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In the news     

  • With the impacts of climate change looming, it has never been more vital time to prioritise clean and green principles in areas of physical infrastructure across the Indo-Pacific. Rebekah Baynard-Smith envisions a green post-covid future in the region. (YAIA)
  • According to Lowy Institute Poll 2020, Australians continue to demonstrate a lack of knowledge about, and trust in Indonesia. In fact, trust in Indonesia to act responsibility in the world has fallen to its lowest point! See more of the statistics here. (Lowy Institute)
  • What is it like to be getting married to an Acehnese? AIYA Victoria’s former member, Edward Stephens, has written about his own personal experience, including the meeting with the family. Asik deh bacanya! (
  • As Indonesian Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha festival, farms are seeing a boom in online sales that limit the need for people to visit farms during the pandemic to buy goats, sheep and cows traditionally sacrificed at this time. (The Jakarta Post)
  • ACICIS Study Indonesia is pleased to present their 2019 Annual Report. The report outlines recent historical trends in Australian outbound student mobility to Indonesia and contextualises the contribution made by ACICIS within this broader national picture. The report also provides details regarding the student cohort in 2019. You can download the report here. Read also the farewell reflections from Deputy Resident Director, Janelle May, here.(ACICIS)

On the Blog

  • (Bahasa Indonesia) Berkunjunglah ke toko sepeda apa saja di Jakarta dan Anda akan tahu bahwa sepeda telah habis atau pelayan toko tidak dapat membantu Anda karena sibuk – baik karena menjawab pesanan atau mereka terlalu sibuk mereparasi sepeda. Hal ini terjadi karena orang Indonesia meninggalkan mall dan menjadikan kegiatan bersepeda sebagai hiburan baru.
  • (English) Look into any bicycle shop in Jakarta and you will find that bikes are either sold out, or the store representative is too busy to answer you – either because they have a lot on their plates answering orders or they are too busy repairing bikes. If you’re wondering why this is, this is because Indonesian’s are abandoning malls and taking up cycling as their new pastime. 


  • 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..
  • 1 August – Save the date! AIYA Victoria will be live-streaming their Indomie cooking event on Facebook! The event will take place at 7pm AEST/4pm WIB. Check it out here.
  • 2 August – Join NAILA X AIYA on their second virtual Kahoot game! This time, the theme will be health. So brush up on your health knowledge that you got during the pandemic (in both Indonesian and English) and flex it on the Kahoot game. Sunday 2 August, 2:30 WIB/5:30 AEST, Zoom Meeting ID: 883 8892 7385 Passcode: 149826
  • 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.
  • 4 August- Global Vitoria, in partnership with Asialink Business and Australia-Indonesia Business council, invite you to join their webinar to discuss IA-CEPA and what it means for Victorian Businesses. The event will take place at 2pm AEST. Register here.
  • 5 August- Having real-time information has helped countries trace, track and develop responses to limit the spread of COVID-19. This AIC Webinar will look at some learnings from the pandemic regarding the role of data. Join in at 1pm AEST. Register here.
  • 6 August- Join AIYA WA Ngobrol Santai “Daily Life during the pandemic in Australia and Indonesia” on Zoom! The event will take place online, at 6pm WA time/ 8PM AEST/ 5pm WIB. Register here.
  • 7-10 September – As COVID-10 has wreaked havoc everywhere and shows no signs of entirely abating, how will this affect Indonesia? Join ANU Indonesia Project’s Webinar conferences on ‘Economic dimensions of COVID-19 in Indonesia: responding to the crisis.’ Register here.
  • 12 August- How do we maintain meaningful connections with our shared region despite visible and invisible barriers dictated by events of 2020? In Celebration of the UN International Youth Day, Asia Society warmly invites you to join for ‘Generation Asia Youth Forum| Keeping Connected in a COVID world at 3pm AEST. Register here.
  • 13 August- the AIBC WA is pleased to present their very first-ever sports diplomacy webinar “Building Business through Sport.” Majority of Australians are unaware that Indonesians have an immense passion for sport and that there is a close link between government and the private sector and sports. Join in at 11:30 am in Perth. Register here.
  • 12 September- Festival Indonesia will conduct a virtual festival! Enjoy everything you love about Indonesia at your convenient space. The event will include cultural showcases, music performances, virtual culinary stalls, giveaways and many more. More info here.
  • AIYA Victoria has uploaded its second episode of Martabak Vegemite! In this episode, Diandra Priambodo challenges Reza Sulaeman to cook a unique recipe of Indomie. The catch? The recipe is completely in Indonesian and Reza’s Indo is kurang bagus. Will he succeed? Check it out 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.
  • Kremes Podcast provides lovers of Australia and Indonesia with a chance to listen to a range of Aus-Indo topics from casual chats about our shared cross-cultural experiences to more informative discussions like tips on living/studying/working in Australia. Listen 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

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Australian Volunteers International is seeking Compliance Coordinator to assist AVI with accreditation and coordination of organisational policies and procedures. Application closes 7 August. Apply here.
  • AIYA is working in collaboration with AASYP, ACYA and AJYD to present 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.
  • Do you or someone you know deserve recognition for achievement as an Asian-Australian leader? The Asian-Australian Leadership Summit is looking for exceptional young people making a difference in their communities, demonstrating excellence in leadership and a commitment to Australia’s engagement with Asia. Application closes 14 August. Apply here.
  • The Victorian Government graduate program is now open. They are on the lookout for people with a range of skills backgrounds and lived experiences. Their graduate program has streams tailored to what you have studied at university. Online application closes 17 August. Apply here.
  • The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) is pleased to announce the 1st ASEAN Energy Youth Award in recognition of young educators’ valuable contribution to nation-building, sustainable development and energy transition. The award is open to ASEAN young educators and enrolled students. Application closes 25 September. 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 organisation. Check it out.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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