The placement of Ambassadors for Australia and Indonesia are immeasurably important, but are not as straightforward as an appointment to a regular position. In fact, it has become more complex over time, particularly when the Indonesian parliament became more involved in the process.
In the news
- With a significant increase over 15 years, Indonesia has never seen so many family members of political elites compete in subnational elections, including Jokowi’s son & son-in-law. What practical steps can Indonesia take to assuage this trend? (UniMelb)
- The ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and hard border closures will significantly influence the size and composition of Australia’s Migration Program 2020-21, which will be unveiled through the Budget process on October 6. (SBS)
- Bali initially fared well at the beginning of the Pandemic, and reopened to receive up to 4,000 tourists daily since July 31. But despite efforts made by community & religious groups, low-quality testing & other factors have led to a coronavirus outbreak in Bali. (ABC)
- Indonesia’s supply chains lack coordination and integration, so its hospitals have been unable to respond quickly to new demands caused by COVID-19. Australian & Indonesian experts are connecting to share learned lessons to explore how digital technologies can be better harnessed. (PAIR)
- Sharpening religious tensions in Indonesia reached its peak during the April 2019 presidential elections. Is COVID-19 muting or fueling religious polarisation? (New Mandala)
- Australia’s university sector hit by job losses, fall in international students and Federal Government reform — this unveiled an insecure workforce and heavy reliance on international funds, so what’s next? (ABC)
- 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.
- 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. More info 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 – Malam Bareng AIYA Vic & Yogya 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.
- 10 October – AIYA VIC & Jawa Barat are collaborating to celebrate Bulan Bahasa by having a webinar with a theme “Language Barrier”: a presentation about language barriers with a Q & A afterwards. More info & registration here.
- 10 October – Come join AIYA Jakarta’s celebration for new committee members! There will be having a fun-filled arvo with lots of activities: Games, Networking, and Virtual Performance all-in-one. More info here and register here.
- 11 October – AIYA VIC are hosting the second webinar in the Karir Online series. This theme focuses on the opportunities in the humanities field (academic, journalism, government, tourism) in Aust or Indo. Register to listen to the all female panel here.
- 14 October – Come along to AIYA WA’s fortnightly Language Exchange for topical talks from like-minded people in the Indo-Aus space, and where you can bring questions, homework and a keenness to improve your language skills. More info here.
- 18 October – AIYA NT AGM is a chance for you to network and apply for committee positions. If you want to ignite AIYA work in the Territory and gain valuable experience then read more info 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.
- Are you Indigenous, or have you undertaken Indigenous studies or volunteering? Apply to join AIYA’s NAIDOC Week 2020 Advisory Committee! Applications close Friday 9 October 2020. See more details here.
- Prospera is seeking to engage an Activity Support Officer for its Public Sector Reform team based in Jakarta, to support Prospera’s work on public sector reform in Indonesia. The candidate will work in a team across the Government of Indonesia and Government of Australia’s partners. Apply by October 9. More info here.
- The Centre for Indonesian Policy Research is seeking a bilingual Researcher. Applicants must be an Indonesian national with a Masters degree in agricultural economics, economics, public policy, and other related social science majors. Apply by 25 October. 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.
- ISW Women Scholarship funds female full-time research students to study at universities in the US and Canada. Apply for the next round by 28 December, and read 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.