AIYA Annual Call for Submission

It’s that exciting time of year, when AIYA is preparing the 2020 AIYA Annual. We will collect, collate and publish original short stories, essays, photos etc. by YOU. Be creative! Any written submissions can be in Indonesian or English, just submit by 13 November; 500-1000 word limit.

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In the news

  • Young Australians and their start-ups are working to reduce plastic and solve environmental issues, such as ensuring Australia’s plastic is processed onshore after years of shipping it to nations like Indonesia. Frankie Layton, founder of Dirt Company, explains that it’s the personal feedback loop with customers that sets environmentally-focused start-ups apart. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • According to Unicef, more than 60 million students in Indonesia have been temporarily out of school due to Covid-19, presenting the country’s education sector with unprecedented challenges. How have schools responded to these challenges? How have children and parents reacted? And what are the likely long-term implications of Covid-19 and early childhood education? (Indonesia at Melbourne)
  • When faced with unforeseen adversities, some people take it as an opportunity to grow and learn new skills. Watch Imaroh, a 52-year-old batik craftswoman, discuss her response to the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, the COVID-19 pandemic, and her hardships to preserve her cultural heritage through art. (The Jakarta Post)
  • Lance Castles, a pioneering scholar of the history, economics and politics of Indonesia, died peacefully in Kew. Castle’s enormous contribution to the understanding of Indonesian politics and society has its roots in his experience as a Volunteer Graduate Scheme (now Australian Volunteers International), a globally influential program contributing to the development of post-colonial Indonesia. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Earlier this month the Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that international borders would probably remain “largely closed off until late next year”. While Indonesia is yet to open borders to foreign tourists or give a timeline of when that may happen, generating excitement around tourism has been a top priority among officials. But Frydenberg’s announcement has generated concern among tourism players in Bali, who are desperate for foreign visitors to return to the popular resort island. (

On the Blog

  • A look back into Indonesia’s deadliest argument, which resulted in a bloody, day-long gun fight and in a sense, the birth of a nation. This week on the blog, we take a look at the photo of the Hotel Yamato Incident, and why it is an incredibly significant footnote in Indonesia’s history.


  • 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.
  • 24 October – AFL Grandfinal Day is a sacred tradition in Australia, so what more could you ask for than celebrating by watching it with the Krakatoas & AIYA. Register here.
  • 25 October – Do you love digesting Australian & Indonesian current affairs over coffee? Or perhaps you’re interested in becoming more informed & engaged? AIYA Vic & Jabar are jointedly hosting an online trivia, with prizes: ‘Ngopi ajalah (ngobrol panjang Indonesia Australia lah). Register here.
  • 27 October – Global Victoria’s Commissioner to Southeast Asia joins an esteemed panel of Indonesian & Australian vocational education representatives – including AIYA’s President, Clarice Campbell, who’s the Director of TAFE Victoria. This conversation will explore TVET opportunities in Indonesia and how the newly ratified IA-CEPA assists business opportunities between the two countries. Register here.
  • 28 October – Are you interested in getting involved in the Australia-Indonesia community in the ACT? Join us at AIYA ACT AGM and become a member of our vibrant executive committee for 2021! Register & more info here.
  • 29 October – Why is Indonesia rarely included in lists of emerging powers & economies? The Monash Indonesian Seminar presents online a comprehensive survey of Indonesia’s contemporary politics, society and culture, to inform & answer these questions. Register here.
  • Nov 1 – Do you have interest in organising programs and events? Are you passionate about education, sports, socio-cultural or professional programs? Then you should consider joining the West Java AGM Meeting to learn more about this Open Recruitment. More info here.
  • 1 November – We can’t visit Bali for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Writing WA has created the next best thing: Kembali 20 Perth – an afternoon of conversations with leading writers from Indonesia and Western Australia. More info here.
  • 7 November –  The AIYA Victoria AGM (Rapat Tahunan) will be held via Zoom. During the AGM, AIYA members will have the opportunity to vote for four positions on the AIYA Victoria Executive Committee 2020/21. More info & Register here.
  • 20-21 November – The Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators Inc (AUSIT) 2020 Conference has moved online this year. This year’s focus is on the rapidly evolving challenges & opportunities in the T&I landscape. More info & registration 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.


  • Get published in AIYA Annual 2020! – AIYA is seeking submissions from individual members for the 2020 AIYA Annual, and we want to hear from you! We’re accepting a range of submissions this year including news articles, short stories and photo essays but feel free to get creative! Submissions can be in English or Indonesian with selected pieces to be published in the Annual in December 2020. Send your work to [email protected] by November 13th. More info here.
  • A 2 year contract is available for an International Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor at Prospero. The candidate will work on resources for M&E, design-thinking, knowledge management & communications. Apply by October 23 and read more info here.
  • Are you an Indonesian national with a Master degree in agricultural economics, economics, public policy, or other related social science majors? CIPS is looking for a Researcher to join their team. Apply by October 25. 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.
  • Conciliation Resources is hiring a Programme Support Officer for its South East Asia & Pacific Team. Based in Melbourne, you will play a key role working across programme teams & support the implementation of programme systems & processes. Apply by October 25. More info here.
  • Austrade is hiring a NSW Trade and Investment Director to be co-located in its office in Jakarta. This position requires a highly motivated senior staff member with experience in business development, preferably in an international environment, to deliver the NSW Trade and Investment Strategy for Indonesia. Apply by October 25. More info here.
  • UNICEF Indonesia is seeking to recruit a Youth Network Coordinator to work in the Communication section by 28 October. This 11.5 month contract will see the incumbent work to manage & expand the youth network. 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.
  • The Conversation Indonesia is recruiting a Project Assistant to join an important and exciting project to develop a fellowship program for Indonesia’s early-career researchers. Apply by 30 October. More info here.
  • Asialink is Australia’s leading centre for creative engagement with Asia, and they are looking for a Director; Capability Development to lead Asialink Business’ advocacy for greater Asia capabilities in the workforce & help to directly build Asia capabilities & deliver education products to help Australians engage with Asia. More in here.
  • ACICIS Virtual Public Health Study Tour 2020/21 provides students the opportunity to learn from leading health professionals & discuss health issues with local Indonesian students, including COVID-19 – all from the comfort of home! $2,500 grants are available. Applications close 1 November. More info here.
  • ACICIS Virtual Indonesian Language Course 2021 teaches Bahasa through intensive online classes & interactive cultural sharing activities with local Indonesian students $1,600 – $3,000 grants available. Applications close 1 November. More info here.
  • ANU is working with the ACICIS to offer the Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC) virtually as undergraduate subjects. This program provides intensive language training to students during the university vacation periods. It will incorporate language classes, cultural classes and virtual field trips. $1600- $3,000 grants available. 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.
  • Ever wondered what it takes to work for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)? If you’re an Australian citizen, then you can register for the ASIO Analyst Virtual Experience, where you’ll experience working in fast-paced analytical counter-terrorism exercises, reviewing and assessing intelligence. Register here.
  • The Asian Trade Centre (AIC) is seeking Research Analysts to join for internships. Interns must have a background in policy research, trade, economics, law or related area, and will contribute to the design, development and delivery of ATC’s trade research, capacity building, thought leadership and advocacy products. ATC will review & accept candidates on a rolling basis throughout 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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