Indonsian Covid Response

COVID19 cases are climbing in Indonesia. This, as in other countries, is leading to fierce public debate over whether, how and when the government should respond to the pandemic. These challenges are testing and re-framing Indonesia’s Constitutional Court, the centrepiece of the post-1998 democratic reform efforts. (The Age)

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  • To live on Earth is to be plagued by natural disasters, wars, pandemics and terror. Some countries have it worse than others, which is why military might, companionship and collaboration has mattered so much more than ever before. Indonesia and Australia have recently exercises their friendship from the start of the year until the present. Now, we face a different sort of enemy and the two are still helping each other out.
  • Beberapa minggu belakangan warganet (sebutan untuk pengguna internet) di Indonesia dihebohkan dengan kehadiran film pendek TILIK karya rumah produksi Ravacana Films. Memes, kutipan film, cuplikan adegan film dan sebagainya wara-wiri di media sosial seolah menyatakan bahwa film ini membawa dampak yang cukup besar di tengah situasi melawan pandemi corona. Film ini seolah menjadi hiburan atau angin segar ketika rasanya setiap saat kita terus menjadi tegang karena angka pasien covid meningkat, walaupun setelah menonton film pendek ini ketegangan itu malah semakin meningkat
  • In the last few weeks, “TILIK”, a short film by Ravacana Films became the latest phenomenon talked about by Indonesian netizens. Memes and clips from the film became viral on social media,  showing that this film has a considerable impact on Indonesian people. This film seems to be a breath of fresh air amid the tense situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Every Sunday (13:00 WIB/4pm AEST) – Online or ‘Flexible’ Language Exchange (FLEX) runs 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.
  • Join the fortnightly AIYA WA Language Exchange; a space to bring topical chats from like-minded people in the Indo-Aus space. Register here.
  • 22 September – Thomas Lembong, former Indonesian Trade Minister, will present at the Indonesian-Australia Campus-to-Campus Outreach event, “The Power of Youth in Reshaping our Post-Pandemic Society”. With a focus on the future of people-to-people relationships, you can join to share your questions and opinions. More info here.
  • 23 & 25 September – Join ANU’s Indonesia Project’s online Book Launch and discussion for ‘Democracy in Indonesia: from stagnation to regression?’ This event includes presentations by the book’s editors and researchers, before opening-up for Q & A. Register here.
  • 4 October – ReelOzInd 2020 begins! The festival will premiere online streaming, followed by a discussion with some of the winning filmmakers. Watch the Premieres Trailor here. Read about the festival and stream the live Premiere here.
  • 7 October – AIYA Vic is hosting an informal games night. Members can join together to play ‘Among Us’ (a free-to-play application) and utilise both Indonesian and English language skills to complete the game together. More info here.
  • 8 October – Monash and President University present the webinar ‘Online Learning: Is it the future of education?’ Panelists will discuss the benefit of online learning, the current situation in Indonesia & supportive technologies. Register here.
  • IA-CEPA Business Connect is a 3 month program (until 31 October) of online events hosted by Austrade. The events aim to increase two-way understanding about the bilateral opportunities, particularly Australia’s capability to meet Indonesian business needs. View events 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, and entering/exiting Indonesia during this new normal. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta has highlighted such changes in their social media as well as on the Smart Traveller website. Please follow information on the Indonesian immigration website or social media for further updates.
  • The Australian Government has restricted its citizens from leaving Australia without exemption, and returning travellers to Australia are encouraged to plan their travels in advance. Access exemption applications and more official info here.
  • If you are an Australian citizen outside of Australia in urgent need of financial assistance, the government will provide additional support through an expanded hardship program. Further details 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.


  • Barrett Casting is looking for an Indonesian man in his late 20s – early 30s to play a role in a feature film called ‘Ticket to Paradise’. Applicants can be based in Australia or Indonesia, they don’t need acting experience, but must be bilingual. Apply by 20 September. More in 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.
  • The First Khmer Model ASEAN Meeting Applications are open to all South East Asian undergraduates, or recent graduates. The theme of the conference is ‘ASEAN in the Post-Pandemic World’. Read more 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. Application closes 25 September. More info here.
  • Nexstar Indonesia Sprint calls all Victorian startups and students interested in exploring the dynamic market of Indonesia. This week-long program enables you to go through the business development processes to build an Indonesian market entry strategy. Apply by 27 September. More info here.
  • Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2020 will be delivered full online. This fully funded program provides opportunities for young people to gain a better understanding of the culture, development and way of life of each other’s country. Apply before September 28. More info here.
  • Cardno Lead Advisor – Transport position is open for an experienced person in transport engineering, policy and/or planning. Apply  to the Australia Indonesia Infrastructure Partnership by 30 September 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.
  • ACICIS has created 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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