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  • Read our latest piece on how parents can help their child learn and understand Bahasa Indonesia in classroom here!


  • Adelaide, 15 July – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB page if you’re keen to join in.
  • Bali, 22 – 29 October – Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has revealed its first round of storytellers for its 16th year. From 23-27 October in Bali, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Tara June Winch, Lala Bohang, Yotam Ottolenghi, Andreas Harsono, and Behrouz Boochani will be joined by 170+ writers from 30+ countries. Early Bird tickets are on sale now and International Student tickets are available, with Indonesian Student tickets available from 13 August. @ubudwritersfest | #UWRF19
  • Brisbane, 8 August – Come along to AIYA Queensland’s ‘Malam Karier’ (Career Night). Hear from the two panelists share their knowledge and experience of working both in Australia and Indonesia, at Communal Bar from 6:30pm. Follow IG for updates.
  • 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, 12 – 14 July – To complement the ‘Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia’ gallery exhibition, the NGA is featuring six Indonesian films. Attendance is free but online booking is recommended. Visit the NGA website for more information.
  • Canberra, 16 July – The ANU Indonesia Project invite you to the Book Launch of Contentious belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia (editors: Greg Fealy and Ronit Ricci), from 5:30pm. Register your attendance now!
  • 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 now!
  • Jakarta, 12 – 13 August – Register now for the 5th Congress of Indonesian Diaspora 2019, to be held on the 10, 12 – 13 August 2019 in South Jakarta. This year’s theme is ‘Empowering Indonesia’s Human Capital’. Read the official conference invitation.
  • Melbourne, 17 July Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Melbourne, 25 July – Join AIYA VIC at their ‘Make dan Ngobrol: Innovation in Accessibility with an Australia-Indonesia focus’ event. There will be a sharing session from Dr Dina Afrianty from the Australia-Indonesia Research and Advocacy Network (AIDRAN) to speak about inclusive disability research. It’s free for AIYA members. Follow the FB event here.
  • Melbourne, 3 August – This year, PPIA Victoria is bringing Cultural Day to everyone (public and all ages). Learn how to play gamelan, perform a traditional dance, or craft your personal batik pouch. Purchase your ticket here!
  • Melbourne, Sydney & Adelaide, 12 & 19 & 22 July – AIBC NSW, VIC and SA are respectively hosting an IA-CEPA Networking Event with Ms Elizabeth Ward, Australia’s Chief Negotiator for Regional Trade Agreements.  Register here for Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide – it’s free!
  • Perth, 30 July – Attend the IA-CEPA breakfast briefing with Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Gary Quinlan AO and DFAT’s Chief Negotiator (Regional Trade Agreements), Ms Elizabeth Ward, as hosted by DFAT and AIBC (WA). Register here.
  • Sydney, 13 July – AIYA NSW in association with PPIA NSW are hosting a movie marathon of two award-winning Indonesian films: Marlina, The Murderer in Four Acts (2017) and Single (2015). It is free for AIYA NSW and PPIA NSW members. Get tickets here. Follow the FB event for updates.
  • Sydney, 13 July – Celebrate the opening of In Conversation: FX Harsono x Ida Lawrence, a cross-generational and cross-cultural dialogue between internationally renowned Indonesian artist FX Harsono and Australian-Indonesian artist Ida Lawrence. To be held from 2 – 4pm at the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery. RSVP.
  • Sydney, 20 – 21 July – Artspace, in partnership with Asialink Arts and Asia Society Australia, is hosting a symposium designed to stimulate discussion, critical thinking and engagement with some of the most important issues explored in the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS project – censorship, activism, migration, labour, gender and economies of power. Register now.
  • Sydney, 27 July – ICON is an annual Indonesian Ideas Conference – a platform for sharing ideas to inspire the next generation of Indonesians to make an impact – and it’s back in 2019 with more industry-changing entrepreneurs, influential leaders and performances. Follow the FB event & register here!
  • Sydney, 16 August – Now in its seventh iteration, this year’s ASEAN Forum focuses on the digital revolution in ASEAN. The event will bring together leading academic thinkers, activists, practitioners and policy makers to discuss and debate the impact of the digital revolution and the challenges the ASEAN must face. For the full schedule, list of speakers and to register, visit the website.
  • 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!


  • AIYA is recruiting! We are currently seeking applications for a number of national committee positions including: Company Secretary, Director of Operations, Director of Communications, Director of Partnerships & Memberships, Communications Officer, Finance Officer and Operations Officer (Indonesia). Read the position descriptions here. Join the AIYA team today – applications open until 24 June 2019.
  • The Centre for Strategic and International Studies are seeking interns! It’s a 10 – 16 week program based in Jakarta, with the chance to get hands on research experience, especially in foreign and Indonesia’s domestic policy. Applications for the Fall internship period (Sept – Dec) are due 15 July. Learn how to apply 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!
  • 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.
  • Deakin University (Melbourne’s Burwood Campus) is seeking a Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Indonesian (full-time). You will be required to teach, undertake research and publish in the area of Indonesian and contribute to the School’s teaching, research and program development. Applications are due on 26 July 2019. Apply now.
  • University of New South Wales is inviting all international students to apply for a range of scholarships and awards. More information can be found on their website. Deadline for scholarships is 31 July 2019.
  • The International Graduate Merit Scholarships are available to all international students who apply to a coursework program within the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. The scholarship will cover 25%-50% of fee remission and admission will be based on the academic results of your most recent year of study. More information can be found on their website.
  • The ASEAN-Australia Young Leaders Forum (AAYLF) is a funded four-day intensive workshop which aims to cultivate the next generation of leadership in the ASEAN-Australia relationship. The forum will be held on 28 November – 3 December. Applications close 4 August 2019. Apply now!
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia invite emerging leaders from Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) with experience in providing advocacy for policy implementation to apply for a two-week short course on the ‘Role of Disabled People’s Organisations in the Implementation of Policy Reform in Australia’ held in January 2020. This is a fully funded scholarship. Apply through this link (English) or this link (Indonesian) by 8 August 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!
  • 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 apply for a volunteer position. Follow the FB event!
  • 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 by 16 August!
  • Registration is now open for the 2019 Indonesia Update titled ‘From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years’, to be held on 6 – 7 September 2019! This is an annual conference held at the Australian National University. An updated program is available. Register now.
  • 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!
  • Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre will have their 2019 Conference entitled, ‘Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories’ on 1 – 3 October. See the flyer and register here. Discounted registration available for students and AIYA members.
  • Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 have opened. Apply today!
  • 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.
  • The AIMEP is a prestigious international program which invites emerging Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia to engage in an intensive two-week visit of cultural, social, interreligious, and intellectual exchange with their neighbouring country. While you wait for applications to open have a look at the key selection criteria and information you’ll need. Follow the website for updates!
  • 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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