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Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo has announced the national capital will move from Jakarta, on the island of Java, to the province of East Kalimantan, on Borneo. Here’s everything you need to know!

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  • AIYA Queensland’s Malam Karier was a raging success! Read AIYA Qld member, Delphi’s wrap-up on the semangat of the event here!


  • Adelaide, 2 September – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB if you’re keen to join in.
  • Bali, 22 – 29 October – In its 16th year as SE 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 and Yotam Ottolenghi. See the main programbuy your tickets now! Also, there are just three days left (1 September) to enter Writing WA’s competition for a chance of winning a double pass and 5 nights’ accommodation for two people at this year’s festival! Full competition details are available here.
  • Canberra, 21 June – 27 October – The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) ‘Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia’ is a major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art showcasing 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, 6 – 7 September – Don’t miss out on ANU’s Annual ‘Indonesia Update’ titled ‘From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years’. It is free to attend (additional costs for meals). See the final programregister now!
  • Darwin, 31 August – Darwin is hosting Warisan Budaya Festival! Journey to Goyder Square for several Indonesian cultural performances, traditional music and dance performances by overseas and local acts to keep the crowd delightfully entertained throughout the night. Follow the FB event here.
  • Melbourne, 4 September – Join AIYA Victoria’s special screening of feature documentary  ‘Aceh: Beyond the Tsunami’ at the Indonesian Consulate. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Ben Mortley, one of the film’s producers, as well as dinner! It’s $5 for AIYA members and $10 for non-members, with half of all proceeds going to UNICEF (cash only). Be sure to sign up via the FB event.
  • Sydney, 30 August (TONIGHT) – Come join AIYA NSW and PPIA University of Sydney from 6pm as the finalists battle it out at the Bukalapak Case Competition Finals and Networking. Admission is free for AIYA and PPIA University of Sydney members. RSVP via the FB 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! 
  • Sydney, 9 September – The Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project are co-hosting a half-day version of ANU’s Indonesia Update conference in Sydney from 9.15am. It’s a free event featuring top academics from ANU and Indonesia including Edward Aspinall, Burhanuddin Muhtadi and Eve Warburton, among others. See the agenda & sign up here.
  • Sydney, 18 September – Don’t miss out on an exclusive screening of the remarkable fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘High Noon in Jakarta’, by award-winning Sydney filmmaker Curtis Levy. It’s an intimate portrayal of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid during some of the most tumultuous times in his presidency. This is a free event. RSVP here.
  • Sydney, 19 September – Organised by the Indonesian Embassy, Consulates and Trade Promotion Centre, this year’s annual Indonesia-Australia Business Summit is themed, “IACEPA: Capitalizing Partnership, Gaining Mutual Benefits” and consists of seminars featuring high-level Government Officials from Indonesia and Australia as well as notable private sectors. Speakers include NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham. Register now for this full-day event!


  • Join the AIYA NSW Committee 2019/20! They are currently seeking enthusiastic applicants to fill the positions of: Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Officer, Communications Team Member/s, Education Team Member/s, Sociocultural Team Members/s and Professional Programs Team Member/s. Applications close 8 September 2019. For position descriptions and to apply – click here.
  • Applications for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) are now open! The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Environment’. Follow the website and FB page for more updates, including an information pack. Applications close 17 September – so ayo, get filming!
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking a Senior Media Officer (full time, ongoing) based in Jakarta. The Senior Media Officer is a leadership position within the media team, responsible for providing strategic advice on how to engage journalists in Indonesia and carrying out key public affairs duties. Applications close 3 September 2019. Click here to apply.
  • Monash University, Clayton is seeking a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies (full-time position). Applications close 5 September 2019. Apply here.
  • Got no summer plans yet? Applications are open for Learning Languages Locally: Indonesia! This is an incredible short exchange program (open to all ANU undergraduate students with elective space) that allows you to study in-country and learn Bahasa Indonesia. This ANU course is also New Colombo Plan funded with grants up to $3,000 available for those eligible. Learn more here – applications close 8 September 2019.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre is hiring a PAIR Administrative Officer. The position is a full-time, 12-month contract based in Makassar, South Sulawesi. PAIR is an AIC initiative supported by the Australian Government, the Indonesian Government and 11 leading universities to advance the research linkages between the two countries. Applications close 10 September 2019 – Apply now!
  • The Indo-Pacific and NCP the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in partnership with Asialink Business, are now recruiting 2019-20 NCP Alumni Ambassadors! Ambassadors will also get to participate in the Alumni Ambassador program. If you’re an NCP alumnus – apply now before 13 September!
  • 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 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). Note – 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.
  • 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.
  • Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a microfinance organisation based in Yogyakarta that work to empower women to fight poverty. They also provide free English classes to children and are currently working to establish an English book library, so children can continue learning at home. They are seeking donations of new and secondhand English books. To coordinate any donations, contact PPMK on WhatsApp at +62 857-7610-7979 or at [email protected]. Learn more about PPMK’s work!
  • ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. TIt 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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