This week, on 8 March, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. And yet, one of the big hurdles for gender equality is the gap in workforce participation between men and women. The Conversation ask why Indonesia’s wealth isn’t translating into jobs for women.

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  • Welcome back to Member Spotlight where we introduce you to the personalities behind AIYA. This week, we introduce you to Vice President of AIYA Jakarta Chapter, Dhini Hardiyanti!



  • Brisbane, 14 March – AIYA Queensland invite you to attend “Aceh: Beyond the Tsunami” movie screening with a QnA session with the director and producer. All proceeds from the ticket will be directed towards a Doctors without Borders. There are discounted tickets for AIYA members! See the FB eventRSVP here.
  • 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. AIYA has also received some complimentary tickets for this event, so contact [email protected] to receive a free ticket and reserve your place.
  • Canberra, 17 March – Come join AIYA-ACT for its first language exchange! Come to practice your Indonesian, finish your homework, and play games at the same time. Language exchange will be held every Tuesday from 4-6 in Kambri. Keep your eyes peeled on our FB page.
  • Canberra, 27 March – Don’t miss the NTA ‘Fun-d’ Raising DInner, from 6.30pm at the Woden Southern Cross Club. NTA help to raise funds to tackle poverty and malnutrition in the poor farming communities of eastern Indonesia. Book a ticket or table here.
  • Canberra, 4 April – Our friends in PPIA- ACT will be hosting ACT Cup 2020, a multi-sport competition that is open for all and held to promote mental and physical health of individuals across Indonesian community in Canberra. More info here.
  • Jakarta, 17 March – Come to AIYA Jakarta’s first language exchange! You will get the chance to learn Australian and Indonesian slang, as well as playing traditional games and doing dances in GoFood Festival Senayan, from 6:30-8:30
  • Jakarta, 3 April – Join AIYA x Ministry of Youth and Sports (KEMENPORA) presents: Australian Working Holiday Visa Information Session, from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Come and learn about opportunities that are available. More info here.
  • Kupang, 14 March – UniMelb information session from 10.00 at the Aston Kupang Hotel. High achieving students are invited to meet University of Melbourne staff at an information session, and you can discover the unique opportunities an education at Melbourne can provide. Register 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 it out here.
  • Melbourne, 12 March – Join UniMelb in a free public lecture on Gamelan: Philosophy and Expression in Javanese Music, in collaboration with members of Melbourne Community Gamelan. More info here. 
  • Melbourne, 17 March – 11th Space and Superstar Education are running an internship fair for students and fresh graduates. There are two streams to choose from: Creative and Business. Click here to register and for more info. 
  • Melbourne, 19-20 March- Collective-Kolektive hosts Indonesian collectives, and are holding a 2-day discussion and performances to ask how and why artists work together, and what are the conditions required for collectives to thrive. More info here. 
  • Sydney, 14 March – Eliza Vitri Handayani—Indonesian writer, translator, and founder of the Indonesian arts initiative InterSastra—is visiting Sydney and will be speaking alongside the award-winning Australian author Julie Koh about what’s going on behind the scenes of Unrepressed — InterSastra’s  latest literature-in-translation series. Register here.
  • 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.
  • Sydney, 22 March – Don’t miss the book launch of ‘The Colour of Things Unseen’ by author Annee Lawrence, from 3.30pm. The central character in the novel is a young Javanese man, Adi, who has a scholarship to travel to Australia to study art. The novel explores cross-cultural relationships between people. RSVP here.
  • 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.



  • Applications are open for a Program Internship at the Indonesian Consulate (KJRI) in Sydney. Untuk pendaftaran, silakan klik tautan berikut. Read more.
  • The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership is currently recruiting for a number of positions. Applications closing 15 March 2020. Read more about the available positions here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2020 Research Grants – call for proposals. The 2020 ANU Indonesia Project and The SMERU Research Institute Research Grants program is now open. The research grants will provide funding between AU$5000 to AU$15,000 for research projects of up to 12 months. Application deadline: 31 March 2020. Detailed information and application form download.
  • 2020 Research Travel Grants – call for applications. ANU Indonesia Project is offering the tenth round of travel grants in 2020 to individual students undertaking or planning to undertake research for which they would benefit from traveling to Indonesia. Up to $5000 for each recipient will be awarded. The deadline of application is 31 March 2020. Further information and application form download.
  • 2020 Visiting Fellow Program – call for proposals. Are you an Indonesian academic? Would you like to visit The Australian National University to undertake scholarly work? Deadline to submit an application: 31 March 2020. Program guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Applications for internships at the Australian Embassy Indonesia are now open.  We welcome applications from Australian and Indonesian postgraduate students to undertake an internship for a period of 8 weeks from 29 June to 21 August 2020. Applications close on Sunday 5 April 2020. Apply here.
  • Are you, or do you know a PhD student at the University of Sydney whose research engages with Southeast Asia? They are now accepting applications for $2,500 PhD Fieldwork Grants! Applications open until 24 April! Read more here.
  • Do you want to be a leader in your field and join an inspiring network of changemakers? Apply today for the Australia Awards Postgraduate Scholarships (open to Indonesian nationals) and gain a world-class education and become a leader for development. Applications close on 30 April 2020.
  • Application for Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference is now open. The conference is an opportunity for postgraduates and early career researchers working on Southeast Asia-related topics to present their research in preparation for upcoming conferences. Application closes 10 May. More info 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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