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In the news

  • In the history of science during the Dutch colonial era, the role of native Indonesians is often ignored due to the strong colonial narratives in history writing. Irwan Santoso Suryo Basuki explains why the role of native Indonesians in developing science is often overlooked during colonialism. (The Conversation)
  • Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra spewed a giant ash cloud 5 km into the sky on Monday in its second eruption in three days and turning the sky dark. This comes after more than a year of inactivity and authorities warned residents and tourists about possible lava flows. (Reuters)
  • China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched on Tuesday a late-stage human trial involving thousands of patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma. (The Jakarta Post)
  • Could Australia become a solar superpower? The island continent, distant from Asia’s megacities, plans to capture the plentiful Outback sun, store it in giant batteries and transmit it to Singapore along cable traversing 2,800 miles of sea floor under the Australia-ASEAN Power Link! (Washington Post)
  • Shafira adalah lulusan Master of Strategic Communication, penerima beasiswa LPDP, dan telah berhasil terpilih menjadi Valedictorian Speaker di University of Western Australia. Yuk baca ceritanya Shafira dan pengalamanya. (Indonesia Mengglobal)

On the Blog

  • Our Operations Coordinator (Australia), Emily Heng, interviewed Acum, an AIYA member, about his involvement in FLEX and his opinions on how language exchange plays a part in strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
  • Dari gua-gua hingga candi bersejarah, Yogyakarta menawarkan banyak pemandangan menakjubkan dan kesempatan yang luar biasa untuk menyelami budaya setempat. Bagi banyak orang Australia, “traveling” di Indonesia berarti pergi ke Bali. Tetapi, bagi yang ingin mencari suasana berbeda, “ibu kota kebudayaan” Indonesia ini menawarkan alternatif yang menarik. Artikel berikut akan memberikan gambaran tentang objek wisata terbaik di Yogyakarta dan sekitarnya; dari candi-candi yang sangat menarik untuk dijelajahi hingga objek wisata alam yang sangat beragam.
  • From gaping caverns to historic temples, Yogyakarta offers tourists a diverse range of sights, and fantastic opportunities for cultural immersion. For many Australians, travel to Indonesia is centred around Bali, but for those who follow a different path, Indonesia’s ‘cultural capital’ is a fantastic alternative. The following guide will outline the key attractions of Yogyakarta, and its surrounding region; both the majestic temples to explore, and the incredibly diverse array of natural sites and landscapes.


  • 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.
  • 17 August – KJRI Perth mengundang masyarakat yang berada di Perth untuk mengikuti upacara pengibaran Bendera dalam rangka memperingati HUT ke-75 Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia, pada pukul 8 pagi AWST. Info lebih lanjut disini. 
  • 17 August – Join this webinar to discover how you can take your next step in language studies at the University of Sydney. If you are in your last years of highschool, now is your chance to understand the clear path from highschool to tertiary level language studies. More info here. 
  • 18 August – Join AIYA NT and AIYA Yogyakarta for an AIYA member exclusive Quiz Night! We might not be able to travel, but how great is it that we can still connect with each other online? Challenge your knowledge on all things Australian and Indonesian, or learn some new things about our two neighbouring countries. Spots are limited so register quick!
  • 19 August – Join the Australia Indonesia Centre for their In-Conversation webinar ‘Reimagining the supply chain in a post COVID-19 era’. Supply chains are being tested around the globe, as coronavirus creates new challenges around people and logistics. What does the future look like for Australia and Indonesia as we adjust now to the challenges of a pandemic, what solutions is business looking for and how can the workforce adapt? Register here.
  • 22 August – Do you miss dressing up and meeting people? Feel like socializing from the comfort of your own home? AIYA Jakarta has the answer for you! Make sure you tune in to their Nongkrong and Networking event, starting 4 pm WIB. Zoom info here.
  • 3 September – Are you interested in joining AIYA NSW? Join AIYA NSW AGM 2020! The event will take place online on Zoom, so whether you are in NSW, or you intend to be in NSW once the borders open, you can join!
  • 7-10 September – As COVID-19 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 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.


  • Join us at AIYA! We are looking for new National Officers to join our Operations Team. We are looking for a Digital Education Officer, a Digital Events Officer and an Operations Coordinator (Digital). Applications close 16 August. Click here for more info.
  • 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! Entries close 14 September. Apply now!
  • ASEAN Foundation is seeking one female and one male MC for the 6th ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting (AFMAM). The MCs will play an important role to provide relevant information to participants and ensure that the event runs without glitches. Applications close 16 August. More info 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 applications close 17 August. Apply here.
  • Asia Options is looking for an excellent team player to join our volunteer team and help continue the growth of a country section of the website. The Indonesia Correspondent will work with the AO team to contribute articles and language program reviews and help maintain the country section of the website, ensuring it delivers the best advice to readers. Application closes 23 August. Apply here. 
  • The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is seeking an administration officer for their Canberra office. Applications close 23 August. More info here.
  • Passionate about ASEAN ideals and interested in making a difference to regional integration agenda? Join the ASEAN Secretariat team as the Assistant Director of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration & Narrowing Development Gap Division. Applications close 27 August. Check the requirements and apply now.
  • Scope Global is seeking expressions of interest for suitably qualified Team Leaders and Contract/Program Managers to join our growing International Scholarships and Mobility portfolio of programs. Applications close 31 August. Apply here.  
  • Applications are now open for 2021 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships. Focused on developing leadership potential, the program supports ambitious individuals to expand their thinking and build confidence to find innovative ways to help create a better Australia. If you’re an Australian, commencing a PhD or Masters by Coursework in 2021 apply before 2 September 2020. Or nominate someone who should. See more details here.
  • The Australian Embassy is pleased to announce a call for project proposals under the Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS). The AGS offers seed funding, on a competitive basis, for initiatives that create impact in your professional field, organisation and community. Applications close 14 September. Read more 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. Applications close 25 September. More info here.
  • ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute invites outstanding Southeast Asian postdoctoral or eligible PhD candidates undertaking research on ASEAN and Southeast Asia to apply for the ASEAN Graduate Fellowship at ASEAN Studies Centre. Applications close 30 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.
  • 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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