Bali is one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, and for many Australians it’s the introduction to Indonesia’s multifaceted culture and arts. Bali’s economy is heavily dependent on international tourism and as pandemic restrictions continue to prevent the flow of international tourism, local craftsmen are attempting, yet struggling, to market their work online.
In the news
- President Jokowi took advantage of his first address to the United Nations General Assembly to broach the issue of escalating tensions between China and the United States. His remarks represented the region’s interests and positions Indonesia as a “bridge builder” and advocate for global equality. (Reuters)
- The discovery of two baby Javan rhinoceros in Ujung Kulon National Park has excited the scientific community and the world at large. This severely threatened species has a population of 74, and this latest edition brings the population to increase by 1 each year since 2012. (Antara News)
- Australia is the beneficiary of the regional stability resulting from Indonesia’s development over several decades. This development was possible because of the sustained (one of the longest) multilateral aid efforts. Is Australia fully aware of just how much it’s benefitted? (AsiaLink)
- Indonesia is a land of promise to international markets. However, with the top 1% of Indonesians owning 49% of the nation’s wealth, while the poorest 40% owns only 1.4%, how do other international investors understand which Indonesian markets to target? (Medium)
- A rescue team of over 60 Australian government scientists have been dealing with one of the world’s largest groups of beached whales. So far Australia has freed 90 of the long-finned whales, but is preparing to dispose of almost 400 whale carcasses. (Jakarta Post)
On the Blog
- (Bahasa Indonesia) Ketika hujan tiada henti melanda Indonesia di bulan Januari, saat yang sama musim panas melanda Australia. Fenomena ini dapat digali lebih dalam jika kita mengenal apa itu angin muson. Untuk mengetahui lebih banyak, klik di sini
- 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: www.universitybridgeproject.org. 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.
- 30 September – The AIBC’s Vic Young Professionals division is hosting Kopi Digital Webinar for all those interested. This premiere online event features the opportunity to network with established Aus-Indo industry leaders in small groups & ask them the big questions about working in this space and going global. Register here.
- 1 October – The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Indonesia (UI) are delighted to present the first in a regular series of webinars as part of the UQ-UI Bilateral Research Forum. Register here.
- 4 October – AIYA WA will host a networking and live streaming event, ‘Noton Bareng: ReelOzInd Festival Premier 2020’. Join for some food, film-watching and 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 Trailer 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hultz Prize, in association with the United Nations, is recruiting university students to volunteer as Campus Directors. Directors manage and run a social entrepreneurship competition at your university. Watch more info here, and apply 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.
- Australia ASEAN CoLab 2020 aims to connect, train and inspire social entrepreneurs from Australia and the ASEAN countries. This year’s conference will involve multiple workshops and events to propel the region’s youth to make positive change. Application by 1 October. Apply 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.
- Ausit 2020 National Conference will be held online this year for bilinguals. It will focus on the challenges and opportunities opening up in an evolving Translation & Interpreting landscape. Registration closes 13 November. 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.