Applications for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2020 Competition are open NOW! This year’s theme is health! Check out their website for more information regarding dates & categories!

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In the news

  • Recent months have seen dreadful attacks on the value of knowledge about and from Asia in Australia. Years of Government budget cuts forAsia literacy and aid have eroded the foundations of the aspiration to lead in the region. Elly Kent asks, will Australia’s “place” in Asia seem like history for future generations? (New Mandala)
  • Pandemi COVID-19 di Australia menimbulkan masalah bagi sebagian warganya, namun bantuan bermunculan, termasuk di kalangan komunitas diaspora Indonesia di Australia yang saling membantu. Baca ceritanya disini. (ABC Indonesia)
  • Women in Indonesia’s marginalised communities still struggle for equality in everything from government policies to the household levels. This paper explains the struggles experienced by womens groups when dealing with gender-biased policies, with a focus on the fisheries and aquaculture sector in South Sulawesi. (Australia-Indonesia Centre)
  • As Indonesian authorities look to ease coronavirus restrictions, doctors are warning that children seem particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 in Southeast Asia’s most populous country, when its neighbors have not had any cases of deaths under the age of 18. Why is this the case? (ABC)
  • The pandemic has certainly locked people from going to and from Australia or Indonesia. For some this means being separated from family, others have lost an opportunity to be immersed in a different culture. If this is you, then stay tuned to Kremes, a podcast specifically for the Indo-Australian demographic (Kremes)

On the Blog

  • You may have recently seen SpaceX become the first company to take astronauts into orbit. However did you also know that Indonesia and Australia have always had significant involvement with space, both in recent times and for thousands of years? Read more – in Bahasa and English.


  • AIYA x  UniBRIDGE Online Language Exchange (‘FLEX’) – FLEX, run in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project, is more than just a language exchange. FLEX is the place where young Australians and Indonesians meet to exchange ideas, make friends and learn a language. Join and be a part of this growing online movement between our two nations. Please find the FLEX schedule here. Sign-up at: (for AIYA members only)
  • 30 June – AIBC Queensland are hosting ‘IA-CEPA: Opportunities for Queensland Business’ from 6.30pm. Register here.
  • 1 July- the Indonesian Diaspora Network- Victoria is hosting a webinar on ‘IA-CEPA: peluang dan tantangan.’ Webinar ini untuk menyambut akan berlakunya perjanjian IA-CEPA. Webinar ini akan dilaksanakan pada hari Rabu, 1 Juli ja, 1:55 AEST. Klik disini untuk informasi lebih lanjut.
  • 3-5 August – Now in its eighth iteration, ASEAN Forum 2020 will focus on responses to COVID-19 across ASEAN. This event will be run online over the course of two weeks starting from 3 August. Read more about the event here.
  • 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

  • ACICIS needs your help! With international travel bans in place, ACICIS’ existence is under threat. As a result they have launched a fundraising appeal to raise funds to help preserve ACICIS in both Australia and Indonesia. We understand that these are tough economic times, but with your support, we hope they can make it to the other side of this pandemic. To read more about the appeal and to donate, click here.
  • 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 also 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.


  • It’s time to join the AIYA National team! We are looking for a social media officer, a blog editor, a video producer and a content translator. If this sounds like a position for you, apply here! Application closes 30 June.
  • Applications for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2020 Competition are open NOW! This year’s theme is HEALTH! Check out their website for more information regarding dates & categories! Apply now!
  • Inspired by young changemakers in the YSEALI network? The US Embassy Jakarta  is seeking Emerging Voice Exchanges and Alumni Coordinator to build community for the next generation of leaders! Application closes TODAY! Apply here.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre has established a grant scheme within the Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR) program. The scheme will fund Small and Rapid Research (SRR) Projects with up to AUD 20,000 each. Total funding available is AUD 160,000. SRR Projects must be completed in 2020. Applications close 30 June 2020. Read more.
  • 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 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.
  • ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2020 registration is now open. Register your team of two ASEAN students from the same institution or different institutions before 30 June! Click here for more info. 
  • 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. Submit your application before 1 July 2020. Click 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!
  • The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s (ASPI) Defence, Strategy and National Security Program are seeking to appoint an Indonesia Senior Analyst to lead ASPI’s new Indonesia Program. This is an exceptional opportunity to work in Australia’s leading defence and national security think tank. Applications close 1 July – apply now.
  • With the commencement of the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on our horizon, there are so many opportunities in the bilateral relationship. The Indonesia Australia Business Council is looking for a new Executive Director. More info here. 
  • UNESCO Jakarta Office has an open call for proposals on ‘Coronavirus Response Support for Non-Profit Youth and Sports-based Initiatives’ for USD$3000 funding.’ Indonesian organisations and non-profit youth/sports organizations with demonstrated capacities for using sports for positive good are welcomed to apply. Application closes 25 July. More info here.
  • In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Indonesia Independence, the Indonesian Embassy is organising 3 virtual contests in Bahasa Indonesia. Video collection period ends on the 27th of July. For more info click 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.
  • As 2020 began, the world watched as the COVID-19 pandemic slowly spread its way across the globe. Across the countries of ASEAN, this unprecedented event played out in diverse ways. Join Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’s ASEAN Forum 2020: Responses to COVID-19, to learn more about how ASEAN countries have coped and adapted to this new world. More info here.
  • 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. Send your application before 30 October 2020. More info here.
  • Difabel Kerja is a recently-launched participatory film project related to employment for people living with a disability in Indonesia. The four films in the Disability Learning Series are available copyright-free for streaming and download for any positive use by any business or organization. Check it out.
  • 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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