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In the news

  • World-famous British chef, Gordon Ramsay, has made his way to Indonesia and his culinary journey in West Sumatra will be part of the second season of his show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. What do you think he should explore and eat in Indonesia? Check it out here. (The Jakarta Post) 
  • The implementation of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which took place earlier this month, will be beneficial not only to Australia, but also to Indonesia. How should Indonesia take advantage of the agreement? Find out here. (The Jakarta Post)
  • Sejumlah warga Australia yang telah belajar bahasa dan budaya Indonesia merasakan manfaat dan pentingnya belajar bahasa Indonesia dan berkunjung dan tinggal di Indonesia, menurut artikel Tempo ini. Bagaimana upaya mempromosikan bahasa dan budaya Indonesia di Australia? Baca lebih lanjut. (Tempo) 
  • How can Indonesia keep their economy afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic? Well-crafted emergency financing from Bank Indonesia and international partners such as Australia could be pivotal in getting Indonesia through the crisis. (The Interpreter)
  • Australia memberikan dukungan Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) dalam upaya penanganan COVID-19 dengan menyalurkan bantuan dana melalui Federasi Internasional Perhimpunan Palang Merah dan Bulan Sabit Merah (IFRC) untuk membantu masyarakat Indonesia. (Antara News)

On the Blog

  • (Indonesia) Pantai Oetune merupakan salah satu pantai yang terdapat di Indonesia. Letak persisnya sekitar 70 km arah selatan kota Soe yang berada di wilayah Kabupaten Timor Tengah Selatan, Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur. Pantai ini walaupun sering dikunjungi oleh wisatawan namun masih begitu bersih dan terawat 
  • (English) Oetune Beach is one of the beaches in Indonesia. Its exact location is about 70 km south of the town of Soe which is in the area of ​​South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province. Although this beach is often visited by tourists, it is still clean and well-maintained 


  • Every Sunday (13:00 WIB/4pm AEST) – Online or ‘Flexible’ Language Exchange (FLEX) is run in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project. FLEX is the place where young Australians and Indonesians can meet to exchange ideas, make friends and practise their language skills. Join and be a part of this growing online movement between our two nations. Current AIYA members can register their FLEX account at:, if you are not yet an AIYA member or need to renew your membership you can do so on the website.
  • 18 July – Indonesian Diaspora Network Global akan mengadakan webinar Seri Dialog Diaspora bertema “berkarya dan berdaya di luar negeri: generasi diaspora muda Indonesia.” Saksikan empat pemuda/pemudi diaspora Indonesia yang masih berusia di bawah 30 tahun, yang kesuksesannya saat ini sangat mungkin mengantarkan mereka ke banyak kesuksesan lainnya di masa depan. Dialog ini akan diadakan pukul 20:00 WIB. Saksikan disini.
  • 19 July, Brisbane – Food and fashion has gained traction among the youth of Indonesia and Australia. Join AIYA Queensland for a delicious lunch, a cooking demo and a mini fashion show during their ‘Food Fashion Diplomacy: Introducing Indonesia in Australia’ event on Sunday afternoon. More info here.
  • 23 July – Join the Australia-Indonesia Centre for their In Conversation webinar ‘Geopolitics in a post-COVID world’. Australia and Southeast Asia will have to find a way to balance the relationship between the powers of China and the USA. How can Indonesia and Australia work together to encourage stability in the region? This webinar will take place at 1pm AEST. Join here.
  • 3-5 August – Join Sydney Southeast Asia Centre for their 8th ASEAN Forum. This year’s forum will focus on responses to COVID-19 across ASEAN countries. The event will take place entirely online. View the program here.
  • Suara Indonesia Dance are hosting online Indonesian dance classes via zoom. They’re held on Friday nights between 6:30pm – 7:30pm AEST. All ages and levels welcome. Read more and 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.
  • The Directorate General of Immigration in Indonesia has announced some changes for Foreign Visitors in Indonesia regarding visas, stay permits, emergency stay permits, entering and existing Indonesia in the new normal. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta have highlighted such changes in their social media. Please follow information on the Indonesian immigration website for more info.
  • There have been some changes for returning travellers to Australia. These changes include that the number of incoming passengers will be restricted to ease pressure on quarantine facilities and some states have also begun to charge travellers for hotel quarantine, including NSW and QLD. More info 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!
  • AIYA is working in collaboration with AASYP, ACYA and AJYD to bring the Indo-Pacific Student Mobility Youth Dialogue, a new initiative to bring together students and graduates of Australian universities to discuss the future of international education and mobility. The dialogue will encourage the participants to reflect on and provide practical recommendations for improving overseas study programs. The dialogue is scheduled for 26 August on zoom. Applications are open and will close Sunday 2 August.
  • A Project and Policy Officer position is open in Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet in Multicultural Affairs. The position works in partnership with Victoria’s diverse multicultural communities and brings together all the policy functions and program activity areas to foster an inclusive, engaged and harmonious multicultural community. Applications close 20 July. Apply here.
  • Join the Australia Indonesia Association of Victoria on their weekly Indonesian language classes online via Zoom. The class will commence on 21 July 2020 and capped at eight people per class. Don’t miss your spot! 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 organisations 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, Canberra is organising a virtual Indonesian speech contest. The submission period ends on 27 July. For more info click here.
  • The Centre for Strategic and International Studies are seeking interns for their fall term for a duration of 10-16 weeks. The internship will follow CSIS’ hybrid office policy. The internship is open for 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students or fresh graduates. Application closes 30 July. More info here. 
  • AIYA members are invited to participate in a UWA study which investigates word selection in bahasa Indonesia. The study involves completing an online task filing word gaps in bahasa Indonesia sentences. More info here.
  • Stay tuned! The ReelOzInd! 2020 Competition is 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 organisation. 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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