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In the news

  • Indonesia plans to limit people’s movement to combat COVID-19, including the nearly 30 million people in Indonesia’s capital and surrounding area. President Joko Widodo told Cabinet on Monday that more decisive action needed to be taken to “break the chain of distribution.” (Bloomberg)
  • The post-COVID-19 world may be a more confusing one, particularly in Australia. This is true also in terms of international relations and diplomacy. Allan Gyngell, former Director of ONA, discusses the economic and political impact of the disease(East Asia Forum)
  • For many in Jakarta, recent closures to school and work, provided them an  opportunity to return to their hometowns.This is problematic as people carry the disease, spreading it from hard-hit Jakarta to elsewhere in Java. The Jakarta government has suspended inter-regional buses as ‘mudik’ persists. (Jakarta Post)
  • For many health workers, they are forced to make a difficult decision: to reuse old hazmat suits, or use raincoats. Recent weeks have highlighted the downfall of Indonesia’s healthcare sector, with widespread shortages of medical supplies, leading to rising numbers of health workers being infected by the disease. (South China Morning Post)
  • Plastic waste is a significant environmental issue in Indonesia, who is second to China, as the largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution. Some local NGOs are coming up with a solution, not only to reduce plastic waste, but to reuse it! (Inside Indonesia)


In the blog

  • Researchers at Monash Business School have created a Global Internet Pressure map that measures the strain COVID-19 is putting on internet infrastructure. Pressure on internet infrastructure is being felt in Malaysia, Italy, Iran, Spain and Sweden. Read more here. (English)




AIYA x UniBRIDGE Online Language Exchange (‘FLEX’)

AIYA is proud to present a new online version of our classic Language Exchange program for its members – Flexible Language Exchange or FLEX. This program will be run in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project, and it will start this Sunday (timetable below).

Registration: For AIYA members, simply create an account on UniBRIDGE – a registration guide is available. Your registration will usually be processed in 1- 2 business days, once completed you will be notified that you can now participate in our FLEX program. If you’re not an AIYA member yet, simply sign-up via our website.

Sunday/Minggu 1:00pm WIB / 4pm AEST
Wednesday/Rabu 4:00pm WIB / 7:00pm AEST
Thursday/Kamis 7:00pm WIB / 10:00pm AEST

AIYA dengan bangga mempersembahkan versi online dari program Language Exchange untuk member kami, ‘Flexible Language Exchange’ atau ‘FLEX.’ Program ini akan dijalankan dengan mitra dan kawan kami, UniBRIDGE Project, dan akan dimulai hari Minggu ini (jadwal dibawah)

Registrasi: Untuk member AIYA, anda hanya perlu membuat akun di UniBRIDGEpetunjuk registrasi tersedia. Proses registrasi biasanya memakan waktu 1-2 hari. Sesudah proses ini selesai, anda akan mendapat notifikasi untuk bisa berpartisipasi di program FLEX kami. Jika anda belum menjadi member AIYA, anda bisa sign-up di website kami.

  • 4 April – AIA ACT Dinner via Zoom! AIA ACT will host their annual dinner via zoom, with the idea being that participants either cook an Indonesian meal or support your local Indonesian restaurant and order an Indonesian meal from them and showcase it to fellow participants. It will take place at 7pm AEST. Register here.
  • 7 April – Join Australia-Indonesia Centre in its first Conversation Webinar on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Indonesia and Australia-Indonesia trade. Register here.
  • AIYA National have written a letter to AIYA members and supporters on the status of Covid-19 and its impact for AIYA events and the current status of travel restrictions for Australian and Indonesian citizens. Read it here – Bahasa Indonesia and English.



COVID-19 support

  • AIYA is aware that some of our members may be going through difficulties due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Please find a list of support packages that you may be eligible for.




  • Stay tuned!The ReelOzInd! 2020 Competition will kick off on the 16 April (until 1 August) in FilmFreeway. The competition theme this year is energi/energy. Understandably, many filmmakers may be limited in some ways, but hopefully isolation can provide the perfect opportunity for your creativity to flourish! Find the Call for Submissions Trailer on YouTube 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. Deadline has been extended until 30 June 2020.
  • 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.


Like what we do? Want to join or support your local chapter to contribute to our exciting activities? Sign up as an AIYA member today!