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Tourists come to Komodo National Park, which stretches across a volcanic explosion of islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, because of the dragons and also for the vibrant sea life. But like other tourist destinations around the world, the inundation of tourists is threatening the very animals and pristine beauty drawing them there.

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In the news


  • Adelaide, 19 August – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB page if you’re keen to join in.
  • Adelaide, 18 August – AIYA SA are going out for their first hike with a new committee at the Morialta Conservation Park (pending weather). Meet in the carpark/beginning of hiking trail at 9:30 for a 10am start. See the FB event.
  • Brisbane, 20 August – The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will be hosting a briefing session on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement from 9.00 am to 10.30 am. Registrations are essential. Please register here.
  • Brisbane, 23 – 24 August – Don’t miss out on ‘Indoz Festival 2019’ – the biggest Indonesian cultural event in Queensland at King George Square & Brisbane City Hall. See the FB event here.
  • Bali, 22 – 29 October – For its 16th year as Southeast Asia’s leading literary event, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (23 – 27 October) has announced its full lineup of over 180 authors, journalists, artists and activists from 30 countries, including Laksmi Pamuntjak, Tara June Winch, Lala Bohang, Yotam Ottolenghi, Andreas Harsono, and Behrouz Boochani. See the main programbuy your tickets now! @ubudwritersfest | #UWRF19
  • 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, 16 August – Come meet new friends and practise your Indonesian or English at AIYA ACT’s weekly Language Exchange every Friday at 5:30 at ANU Union. No matter your language level come along and have a chat! RSVP on Facebook to keep up to date with this event and future LXs.
  • Canberra, 18 August (updated date) – AIYA ACT is doing a bushwalk up Black Mountain, to be followed by a BBQ at Black Mountain Peninsula Park – join them at 10am. RSVP via Facebook to ensure there is plenty of BBQ snacks!
  • Canberra, 24 August – Join AIYA ACT for an Indonesian Cooking Night! Come learn how to make Sulawesi cuisine – specifically Makr Pepes and Martabak Bandung (vegetarian options available). No cooking experience required. More information and to apply, click here.
  • Canberra, 24 August – The annual 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. This year’s guest speaker is HE Bapak Kristiarto Legowo – Ambassador to Australia. Bookings close soon – Get your ticket now!
  • Darwin, 31 August – Darwin is hosting Warisan Budaya Festival! Journey to Goyder Square, Palmerston for several Indonesian cultural performances, traditional Indonesian music and dance performances by overseas and local acts to keep the crowd delightfully entertained throughout the night. Follow the FB event here.
  • Melbourne, 23 & 25 August – AIYA Victoria invite you to attend the AFL (Australian Football League) 2 week festival at the MCG. AIYA’s Vice President have provided complimentary tickets to a series of upcoming games at the MCG. Registrations are limited so get in while you can! See the event page for the next match here.
  • Melbourne, 17 August – Immerse yourself in a one-day INDONESIA RAYA 2019 FESTIVAL at the Queensbridge Square to celebrate Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day. The event will showcase the best of Indonesian culture, Indonesian tourism destinations, and Indonesian cuisines. Food starts at 12:00, entertainment starts from 3pm till late. Follow the FB event here.
  • Melbourne, 21 August – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Perth, 22 August – AIYA WA will be hosting Language Exchange from 6:15pm – 7:30pm. Follow the FB page for updates!
  • Perth, 22 August – Perth’s Centre for Stories X PEN Perth are putting a ‘Spotlight on Indonesia’ this month with AIYA WA’s own Martha Weruing and Kevin Ng, along with other Indonesian Perth residents speaking on the Indonesian experience and literature. The event is free – RSVPs essential. Buy your ticket now!
  • Perth, 24 August – AIYA WA Language Exchange is BACK from 6.15 PM at Old Shanghai Northbridge. It’s a FREE event.
  • Sydney, 18 August – Indonesian Diaspora Network NSW invite you to celebrate harmony in Indonesian Independence together through Walking in Harmony: Gerak Jalan Bersama 2019. Learn more about the event.
  • Sydney, 22 August – AIYA NSW is proud to present Doing Business in Indonesia 2019! Join a distinguished panel of speakers, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of Doing Business in Indonesia within the context of the recently signed IA-CEPA. Get your tickets now! (It’s FREE for AIYA members).
  • Sydney, 23 August – AIYA NSW will be holding its 2019 AGM, 6 – 8pm at the University of Sydney. If you’re an AIYA member please come and vote. Apply for an executive role here. See the FB event for more info.
  • Sydney, 24 August – The Indonesian Football Council Australia have organised a Futsal Cup 2019 at the Australian National Sports Club. Win a grand total of $1500 in prize money. Registrations close 10 August 2019. See the flyer here.
  • Sydney, 24 August – Milli and Mamet film comes to Sydney! Playing at the Hoyts Sydney Entertainment Quarter. Book your tickets now!
  • 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! 
  • Yogyakarta, 22 August – AIYA Yogyakarta will be having their first ‘Opening Night’ next week. The theme is ‘Agustusan’. Follow IG & FB for updates.


  • Applications for the 2019 National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) open in ONE WEEK! The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Environment’. For more information, head to the information pack provided on their website. Follow the website & FB page for more updates. Applications will close 17 September.
  • Join AIYA NSW! Nominate yourself for the position of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Socio-cultural Officer, Education Officer, Communication Officer and/or Professional Programs Officer at AIYA NSW’s upcoming AGM (23 August). If interested, please fill out the nomination form. Please note, only AIYA members are eligible to apply for a committee position. Sign up to be a member now!
  • The all-important process for ratification of IA-CEPA by the Australian Parliament is underway, with Australia’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) currently calling for public submissions prior to making its recommendations. This is a critical step towards IA-CEPA entering into force, and one which AIBC is fully supporting, through its own submission and broad advocacy. Submissions close on Friday 23 August, with details and lodgement instructions found 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 by 6pm AEST TONIGHT!
  • The Gojek International Management Program for Accelerated Career Track (GoIMPACT) is a comprehensive 12-month program to identify and develop young talent into employees within the Gojek group. Learn more and apply before 20 August 2019.
  • Application for the ACICIS Public Health Study Tour running in Nov-Dec 2019 close 25 August! Spend two weeks in Indonesia. $3,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • 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! For more information and to apply, head to the online application form. Applications close 30 August 2019.
  • Applications for ACICIS Semester Programs running in Semester 1, 2020 close 1 September! Study, intern and immerse yourself in Indonesia! Programs are available in Agriculture, Law, Business, Development Studies, International Relations, Indonesian Language Teaching, and Indonesian Language. $7,000-$8,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • ANU’s Annual ‘Indonesia Update’ titled ‘From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years’, will be held on the 6 – 7 September this year! It is  free to attend (additional costs for meals). The final program is available and the registration is now open. Don’t miss out!
  • 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 October (Domestic Students), the deadline for international students has closed. 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.
  • IndoAustay are running the next Adult Language Immersion Course in Bandung, 6 – 17 January, 2020. The two-week course is taught at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung and is a great way to learn more about Indonesian language and culture. Students stay with a local homestay family during the course. Applications close 2 October 2019. For more information, see the website or contact [email protected].
  • 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!
  • The Asia Centre’s 5th International Conference (to be held in Bangkok, July 2020) will focus on ‘Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions. They are now accepting abstracts until 15 December 2019. Submit yours and/or register for the conference 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.
  • Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project

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