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  • ‘We tell ourselves stories in order to live’ wrote Joan Didion. It is also true that we can tell stories in order to live more harmoniously with each other. This is precisely what the ReelOzInd! – hopes to achieve in sharing the stories of two neighbouring countries – Australia and Indonesia – through film. Read about last week’s dual ReelOzInd! premiere in Bandung and Melbourne.
  • Member Spotlight – It’s that time again to learn more about the lives of those behind AIYA. This week, let’s meet AIYA new Blog Editor, Meylisa Sahan!




  • Adelaide, 14 October – 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!
  • 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, 19 October – Don’t miss out on PASPAMPRES 2019: “The Struggle for Love” and “Folk Market” – PPIA ANU’s biggest event of the year that combines a classic Indonesian theatrical performance and Indonesian food market, from 2 – 6pm. The event is FREE – registration essential.
  • Canberra, 20 October – Recently hit by flash flooding, AIA ACT are hosting a fundraiser with this year’s AIYEP participants to help a school in Bangga Village, Palu region to get chairs and desks for the students. Don’t miss dance performances by the AIYEP participants, a silent auction and the chance to practice your English/Indonesian. Tickets are $20 – buy one now!
  • Canberra, 21 October – AIYA ACT will have their AGM at ANU Union from 7:30pm. All positions open for recruitment – please send your Expression of Interest for positions to [email protected]. Please note – all positions are voluntary.
  • Canberra, 26 October – AIYA ACT invite you along to a fun night of Australia and Indonesia trivia at ANU, starting from 5pm. It’s FREE – register yourself or your team here. Follow the FB event for updates.
  • Canberra, 29 October – Come along to NTA’s (Nusa Tenggara Association) TRIVIA NIGHT 2019! Book a table here.
  • Jember, 13 October – Co-hosted by SSEAC, the 4th conference on human rights entitled, ‘Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Theory meets Practice” provides a platform for academics, human rights activists and practitioners to explore current human rights issues in SE Asia. To be held at the Universitas Negeri Jember in East Java – get your tickets now.
  • Kupang, 12 October – Come join AIYA East Indo-Kupang’s Language Exchange at Aussie Banget Corner, Nusa Cendana University Kupang, 11am onwards. This week’s theme is ‘Quotes & Self Motivation’. Follow their IG for updates.
  • Melbourne, 16 October – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
  • Melbourne, 19 October – Susheela Raman’s ‘Ghost Gamelan’ is a fabulous music collaboration from the UK and Indonesia, and part of this year’s Melbourne Festival program. Melbourne International Arts Festival are currently offering $39 tickets (promo code, ‘GAMELAN’ offer expires Wednesday 9 October at 11.59pm). Don’t miss such an exciting event – details here!
  • Melbourne, 25 October – The Indonesia Forum in collaboration with the Nossal Institute for Global Health are pleased to co-convene a one day symposium: ‘Health Security in Indonesia: Interdisciplinary and Regional Perspectives’, from 9am – 5pm at the University of Melbourne. Register here.
  • Melbourne, 30 October – AIYA Victoria will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Indonesian Consulate General, from 6pm. RSVP via the FB event, which includes information about how to nominate yourself for one of their Executive positions!
  • Perth, 24 October – 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 info.
  • Perth, 25 – 27 October – Don’t miss ‘Festival Indonesia’, the biggest Indonesian festival in WA showcasing their unique culture, culinary, tourism and trade. It’s a FREE event with live performances, fashion shows, a kids corner, workshops and giveaways. See the FB event for updates.
  • Sydney, 12 October – Don’t miss UNSW’s Inaugural ASEAN Conference! This one-day event will bring together driven students, regional stakeholders and distinguished diplomatic pioneers to discuss South East Asia’s most notable issues. Grab your tickets here.
  • Sydney, 26 October – The Indonesian Diaspora Network – New South Wales proudly present ‘Diaspora Night 2019 – jauh dimata, tetap dihati, cinta Indonesia’. It will be a night filled with incredible cultural performances, Indonesian cuisine, a talk show and a raffle – not to mention it’s a great networking opportunity. The night kicks off from 6:30pm – purchase your tickets early and save here!




  • Join AIYA ACT! AIYA ACT will have their AGM at the ANU Union on 21 October 2019. All positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, General Representatives and Social Media Officer) are open for recruitment – please send your expression of interest for positions to [email protected].
  • Join AIYA Victoria! AIYA Victoria will be electing a new President, Vice President (Internal) and Vice President (External) at their upcoming AGM on 30 October 2019. Nominations are now open – submit your Expression of Interest here.
  • Got a creative idea? AIYA wants to hear from you! We are on the hunt for submissions from our members to be published in the AIYA Annual 2019. Deadline for submissions is 1 November. Learn more here!
  • The Australian Technology Workshop are hosting a series of Professional Development Workshops throughout Indonesia, entitled ‘Finding a PhD Supervisor: A practical guide to researching, preparing and communicating with prospective supervisors”. They will be held in Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar and Bandung throughout the month of October. Register now.
  • The University of Western Australia is establishing a node of the Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) and wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Scholar to undertake research related to contemporary Indonesia as part of the broader research efforts of the AIC. Read more about the role – applications close 17 October 2019.
  • The University of Sydney are currently accepting applications for a full-time lecturer position in the Department of Indonesian Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures. Applications close 20 October 2019. More info available here.
  • Corethics Ltd are seeking volunteers to assist with their ReelOzInd! Short Film Fest on 30 November 2019. There are a variety of positions available from pre-event (flyer distribution/sponsorships/donations) to event (door/food & beverage/setup/pack down). If this sounds like something you are keen to support then please apply here!
  • The ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) 2019 will be held from 18-20 November 2019 in Malaysia and is themed ‘Building Quality Assurance and Sustainability in International Education’. More information on how you can attend can be found on their website.
  • 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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