Indonesia is one of the world’s leading emitters of carbon dioxide and the fifth largest producer of coal, both for export and its own domestic use. Recently, Jokowi reiterated his commitment to reducing Indonesia’s dependence on fossil fuels and has set ambitious renewable energy targets. In Talking Indonesia this week they ask, are these goals realistic?

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  • Welcome back to Member Spotlight where we meet the faces of AIYA. This week we introduce you to AIYA Yogyakarta’s Sports officer, Owen Wishart!




  • Adelaide, 9 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!
  • Bandung, 15 September – Come along to AIYA Jawa Barat’s Language Exchange Literacy Day, the first language exchange of semester two to coincide with the upcoming International Literacy Day, at Bamboo Shack Cafe. 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 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!
  • Kupang, 25 September – AIYA East Indonesia (Kupang) will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM), from 11am at Aussie Banget Corner. Apply for the Kupang committee here!
  • Melbourne, 11 September – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Melbourne, 11 September – Don’t miss the Indonesia Forum’s monthly public lecture, ‘The Politics of Land Reclamation in Jakarta’ presented by Dr. Amalinda Savirani and Dr. Amanda Achmadi, from 5:45pm. RSVP via the FB event.
  • Melbourne, 12 September – The Uleg Restaurant’s ‘A Night of Indonesian Soulfood’ will be hosted by Tati Carlin (Masterchef 2019 contestant) in collaboration with Cynthia Najoan. In true Indonesian style; makan bersama (eating together), guests will be encouraged to meet new people at communal tables and share their love of flavourful, Indonesian cuisine. Limited seats – purchase tickets here!
  • Melbourne, 13 September – Join founder of Javara Indonesia and one of Asia’s top entrepreneurs, Helianti Hilman, from 12pm as she shares her life’s work in the first of Asia Society’s interactive lunchtime series – ‘Food & Function (Lessons from Indonesia)’. Helianti will share how her organisation works to sustain farmers throughout Indonesia through a revival of indigenous wisdom and traditional conservation practices. Limited places available – make sure to register.
  • Melbourne, 19 September – Held at Monash University, Pat Walsh AM, OTL will present a public seminar on the 20th Anniversary of East Timor’s Ballot on Independence, entitled Freeing Indonesia from East Timor. See the flyer here.
  • Perth, 10 September – AIBC WA are hosting their 2nd IA-CEPA Business Workshop, from 7am – 12pm. This one will focus on the Services Sector (Mining, Energy, Infrastructure/Transport, Cybersecurity, Engineering and Construction). Register now.
  • Perth, 11 September – The Centre for Stories are piloting a monthly Indonesian Literature beginning next Wednesday. All are welcome, regardless of prior knowledge of Indonesian writing or bilingual skills. You can RSVP here.
  • Perth, 12 September – AIBC WA are hosting a Business Networking Sundowner with Chris Barnes, Consul General – Surabaya, from 6pm. Register now.
  • 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, 14 September – Sydney’s Balinese Community are hosting the Taksu Bali Festival, from 11am – 3pm at the Balmain Town Hall. Fill your day with balinese dance, gamelan and cuisine. See the flyer!
  • 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 Midnight 8 September 2019. See the position descriptions and committee structure – and don’t forget to apply!
  • 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 updates, and see the flyer for everything you need to know! Applications close 17 September – so ayo, get filming!
  • Join AIYA East Indonesia – Kupang committee! They’re now accepting nominations for the executive positions of: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Events Officer and Communications Officer, ahead of the AGM on 28 September 2019. Apply here by 25 September 2019!
  • 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!
  • Cardno Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice 2 (AIPJ2) are seeking an Activity Manager for Aceh to play an integral role in managing AIPJ2 activities in Nangroe Aceh Darussalam and providing professional services as the main contact point for AIPJ2 with the Regional Government. See the position description – applications close 24 September 2019.
  • SBS Radio presents the SBS National Languages Competition 2019 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. They are calling for language learners of all ages to enter, including those learning English and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Applications close 27 September 2019 – don’t miss out on the chance to enter!
  • 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.

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