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“Say it softly, for no-one wants to jinx it, but there have been some promising signs in the last year or so that bilateral ties could be entering a new period of relative stability”, according to Ben Bland, on the Australia-Indonesia relationship. 

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  • Member Spotlight – It’s time to learn more about the lives of those behind AIYA. This week, meet AIYA Yogyakarta Events Officer, Puspita Wardhani!


  • 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 the 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, 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, 20 July – AIYA Jakarta is hosting ‘SMASH IT!!’, a badminton event from 10am to 12pm! Just bring your own racket and your friends to play along. Follow the IG for updates
  • Jakarta, 10, 12 – 13 August – Register now for the 5th Congress of Indonesian Diaspora 2019 – the largest gathering of Indonesian diaspora, to be held in Jakarta. This year’s theme is ‘Empowering Indonesia’s Human Capital’. Read the official conference invitation
  • Melbourne, 23 July – Indonesia Forum’s Monthly Discussion on “Land use and planning in Indonesia: How do we claw our way out of this mess?”, will be held at the University of Melbourne from 3:30pm – 6:00pm. See the FB event for more details and the flyer. 
  • Melbourne, 24 July Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80. Check out their upcoming discussion topics, with next week’s on the Indonesian province of Papua. 
  • 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
  • Perth, 20 July – AIYA WA invites you to their first themed Language Exchange this year (Film), from 12pm. Come and language exchange before Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (BBIP) prepare to host their first of many Indonesian Film Club (Klub Film Indonesia). Click attending on the FB event
  • Perth, 23 July – AIYA WA is hosting one of the many stalls at the upcoming Young Asian Professionals Networking Evening, from 4:45pm. Come and meet a network of like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs in a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. Reserve your ticket here and click attending on the FB event
  • 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 & Adelaide, 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 Sydney and Adelaide – it’s free! 
  • 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. It 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 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!
  • The International Organisation for Migration has a number of job vacancies in their offices throughout Indonesia, including in Medan, Riau, Banten and Jakarta. Read more here – applications close 22 July 2019. 
  • 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
  • The International Forum for Future Leaders 2019 (12 – 14 September) has opened applications! The forum is a great opportunity for future leaders to improve their leadership skills, exchange and share ideas as well as make new friends! More information can be found on their website. Applications close 22 July 2019.
  • 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 work 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
  • KIAT provides a variety of opportunities to support infrastructure projects throughout Indonesia and are currently seeking to employ two Short Term Advisers – Probity Policy for Public Private Partnerships and Legal Drafting for Preparatory Agency Regulation. Applications close 31 July 2019. Click here to apply
  • Asia Society are seeking a new Communication and Media Coordinator (full time), based in Melbourne. View the full position description here. Click here to apply. Applications close COB 31 July 2019
  • 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
  • Are you an emerging Asian-Australian leader? Do you work with talented and diverse peers who are real leaders in their field? Applications are now open for the ‘40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards,’ a new initiative from Asialink, PwC, ANU and Johnson Partners, celebrating the achievements of the next generation of AsianAustralians. Find out more and apply here. Applications close 5 August 2019. 
  • 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! 
  • Applications for the Language Assistant Program in Western Australian Public Schools 2020 are now open! If you are an Indonesian (under the age of 29, living in Indonesia and recently graduated in the field of education (with little teaching experience) and you are passionate about promoting Indonesian language and cultures, then this opportunity is for you! Applications close 30 August 2019! For more information and to apply, head to the online application form
  • 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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