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In the news

  • For the last month, the world has watched as COVID-19 has taken hold in China and then travelled around the world. So why are there no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Indonesia? Read more. (The Age)
  • Australia grants working holiday visas to 1,000 Indonesians each year. That number will increase to 4,100 under a new free trade agreement. Many Indonesians say their work experiences in Australia have helped them secure good jobs at home. Read more. (ABC)
  • Indonesian cafe worker Rudi Hartono struggled to persuade residents of his small coastal community of Parepare to follow his example and pick up rubbish strewn on the streets and beaches – until he dressed up as Spider-Man. (Asia One)
  • Canberra is hardly described as a model city despite its thorough planning, yet it has become one of the inspirations for Indonesia’s multi-billion-dollar relocation of its own capital city. (ABC)
  • ‘When I moved to Jakarta from Sydney in 2017, I thought I knew what to expect: traffic jams, tropical weather, batik and bowls of nasi goreng. I’d visited Bali and Yogyakarta before, so I presumed that Jakarta would just be a bigger version of those places’. Read Irish-Australian communications expert, Barry Dunning’s list, ‘10 things I wish I’d known about Jakarta (before moving here)’. (The Jakarta Post)


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  • 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, 21- 23 February – Come along to Canberra’s 2020 Multicultural Festival this weekend. The Indonesian Embassy will have a stall, and present a traditional dance on Saturday – read more here.
  • 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!
  • Canberra, 2 March – AIYA ACT are keen to welcome their new members and the beginning of semester with a Welcome BBQ. It will be a great chance to practise your language games and play some Indonesian games. See the FB event.
  • 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.
  • Kupang, 22 February – AIYA East Indo (Kupang) invite you to attend their Language Exchange (LX) this Saturday at Aussie Banget Corner. This week’s theme is ‘Lingkungan’. Come along.
  • 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 it out here.
  • Melbourne, 24 February – “Success tips, work ethics and life skills to succeed in the 21st century” – come along to Supermentor-25 at RMIT, Melbourne. Speakers include,  Dr. Dino Patti Djalal – Founder of FPCI and Supermentor, Ridwan Kamil –  Governor of West Java Province and Cinta Laura – Indonesian Entertainer and Entrepreneur. Seats are limited. Register now.
  • Melbourne, 24 February – Join Monash University’s Art Design and Architecture School for “Smart Cities Indonesia”, a lecture from the leader of Indonesia’s largest province and prominent architect, West Java Governor HE Ridwan Kamil. Register.
  • Perth, 4 March – Come along to ‘Close to home: Discovering female Indonesian writers’, 5:30pm – 7pm. This event, jointly hosted by the Centre for Stories, the Australia Indonesia Centre and the UWA Public Policy Institute, will highlight the work of female Indonesian writers who have challenged dominant narratives. More info.
  • 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.



  • Come join us at AIYA National! We are on the lookout for new National Executives to join our team, including a Director of Communications, Social Media Officer, Web Officer and Memberships Officer. Further information of key responsibilities and position description are on the AIYA Website. Apply by 1 March – Yuk daftar dan gabung AIYA!
  • AIYA WA is expanding our committee and recruiting for general executive committee members! Please check out the details and submit the form here. Any questions please email [email protected]. Applications close on 5 March 2020.
  • Applications for the Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia (VYL Indonesia) 2020 are open until COB Friday 21 February (today!). 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.
  • 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 new Hamer Scholarships Program will open until 29 March 2020. The program has been revamped with a sharpened business focus and offers Victorians working in Victorian businesses the opportunity to undertake 5-6 months of intensive language study in China, Japan, Korea or Indonesia while delivering an in-market business project. Scholarships are worth $10,000 for China and Indonesia and $15,000 for Japan and Korea. Eligibility criteria and the new program guidelines can be found here.
  • Australia Awards CAFE Program is seeking Australian volunteers from a wide-range of backgrounds and 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 the flyer. 
  • 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!
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Do you want to improve your Public Speaking skills? Join Power of Words 2020 Workshops from Wall Street English Indonesia from 3-21 March 2020. There is also competition that you can follow afterwards to win some prizes! Register through this link.
  • ACICIS is hiring! A position has become available with The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) for a Secretariat Officer, based in Perth. Applications close 3 March 2020. Find our more here.
  • 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.  
  • Applications for ACICIS Semester Programs running in Semester 2, 2020 close 15 March/8 April! Study, intern and immerse yourself in Indonesia! Programs are available in Agriculture, Law, Business, Development Studies, International Relations, Indonesian Language Teaching, and Indonesian Language. $7,000-$8,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible university students.
  • Spend winter in Indonesia! Applications for the ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC), running over three weeks in July 2020 at Satya Wacana University in Salatiga, close 1 April! $3,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible university students.
  • 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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