Source: Tropenmuseum

Check out a rare historical look at Indonesia and its people during the Dutch Colonial period.

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In the news

  • Indonesia’s food security has become a focal point as the impact of COVID-19 reverberates through the archipelago. Is Indonesia facing a looming food crisis? Marcus Tantau explores. (The Diplomat)
  • COVID-19 has shown how regional and local governments often formulate and implement policies, reflected on its public health and economic response. Take a look at the dynamic of the city Melbourne and West Java in dealing with the issue. (Australia Indonesia Centre)
  • With most Indonesians transfixed by the government’s messy management of COVID-19, one issue has unexpectedly cut through the noise-growing questions over the relevance of Jokowi’s “millennial” inner circle. Is there a politicisation of millennials in Indonesia? (Indonesia at Melbourne)
  • Lawyer Daniel Peterson examines the legacy of Ahok trial for Indonesian democracy and raises fundamental questions over how Indonesia’s secular political elites deal with political Islam in the world’s biggest Islamic country. (Asialink)
  • COVID-19 have had a detrimental impact on low-waged workers across South East and East Asia, many of whom are Indonesians. What are the health impact and financial ramification of lockdowns and public health measures? How are they disproportionately affected? (Media Indonesia)
  • Under Indonesian law, plantation permit holders must plant all of their land within six years or risk having the land seized by the state. Under a bill being deliberated, the rule could be scrapped, risking landbaking where speculators have a huge stock of land they don’t intend to use. (Mongabay)

In the blog

  • Setelah proses diplomasi dan negosiasi yang dilakukan antara Australia dan Indonesia dan sebagai bentuk kelanjutan hubungan bilateral yang baik, kesepakatan Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas atau yang biasa dikenal dengan Free Trade Agreement kedua negara akan secara aktif berlaku mulai 5 Juli 2020. Giovanni Di Lieto, Monash Expert yang merupakan praktisi dan pengajar di Monash University terkait Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas Indonesia – Australia dan Geopolitik Asia Pasifik memberikan komentar terkait hal ini.


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).

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)

Sunday/Minggu – 1:00pm WIB / 2:00pm WITA  / 4:00pm AEST

Wednesday/Rabu – 4:00pm WIB / 5:00pm WITA / 7:00pm AEST

Thursday/Kamis – 4:00pm WIB / 5:00pm WITA / 7:00pm AEST


  • Kopi Digital with AIBC Young Professionals, 26 May – Join this interactive session at 6pm AEST, to share your perspectives on how COVID-19 will impact Australia’s relationship with Indonesia and how we can navigate the uncertainties of a post-pandemic future. Please click here to register by Friday, 22 May 2020 and note places are limited to 100.
  • NAILA X AIYA Live Kahoot, 31 May – Join NAILA and AIYA on a live game of Kahoot. Practice your Indonesian with others across the nations. The session will take place at 5:30 AEST following FLEX. Join via zoom here. Password is 028439.
  • NAILA Social Media challenge – The National Australia Indonesia Language Award (NAILA) has started their first social media challenge. In 15 seconds or less, tell us what your favourite hobbies are. Post it on instagram and tag @aiya_naila and #NAILAChallenge.
  • Suara Indonesia Dance are hosting online dance classes via zoom. They’re held Friday nights, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. All ages and levels welcome. Read more – book via paypal here.
  • Indonesia Project Global Seminar – ANU’s Indonesia Project is bringing you a weekly series of seminars right to your living room. Join in for live discussions or surf through the archives of previous seminars here. 

COVID-19 support

  • AIYA is providing updates on the status of COVID-19 and its impact on upcoming AIYA events as well as the current status of travel restrictions for Australian and Indonesian citizens. To keep updated, read it here – Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • AIYA is aware that some of our members may be going through difficulties due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Government information including support for international students in Australia and Indonesia is on the website.
  • For all foreigners in Indonesia, there is an automatic emergency stay permit extension for all visa types. Foreign nationals who cannot return to their home countries do not need to apply for an extension of their stay permit with the immigraiton office. This is for foreigners arriving in Indonesia after Feb. 5 2020. More info here.


  • CAUSINDY is looking for its next Indonesia-based Alumni Manager and Alumni Officer Vacancies. If you are passionate about Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship, and would like to use that knowledge to liaise with alumnis of CAUSINDY, apply by 20 May and check the volunteer positions out!
  • Conciliation Resources are looking for a full-time Programme Support Assistant for its Southeast Asia and Pacific Team to support their Melbourne branch office. They are looking for an organised individual who has strong administration skills. Application due 1 June. More info here.
  • Mari Beraksi (Mari Bernynayi di Kamar Sendiri) – Greetings from Duta Bahasa Jawa Barat (West Java Language Ambassador)! Do you like to sing? Challenge yourself translating your favourite song from or to bahasa Indonesia, a foreign language, or a local language (within West Java). Translate, sing, upload and tag @dubasjabar and fill this form no later than 19 May 2020. More info here.
  • Applications for the Young Australians in International Affairs’ 2020 July – December Fellowship Program are now OPEN. It is aimed at promoting the voice of the next generation of Australians  foreign policy thinkers in the analysis of international affairs. The Fellowship Program is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 30. Applications will close on Friday, 22 May 2020. Read more here.
  • ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2020 registration is now open. Register your team of two ASEAN students from the same institution or different institutions now. Click here for more info. 
  • Initiated by Airlangga Global Engagement, Airlangga Flatten the Curve Competition (AFCC) 2020 aims to encourage International Students, both in Indonesia and overseas, to contribute to the efforts of containing the spread of Covid-19. International students are expected to contribute with the goal of educating international society using their respective knowledge on the issues. Categories include short video, essay or poster. Submission deadline is 5 June 2020 (11.59 p.m. GMT+7). Read more here.
  • Stay tuned! The ReelOzInd! 2020 Competition is now accepting entries until 1 August. 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.
  • batyr are creating a new university mental health program for international students and they need your voice! Share your ideas and help us to develop the program! Please note: The workshops will be two hours long and you only need to attend one. Program Development Workshop Dates: Thursday 14th of May, Thursday 28th of May, and Thursday 18th of June. See the flyer – express your interest here.
  • 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.
  • Looking to upskill during self-isolation? Some Australian universities are offering a range of free online courses covering areas such as cyber security, climate change, business data analytics, digital marketing, mental health and many more. These are accessed through the website Future learn and Class Central.

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