Amid the chaos of COVID-19, an unlikely agreement has broken through. IA-CEPA will enter into force in July 2020.

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In the news

  • Indonesian fishermen have been praised for rescuing Rohingya travellers as pressure grows on ASEAN states to assist. There are calls for Australia to assist in resolving the Rohingya crisis through the Bali Process. (ABC News)
  • The Trade Ministry in Indonesia is trying to spur exports by small and medium enterprises by connecting them with potential buyers abroad through virtual business matching events. For West Nusa-Tenggara-based brown sugar producers, this means securing a  purchase agreement to sell products in Australia. (Jakarta Post)
  • Some couples are separated by thousands of kilometers between Australia and Indonesia because of the travel restrictions due to COVID-19. But this didn’t stop some couples from tying the knot! Read about zoom marriages taking place between Indonesian-Australian couples. (ABC News)
  • Ketua Majelis Rektor Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Indonesia mendorong Perguruan Tinggi di Indonesia untuk menjalin kerja sama dengan perguruan tinggi yang ada di Australia. Bagaimana ya bentuk kerja sama tersebut? (Republika)
  • Travel destinations such as Bali are being hit particularly hard by the effects of travel bans. As a result, many bali hotels are going on sale at a cheap cost as hotel owners are being hit by maintenance cost with low cash flow. (New Straits Times)

On the Blog

  • (Indonesian) AIYA National berhasil mewawancari Seluz Fahik pria asal Nusa Tenggara Timur yang merupakan alumni dari University of Melbourne, Australia dan saat ini bekerja sebagai Data Support Assistant di Australia Awards in Indonesia (AAI). Melalui media sosialnya, Seluz sangat aktif membagikan informasi mengenai beasiswa ke luar negeri.
  • (English) AIYA National successfully interviewed Seluz Fahik, a man from East Nusa Tenggara who is an alumni from the University of Melbourne, Australia and currently works as a Data Support Assistant at the Australia Awards in Indonesia (AAI). Through his social media, Seluz is very active in sharing information about scholarships abroad. 


  • 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)⠀
  • 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.
  • 9 July – The Australia Indonesia Business Council will host an online discussion celebrating the launch of IA-CEPA. Join Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham, BlueScope CEO, Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director, Monash University Senior Vice-Chancellor, Ionize CEO and AIBC Chair and National president on 9 July from 2:30 AEST. Register 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.


  • 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!
  • Have you got some stories to share about Southeast Asia? Pitch an idea to The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. SSEAC is looking for  a breadth of disciplinary focus including history, law, political science, agriculture, medicine, among others. For more info click here.
  • The ASEAN Foundation  is seeking Terms of Reference Programme Intern. This 8-24 weeks flexible internship will offer you opportunity to work in Resource Mobilisation, Programme Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting and Communication and Organisational Tasks. More info here.
  • 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!
  • Four positions are open at the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP). Positions open for applications are Singapore Hub Project Officer, WordPress Developer, Digital Content Officer, and Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Forced Labour Project officer. This is open to citizens of Australia and ASEAN countries aged between 18-29. Applications close 5 July. Apply here.
  • Center for Indonesian Policy Students is seeking participants for ‘the Emerging Policy Leaders Program.’ Application is open to Indonesian nationals up to 25 years old. Participants need a minimum GPA of 3.20 and minimum 1 year work experience research or internship program. Application due 15 July. More info here.
  • The Asia Foundation is seeking Team Leader for their ‘Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society’ project funded by DFAT. The candidate will be based in Jakarta and would have considerable work experience and networks in Indonesia at national and subnational levels. Application closes 15 July. Apply 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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