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 Indonesia’s third president, BJ Habibie has died, aged 83. An aeronautical engineer, he became president after the fall of President Suharto in 1998.

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  • As the country crowned as the world’s second mismanaged plastic waste, Indonesian Artists are taking a stand through their arts. Here is a piece about the crisis and a message of hope written by Edan Runge.




  • Adelaide, 16 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!
  • Bandung, 6 October – Don’t miss the ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival Indonesian Premiere, from 2:30pm! It’s a free event – get your tickets now. The film festival will also premiere in Melbourne – see the event details.
  • 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!
  • Jakarta, 20 September – AIYA Jakarta presents ‘AIYA Jakarta Opening Night 2019’ with aim to celebrate its new committee, network and make new friends. The night will feature a special dance performance, games, language exchange and networking opportunities all-in-one! Follow their IG for more information.
  • 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!
  • Perth, 14 September – AIYA WA will host their Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 11am at the State Library of Western Australia. Don’t forget – nominations are now open to join the new Executive Committee. More details here.
  • Perth, 26 September – Come along to AIYA WA’s fortnightly Language Exchanges. Bring some money for dinner, or just bring yourself – no pressure! See the FB event for more information.
  • Melbourne, 14 September – The University of Melbourne’s Indonesia Forum is hosting a Students Writing Workshop, which will focus on writing for academic journals, from 9am – 1pm. Please register through this link for catering purposes.
  • Melbourne, 18 September – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • 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.
  • Melbourne, 24 September – AIBC Victoria is hosting a members “Meet and Greet” networking evening, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Registrations are essential.
  • Melbourne, 6 October – Don’t miss the ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival Australian Premiere, from 2:30pm! It’s a free eventget your tickets now. The film festival will also premiere in Bandung – see the event details.
  • 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, 17 September – Join SSEAC for a fascinating discussion of the links between Islam and socialism in Indonesia, from 1pm. See the FB event.
  • 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 – Join AIYA NSW and the Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) Sydney from 5pm for a discussion with Thomas Lembong, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) about IA-CEPA and how young people can be engaged in promoting the Aus-Indo economic relationship. Open exclusively to AIYA members. See the FB event here – limited seating available.
  • 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!
  • Sydney, 10 October – On World Mental Health Day, join SSEAC for a ground-breaking discussion of mental health services in Indonesia, from 5:30pm. Get tickets here.




  • Join AIYA WA! Nominations are now open to join the AIYA Western Australia Executive Committee. Send your nominations in advance to [email protected] or announce your nomination at the beginning of the AGM event on 14 September. See the position descriptions on the FB page.
  • Applications for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) are 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!
  • 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!
  • The Indonesian Consulate in Darwin is hosting FREE Indonesian classes for beginners and intermediate levels, from 16 September. See more information here.
  • 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 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. It 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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