AIYA was honored to meet President Jokowi’s during state visit to Australia over the weekend.

Read our statement on his visit!

In the news

  • It has finally happened! The long awaited Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IA-CEPA) is ratified. The agreement is useful for Australia to expand on its exports, particularly agriculture, to Indonesia. It is also aimed to foster better people-to-people relationships between the two countries. Are you excited about this? (The Canberra Times)
  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo was recently in Australia for a landmark visit to discuss trade, security and tourism. Why are visas one of the longstanding issues between the nations? (SBS News)
  • Torrential rain hit Jakarta, on New Year’s day, bringing waves of flood across the city, causing 100,000 people to be displaced and killing 60. Flooding is not a stranger to Jakarta residents, but this was no ordinary rain, and it was no ordinary flooding. Listen to Talking Indonesia on this year’s flood. (Talking Indonesia)
  • Monash University has been granted approval by the Indonesian Government to establish the first foreign university campus in Indonesia. (Monash University)
  • From politicians, diplomats to volunteers, from civil society to private sector, many people have worked tirelessly to help build the relationship between Australia and Indonesia. The 70 stories highlights key contributions made by a range of individuals over many years, from before Indonesian independence to now! (70 Years)
  • Activists are collaborating with Balinese rockers to prevent the island from sinking. Both groups are part of a campaign to ‘tolak reklamasi’ or ‘decline reclamation,’ resisting a multimillion-dollar project that is likely to ruin Bali’s beautiful environment. (Al Jazeera)


In the blog



  • Brisbane, 29 February – the Indonesian Diaspora QLD and Rotary Club are hosting a dinner event to raise funds to support communities in the areas affected by bushfire and drought. See more info.
  • Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, 16-19 March – Lowy Institute presents ‘Indonesia; A tough road ahead.’ Join Wijayanto Samirin, economic adviser to the governor of Jakarta, and Ben Bland, Director of the Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Program, to discuss the outlook for the economy, the state of democracy and Indonesia’s place in the world. Click here for more details.
  • Canberra, 28 February – AIA social dinner will be taking place in Kita Cafe! With a menu that includes nasi goreng, gado-gado, to dadar guling among other, the aim of this meal is to have AIA members and supporters get together for a social occasion over Indonesian food. Book Now, only 25 spots available!
  • Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Mataram, Bandung and Yogyakarta, 15 – 16 February – The annual Australia Indonesia Cinema Festival (FSAI) will be visiting 5 Indonesian cities, bringing an array of both Indonesian and Australian films. Click here for more info and klik disini untuk beli tiketnya! Sampai Jumpa di FSAI!
  • Melbourne, 15 February – Nusa Tenggara Assoc (NTA) are hosting an afternoon tea and movie fundraiser, showcasing the film, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’ from 3:30pm in Balwyn. More info here.
  • 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, 22 February – Come to Indonesia Australia Women’s Association and Indonesian Consulate’s Jajan Pasar Day at Wisma Indonesia. From 11:30am until 17:30 pm, enjoy the nostalgia of Indonesia cuisine, and music with local singer performances and a Batik Fashion Show. See you at 25 Kent Road, Rose Bay!
  • 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.
  • Ubud, 17-19 April- One of the most anticipated culinary event in Indonesia, Ubud food festival is coming back this April! The festival will celebrate the unsung heroes of Indonesia’s culinary cultures, who work tirelessly to put the best food on the plate. Tickets are now on sale.



  • 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.  Read more – applications close 14 February 2020.
  • Australia Awards CAFE Program is seeking Australian volunteers from a wide-range of background for the program. The program connects Indonesians studying in Australia with like-minded Australians. The objective is to encourage enduring connections and friendships through social activities and exposing participants to each other’s culture. See flyer for more info.
  • Join Taronga Zoo Sumatra Eco-Tour! This adventure will see you visit Sumatra’s last remaining tropical forest and be on-the-ground with the amazing people who put their life on the line for wildlife every day. Ready for your next Indonesian adventure? See the flyerclick here for more info!
  • International Internships is seeking a new Marketing Manager (Based in Melbourne). In this role, you will work closely with the CEO and other staff in their Australian office in Melbourne as well as with their teams in Indonesia and Malaysia. Applications close 17 February 2020. More info.
  • The Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia (VYL Indonesia) 2020 applications are open until COB Friday 21 February. VYL Indonesia offers a five-week language and cultural overseas immersion program for 40 Victorian Year 9 students and accompanying teachers in 2020. The program aims to develop a deeper understanding of Indonesia, its people and its culture whilst building participants’ Indonesian language, intercultural capability and global citizenship and leadership skills. Check out reflections from students who participated last year! Click here for more info and to apply.
  • Registration is open for DREaM UGM – International Students Summer Program 2020. The two week program is worth two credits by combining academic learning with cultural activities in Yogyakarta and the surrounding regions. This year’s DREaM theme is Technology and Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development. More Info. 
  • Asialink, University of Melbourne, is seeking a Programs Coordinator (based in Melbourne), to provide support for Asialink Business’s capability development group which is responsible for developing, managing and delivering executive education and training solutions. Applications close 23 February 2020. More info here.
  • Applications for the Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Program, academic year 2020-2021, are currently open for registration. Organised by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Darmasiswa is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students for countries which have diplomatic relations with Indonesia to study Indonesian. Applications are open until 2 March 2020. Read more.
  • The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) is seeking native speakers of Indonesians to become role-players in interpreter certification tests. The next screening session is scheduled for Canberra on the 7th of March 2020. Click here for the Expression of Interest application. 
  • 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.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.


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