Indonesia is seeking to work with the US State of Indiana by importing more soybeans and in turn expanding the market for tempe! Could we see tempe being exported to Australia too?

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In the news

  • AIYA QLD Chapter President and NAILA Engagement Coordinator, Levina Risdya, talks about the new & unique challenges that 2020 has presented for young people to realise their potential. Listen to the World Youth Day interview; discussion with two young Indonesians living in Australia. (SBS Indonesia)
  • Sejumlah pelaku seni asal Indonesia di Sydney meluncurkan kanal Satoe Indonesia untuk menyajikan kesenian dan budaya Indonesia melewati medium internet untuk beradaptasi dengan situasi pandemi virus corona yang belum berakhir. (SBS Indonesia)
  • The Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Pak Kristiarto Legowo, announced a new initiative to publish an Indonesia-Australia e-newsletter for the Australian public to better connect and understand the bilateral relationship. This edition covers Jokowi’s visit to Australia, IA-CEPA, trade & investment, education and socio-cultural news. (KBRI & KJRIs)
  • The majority of Indonesians find distance learning costly, especially among those from lower socioeconomic background. These findings indicate a crucial problem regarding the right to education and its relation to socioeconomic status. (Jakarta Post)
  • Apart from its threat to the health system and the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a baby boom that would slow the country’s bid for recovery. The number of pregnancies has risen during the pandemic, prompting the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) to double efforts to promote family planning and contraceptive use. (Jakarta Post)

On the Blog


  • 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 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.
  • 2 September – The global adjustment to COVID-19 has seen a faster shift to a digital economy as technology has been harnessed to deal with abrupt changes in every aspect of life. This AIC webinar will look at these changes and ask what skills are required to adapt to the new normal. The webinar will take place at 1pm AEST. 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. 
  • Join ASEAN-ACT in Indonesia and be responsible for the 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. 
  • The University of Sydney has research grants to support engagement with Southeast Asia. Applications for the special COVID-19 Grant Scheme will be open from 11 September. Click here for more information on the available grants. 
  • 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 calling on all Australian alumni in Indonesia! Do you have a great idea to make a difference in your profession or community? The Alumni Grant Scheme is open until 14 September 2020. Projects related to COVID-19 are strongly encouraged. More information can be found 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. 
  • Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth is seeing young Indonesians to work as Indonesian language assistants and ambassadors for Indonesia in Indonesian language classes in public schools. 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. 
  • Applications are NOW OPEN for ACICIS Virtual Internships in Indonesia 2021! Students have the opportunity to develop professional skills & networks in Indonesia from the comfort of home. Eligible students can apply before 1 October to receive $3000 New Colombo mobility grants. 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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