‘Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia’ reveals the tensions and fraught history of the world’s third-largest democracy. Read Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore’s review of the latest exhibition to hit the National Gallery of Australia.
In the news
- Several regional authorities in Indonesia have been reminded to intensify the monitoring for possible forest fires and droughts, as the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency forecasts that this year’s dry season will be drier, compared to the previous year.
- The Indonesian government wants to introduce stricter background checks and a new psychological test to gauge potential public servants’ political leanings. An official said Widodo intends the policy to be a part of his legacy of ensuring the country remains a model for moderate Islam.
- Indonesia President Joko Widodo is planning an unprecedented $70 billion splurge on toll roads to help connect the most strung-out country on the planet. It’s almost the equivalent of laying bitumen from New York to San Francisco.
- After a six months adaptation period, the Bali government officially announced the ban on all single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene becoming the first province in Indonesia to do so. It will come into effect as of 23 June 2019.
- Indonesia’s Bali United this week became the first football club in Southeast Asia to list on the stock market, in a move that officials and fans hope could be a step towards expanding a league that has been dogged by allegations of corruption.
On the blog
- It’s official – Indonesia’s Constitutional Court have declared Jokowi will remain in office until 2024. Read Wella’s analysis of the challenges that lie ahead for the incumbent.
- 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 August – This year the AIA ACT Winter Dinner will again celebrate Hari Kemerdekaan and be held the following Saturday at the Canberra Deakin Football Club. Evening includes a three-course meal, and great entertainment with a Gamelan Group, a band and lots more. Book your ticket to their event now!
- Kupang, 29 June – Come join AIYA East Indo-Kupang’s Language Exchange at AussieBanget Corner, Nusa Cendana University Kupang from 11am onwards. This week’s theme is Habits! Follow their IG for updates.
- Makassar, 29 June – Come and join AIYA East Indo-Makassar for their Sharing Session on the Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan scholarship, from 10am – 12pm. Hear directly from former scholarship recipients. It’s a free event. Limited seats available. More details here.
- Melbourne, 3 July – 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 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.
- Sydney, 2 September – Join SSEAC for the launch of Andreas Harsono’s latest book, Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia at the University of Sydney from 12:30pm. Register your attendance!
- 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.
- The Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) is seeking host families in Canberra for the period 14 October to 1 November 2019. AIYEP Host families will be provided with supermarket and/or fuel vouchers to the value of A$600 for the period as a token of thanks for sharing their home. If you are able to host an Indonesian youth, click here for more details and to contact DFAT.
- 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.
- Amnesty International Indonesia are accepting applications for two positions – an Activism & Resource Intern and a Community Organising Intern. It is a 6-month position is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Applications are due 1 July 2019. Read the position descriptions here.
- 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.
- International Internships are seeking a Program Officer, to be based in Jakarta with possibility to travel across the country. It is an 8-month role, with the possibility of extension. Learn more about the position – click here to apply! Applications close 10 July.
- 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!
- The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership invites written submissions to publish on the official AASYP blog and book. SUBMIT your abstract(s) to [email protected]. Submission deadline is 20 July 2019. Learn more here!
- AIA ACT’s Term 3 Indonesia Languages Classes with skilled native speaker teachers start the week beginning 22 July. There will again be classes from total new Beginners through to Advanced. Book in 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!
- Applications to participate in the University of Sydney’s first ever university-wide multilingual speech competition are officially open! The event will be held 29 August 2019. Applications are open to all current USYD students, until 15 August 2019. Apply here. You can also help out as a volunteer on the day. Apply for a volunteer position. Follow the FB event for updates!
- 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.
- Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 have opened. Apply today!
- 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.