ACICIS existence is under significant threat due to the effect of COVID-19. The programme, celebrating its 25th year this year, has supported many Australians’ experience and study in Indonesia. They are fundraising for their survival.

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In the news

  • AIC’s fourth In Conversation Webinar discussed common leadership approaches, the human stories of this crisis and the value of international dialogue. Check out the summary of the webinar here. (the Australia-Indonesia Centre)
  • AIYA’s Operation Officer, Emily Heng, discusses how she envision strengthening ASEAN-Australian relations through grassroots projects with ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership. Go Emily! (AASYP)
  • Over a million Australians visit Indonesia each year, but misconceptions about one of their closest neighbors abound. This episode of ABC RN explores Indonesia, its faith, culture and politics. (ABC RN)
  • South Sulawesi bolsters a large population of 8.8 million people, by far the largest in eastern Indonesia. This emboldens the strategic importance of South Sulawesi’s economy to Indonesia. Read more about it here. (PAIR)
  • Monash Indonesian Seminar Series have converted their past seminars into a podcast! Checkout their comprehensive and diverse range of materials here. (Monash)
  • Search for Birds of Paradise in Indonesia and you’ll find so much more! Follow one writers’ inspiration for future travels by turning to the long-ago adventures of her grandmother. Take a look at the beautiful pictures too! (Bloomberg)

On the Blog

  • Over the weekend, AIYA Queensland hosted its very first virtual Malam Karier and NgabuburitRamadhan. The event aimed to inspire young Australians and Indonesians exploring employment opportunities in both countries by providing insight into the life of an expat. Read more here.


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). Please use your AIYA membership code to access FLEX. The code should have been emailed to you

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). Silahkan pakai kode membership AIYA untuk mengakses FLEX. Kode ini telah di email kepada anda.

  • AIYA JaBar Zoom Webinar, 6 June – Don’t miss AIYA Jawa Barat’s Zoom webinar, from 3 – 5pm entitled ‘A Discussion on Shaping Australia-Indonesia Relationship in Grassroot Level and What Could Millenials do to Foster it? A Cultural and Initiatives Prospect.’ Follow their IG for updates.
  • AIBC NSW Webinar – 9 June – Don’t miss AIBC NSW’s webinar entitled ‘Opportunities and challenges arising from COVID-19 for Australian and Indonesian businesses’. Register here.
  • 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 on COVID-19 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.


  • Develop your career path through our professional mentoring program with CAUSINDY X AIYA mentorship program (PATHWAYS)! The program will see CAUSINDY alumni mentor students and early career professionals and empower them to navigate the beginning of their careers. Program mentees will be selected from current paid AIYA members only. Apply here.
  • With the entry into force of the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement coming up, there are so many opportunities in the bilateral relationship. The Indonesia Australia Business Council is looking for a new Executive Director. More info here. 
  • The Rinjani Indah School in Lombok are seeking a native English speaking primary/elementary Teacher to join their team in 2020. Read more about the position and information on how to apply.
  • 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. 
  • Scholarships are available from the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute and ASEAN Foundation Joint Post-graduate Scholarship Programme in Science and Technology.  The scholarships are available for ASEAN nationals (except Thai) who are interested in pursuing masters at Chulabhorn Graduate Institute. More info here.
  • ASEAN scholarship to pursue higher studies at Nalanda University for the 2020-2022 batch is now open! The programme is open for students from ASEAN Member states to participate in a 2-year Master’s Programme in fourfields of study. Click here for more info. 
  • The Indo-Pacific Future Leaders Programme is a foundational leadership programme designed to provide the next generation of policy thinkers living in Perth the skills, knowledge and network to enhance peace, prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific. It is open to Australia, ASEAN or US citizens, aged 18-29 currently living in Perth. Applications close 30 June. Read here for more info. 
  • Do you have an innovative idea that could help solve a city challenge? The City of Melbourne (in cooperation with the City of Bandung) are looking for bright ideas to take part in this year’s Open Innovation Competition. The theme for this year’s Open Innovation Competition is ‘waste and the circular economy’, and will run until the 3 July 2020. 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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