2019. The theme of the conference this year is ‘Is ASEAN Really Sustainable in a Changing Global Future?’ More information can be found on their website. Applications are due 1 July 2019.
  • ACICIS is hiring a Program Assistant (PA), based in Bali. This position would suit a graduate with an interest in Sustainable Tourism, Education, Cultural Studies, Australian-Indonesia relations. This position is open to Indonesian nationals (WNI) only. Interested applicants should apply by 9 July 2019. Read the full position description here.
  • Universitas Hasanuddin is hosting the UNHAS International Cultural Program 2019, which will take place from 12th to 20th August 2019 in South Sulawesi, focusing on Maritime Culture in Indonesia. Students of all areas and disciplines of ASEA-UNINET member Universities are able to participate. Applications are open until 15 July 2019. Learn more about the program and register here!
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia invites existing/emerging leaders from Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) with experience in providing advocacy for policy implementation to apply for our two-week short course on the ‘Role of Disabled People’s Organisations in the Implementation of Policy Reform in Australia’ held from 20 January – 31 January 2020. This is a fully funded scholarship. Please apply either through this link (English) or this link (Indonesian) before 8 August 2019 23:59 WIB.
  • 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.

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