AIYA LINKS Aust-Indo bilateral relations

On Tuesday, Jakarta and Canberra reasserted their commitment to bolstering th3 bilateral partnership during the seventh Indonesia-Australia Ministerial Council Meeting on Law & Security. Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD and Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton met virtually to discuss the countries’ cooperation in maritime security, counter-terrorism and regional security issues.

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  • 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.
  • In Indonesia, microfinance is one of the potential strategies for poverty reduction. Access to microfinance services enables underprivileged people to increase their income and their assets. It also reduces vulnerability to external shocks and creates jobs. To find out more about microfinance in Indonesia, click here.


  • 29 Oct – 8 Nov – Kembali 2020: A Rebuild Bali Festival represents the Ubud Writers Festival, and features over 100 storytellers and culinary figures who will join intimate discussions and powerful performances in this digital Festival. Register for panel discussions, workshops, cooking demos, film screenings, music, arts performances and more here.
  • 31 Oct – 12 Dec – Indonesia Calling 2020 is a contemporary art exhibition held in Sydney, which includes 30 artists from Bandung, Yogyakarta, Bali and Jakarta. The exhibition explores life on the ground in Indonesia and aims to raise awareness of the impacts of Covid-19 on communities. More info here.
  • 30 October – International travel may be impossible at this time, but emerging leaders around the world are continuing to strive to stay connected. CAUSINDY is hosting a panel of representatives from key youth organisations operating in the Australia-ASEAN sphere to discuss opportunities and challenges to maintaining youth connectivity, future opportunities, and leadership strategies to thrive post-COVID. Register here.
  • 1 November – 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. Also, AIYA WA has free tickets for members to the 2.20pm session: Eka Kurniawan’s Indonesia. AIYA members can email [email protected] for access to free tickets!
  • 5 November – Shifts in the economy, globalisation, pandemic, domestic diversity, and technology have created new demands for organisations, and propelled the human resources field in a completely new direction. How do you turn challenges into opportunities? President University & Monash University invite you to the last series of join webinar for an insightful discussion. 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.
  • 9 November – Do you want to find out how Melbourne retailers can tap into opportunities in the dynamic Indonesian Ecommerce market? The City of Melbourne & AsiaLink Business are delighted to invite you to a paneled  information session. More info here.
  • 12 November – Are you an early-career Indonesian language teacher, or studying to become an Indonesian language teacher? Are you interested in collaborating with your peers to share their experiences, struggles, resources and solutions for how to adapt and improve your classes? Then join CAUSINDY’s interactive workshop, designed to support Indonesian language teachers in Australia. More info 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 websiteor 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.
  • 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.
  • BBC News Indonesia is looking for a Senior Journalist to help manage the Indonesian service and lead the daily operations and manage site index. Based in Jakarta, applicants must be fluently bilingual. 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.
  • Are you a young person passionate about issues important to the ASEAN-Australia Relationship? Have you dreamt of being published in a book? The ASEAN-Australia Review 2020 is an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of youth voices, and is calling for abstract submissions by 1 November. More info 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.
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Internship for Health Governance Project, Democratic Governance & Poverty Reduction Unit is accepting applications from Indonesian nationals until 5 November. Interns will provide support in project development & implementation, and receive a monthly stipend. More info here.
  • The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) is sponsoring a training program on how to interact sensitively with survivors of the Khmer Rouge crimes. The session will be run by Yim Sotheary, a psychotherapist and a peace & conflict consultant. To apply, email Dr Rosemary Grey ([email protected]) by 5pm, 6 November, 5pm (AEDT), with a brief paragraph (300 words max) explaining your reasons for applying.
  • Young Australians in International Affairs Fellowship Program is accepting applications, from several research areas, until Nov 9. The program attracts accomplished young Australian analysts and scholars from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. More in 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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