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In the news     

  • Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, will visit Australia in February. The visit is scheduled during a joint sitting week in Canberra to accommodate a parliamentary address. It is also a final push to get the Free Trade Agreement over the line before the visit. (Australian Financial Review)
  • The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is an anomaly in Indonesia’s corrupt institutional environment. However, critics and state power holders had argued for KPK to be reinvented to function as a government-friendly watchdog. Will this weaken KPK’s power, and what are the ramifications. Jeremy Mulholland discusses. (East Asia Forum)
  • As the fear of the spread of Coronavirus takes hold around the world, many fear of the intersection of its ramifications. This ABC News article covers the story of the six Chinese men who tried to enter Australia by boat from East-Timor, intercepted, and brought back to Kupang. The fear of the virus have triggered biosecurity and border protection. (ABC News)
  • Bali has become synonymous with Australian tourists, but the Indonesian government plans to build ‘10 new Balis’ to attract more international tourists. What are the problems being faced by the government in order to make sure that destinations are up to scratch for international visitors? Check it out here. (ABC News)
  • While coronavirus infections grow globally, Indonesia has claimed zero cases so far. However, suspected cases continued to be recorded across the archipelago. For updated information check here. (The Jakarta Post)
  • Indonesia was shocked by the news that Indonesian national Reynhard Sinaga was charged with hundreds of counts of rape. But according to the Indonesian Human Rights Commission, revulsion of the case have sparked a widespread homophobic backlash, some of which have resulted in policies that can severely impact the LGBT community, as Aljazeera covered. (Al Jazeera)




In the blog

  • The Indonesian Government’s Darmasiswa Scholarship, a funding for foreign students to study the Indonesian language, culture and/or arts at a selected  institution across the archipelago is now open. This week, Peter, AIYA NSW Communications Officer tells us why you should apply. Read his excitingl journey here.




  • Jakarta, 8 February- Join AIYA National for its inaugural AIYA Alumni Dinner in Jakarta. Acara makan malam ini dilangsungkan sebagai salah satu bentuk ucapan terima kasih untuk Alumni AIYA atas kontribusi mereka. Klik disini untuk membeli tiket.
  • Melbourne, 20 February – 28 March – Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia-TOPA) returns to celebrate the creative imagination of artists and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. The events have shows showcasing the cultures of various Asian countries. Alumni of the University of Melbourne are eligible to receive a 15% discount. Check out out here.
  • Sydney, 31 January- Join AIYA national for its inaugural AIYA Alumni Dinner to celebrate AIYA alumni and thank them for their past and continuing contributions. Held in KJRI, a delicious Indonesia banquet will be included. Tickets are sold here.
  • Sydney, 1 February – Mosman Art Gallery, in conjunction with Indonesian Embassy and the Indonesian Consulate, are hosting a special exhibition/panel discussion entitled, ‘Jumaadi: My Love is an Island Far Away’ from 11:30am. Free event but bookings essential – see the FB event.
  • Sydney, 13 February –  The Indonesian Literature Club in Sydney is holding their next group discussion at Customs House Library. For registration and information email [email protected]
  • Sydney, 20 March- Join AIYA NSW for its annual Malam Karier in UTS CB04.03.310 from 6-9 pm. This year’s topic will be “Human Skills We Need in an Unpredictable World,” to gear future work-seekers towards a complex future.






  • Join AIYA Jawa Barat! Want to be a key member of AIYA Jawa Barat committee? They are looking for people to fill the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, Education Lead, Social and Cultural Lead, and Professional Development Officer. Click here to apply.
  • Join AIYA Victoria! – Want to become a key member of the AIYA Victoria committee? AIYA Victoria is calling for applicants! Please note these roles are voluntary, unpaid and for members only. Read moreapply here.
  • The Australian Volunteers for International Development Program (Australia Aid) currently have a number of volunteer assignments in Indonesia, including a Speech Therapist Mentor, Provincial Cricket Development Officer/Coach and Marketing and Communications Officer. Applications for these close 29 January 2020. Be sure to check out the full range of volunteer assignments here.
  • Applications are open for a two-year appointment as postdoc in Human Rights in East and Southeast Asia at Lund University. The candidate needs to have a written Ph.D thesis with a focus on some aspects of human rights in East and Southeast Asia. More Info.
  • AIA ACT’s Indonesian language classes start 3 February, and run for 8 weeks. There are five levels (3 beginner levels, intermediate and advanced). Teachers are professional and native Indonesian speaking. Register here – early bird registration closes 29 January.
  • Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia is holding their annual essay competition for Indonesian students, Write to China. This year’s theme is ‘70 Years of Friendship: Celebrating Indonesia-China Bilateral Relations.’ To enter, you must be an Indonesian student between the ages of 18-24, your essay must be original, written in English, and 1000-1500 words in length. Register here.
  • Want to advance your skills and knowledge in sustainable tourism management? Apply to join a Australia Awards short course in Australia this upcoming June. The two-week course is for tourism professionals from 15 provinces: South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi Gorontalo, Maluku, North Maluku, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Papua, West Papua, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan. Applications close on 9 February 2020. More info.
  • Radio Duta Nusantara is looking for volunteers. The Radio has been aired for more than 20 years and are now looking for the next announcer. Based in Sydney, they are aired twice a week for an hour and offer coaching sessions and broadcasting experience. To learn how to be part of them, contact Juliani at +61 412 262 819.
  • Auditsi is currently recruiting a Maitre D’/Restaurant Manager position (based in Bali) for a new client. See the position description. A fun, bubbly personality is required – and native English speakers are encouraged to apply. If you’re interested in the role, please contact Rachel from Auditsi ([email protected]) directly.
  • Attend the VILTA Annual Conference! Held on 6 March 2020, don’t miss out on Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association’s biggest event with speakers and participants from around the state coming to discuss all things Indonesian. This event will be held in Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne. Register 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.


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