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In the news

  • Indonesia’s usually big and joyous celebrations of Independence Day were cancelled this year. The Jakarta administration allowed citizens to celebrate as long as there were no crowds, so Greater Jakarta residents found creative ways to celebrate Independence Day despite Covid-19. (The Jakarta Post)
  • Indigenous People fought alongside youth movements in the creation of an Indonesian nation. However, 75 years on, Indigenous people’s role in history and voice in modern fora are still being ignored. Covid-19 has proved that they’re still a force to be reckoned with. (The Conversation)
  • Indonesia is one of the largest exporters of shark fins in the world, fuelling a multi-billion-dollar industry that is responsible for killing up to 100 million sharks each year. Read how Madison, an Australian activist, visited a small Indonesian island to learn about this industry, and found herself forming an unlikely partnership with the local village. (ABC)
  • Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Maurice Payne, announces the Governor-General of Australia as the new patron of the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program and the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program; reflecting the close relationship between Australia and Indonesia. (Facebook)
  • Australia Selatan berencana untuk menjemput mahasiswa internasional. Negara bagian itu akan menjadi negara bagian yang pertama di Australia yang menjemput mahasiswa internasional kembali ke universitas. Mahasiswa Indonesia berharap mereka akan masuk daftar tersebut. (ABC Indonesia)
  • Government and community step in to save key national Indonesian studies programs. ACICIS secured a much-needed financial lifeline earlier this month with the Australian Government’s decision to adapt its New Colombo Plan initiative to global COVID-19 conditions and ongoing international travel restrictions. (ACICIS)

On the Blog

  • Masih dalam suasana perayaan Hari Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia, rasanya kurang afdol jika kita merayakannya tanpa tradisi lomba 17 Agustusan yang melibatkan partisipasi rakyat Indonesia.Dari tahun ke tahun, berbagai inovasi lomba terus diciptakan. Namun ada beberapa lomba yang begitu lekat dengan perayaan kemerdekaan Indonesia misalnya balap karung, makan kerupuk, panjat pinang, tarik tambang dan balap bakiak. Kita semua tentu pernah mengikuti satu dari beberapa jenis lomba diatas, namun apakah kita benar-benar mengetahui sejarah dan makna dari setiap perlombaan tersebut? Nah, berikut kami siapkan informasinya untuk anda.
  • One of the most awaited events in the celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day is the games and competitions. The games played may be different in each region, and many new games are created every year. However, there are several traditional games that are associated with Indonesia’s Independence Day celebration, such as balap karung (gunny sack race), cracker eating competition, panjat pinang (climbing an oily pole), tug of war, and bakiak race. Most of us have participated in one or more of these games as kids. However, do you really know why these games are associated with Indonesia’s Independence Day? In this article, we will tell you why.


  • 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.
  • 22 August – Do you miss dressing up and meeting people? Feel like socialising 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 4pm WIB. Zoom info here.
  • 1 September – Beyond Batik: Mastering Indonesian business culture. Many say that doing business in Indonesia is too hard, yet there are Australian companies quietly making a success of a dynamic and growing market. Bisnis Asia will share how your business can make effective adjustments and use resources to give you an edge in Indonesia. Register here.
  • 5 September – Are you interested in joining AIYA Jakarta? Join the team at AIYA Jakarta’s AGM! The event will take place online on Zoom, so whether you are in Jakarta on the day or not, you can join!
  • 7 September – AIYA NSW is holding this year’s AGM virtually. It will provide a chance for all AIYA members to catch-up on what’s been happening at the Chapter and you can apply for vacant committee positions. RSVP here.
  • 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.
  • 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 as well as on the Smart Traveller website. Please follow information on the Indonesian immigration website for further updates.
  • 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! Entries close 14 September. Apply now!
  • Join AIYA’s Photo Competition with the theme: “What does freedom mean to you?” and win one of two shopping gift cards (from Coles Group & Myer for those based in Australia and Tokopedia for those based in Indonesia). You can post as many pictures as you like until 31 August 2020. More details 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. Applications close 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
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking a Regional Program Manager and two Regional Program Officers for their Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta. Applications close 26 August.
  • 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.
  • Join ASEAN-ACT in Indonesia and be responsible for coordination of the program activities at the ASEAN regional level. Applications close on Sunday, 5pm Bangkok time, 31 August 2020. Apply now!
  • Scope Global is seeking expressions of interest for suitably qualified Team Leaders and Contract/Program Managers to join their 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.
  • Join AASYP Reset – a virtual innovation challenge inviting recent graduates, current university students and young professionals of all disciplines across ASEAN and Australia to collaborate on projects that foster stronger people to people connections between youth in our region. Register before 13 September 2020.
  • 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.
  • Asia Pacific Week applications are now open! The 2020 conference, themed ‘When Oceans Rise,’ will discuss emerging voices and hidden perspectives within the region. If you are a current university student, or have graduated within the past 2 years, you can apply to join a virtual webinar to hear from peak experts and engage in thought-provoking panels, debates, simulations and workshops. Applications close 18 September. More info 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.
  • 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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