AIYA and YARN intercultural event for NAIDOC week

Did you know that human history started over 65,000 years ago in Australia? Let’s learn more about indigenous culture whilst developing soft skills! YARN’s cross-cultural communication & leadership skills workshop is free for AIYA members.

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In the news

  • Australia is set to loan Indonesia a total of $1 billion to tackle COVID-19. The loan will be particularly helpful for the economy that has been badly hit by the downturn in tourism and trade revenue. Read more here. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Hebat! Indonesia intends to adopt a circular model for its up and coming electric vehicle (EV) industry. This new industry is driven by concerns over the climate crisis and plans to partner with global manufacturing companies to produce EV batteries. (The Jakarta Post) 
  • As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Indonesia, out-of-work footballers have been forced to take up menial jobs with little end in sight. While many leagues around the world have resumed play, Indonesia’s is not expected to restart until next year, and players are experiencing match freezes and huge pay cuts. (Channel News Asia)
  • Ghina Ghaliya has been collecting old mobile phones to help students get online. As many students are still unable to do face-to-face learning, mobile phones have been necessary to ensure that students across Indonesia are still receiving their education. (Associated Press Indonesia). 



  • Every Sunday (13:00 WIB/5pm AEDT) – 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.
  • 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.
  • 10-14 November – The University of Melbourne launches its first Indonesia Graduate Lecture Series. Indonesian alumni, and thought leaders from the Business School, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry & Health science, join t to 21st century pandemics. Register here.
  • 15 November – AIYA is hosting Trivia Night – NAIDOC Edition. Join in to discuss and learn about this important history in Australia. This event is open to the general public too. More info here.
  • 16 November- Join a virtual dialogue with the Chairman of BKPM, and get an insight on the impact of the ratification of Omnibus Law and IA-CEPA on investment. Register here.
  • 19 November – AIYA & YARN are partnering together to create an Intercultural NAIDOC Workshop workshop that helps participants build cross-cultural relationships, overcome cultural barriers, and provide tools for handling challenging conversations. You will learn about indigenous culture, as well as reflect on your own cultural background. This opportunity is free for AIYA Members, but only open to 20 applicants, so apply by 16 Nov. More info here.
  • 20 November – The Global Town Hall  is a virtual meeting that provides a platform for leading minds across the world to discuss, in a marathon one-day discussion, the state of play in the COVID-19 world. Join Australian and Indonesian Foreign Ministers and other world leaders by registering 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.
  • 21 November – AIYA NSW invites you to celebrate NAIDOC Week with an Aboriginal walking tour of Redfern. Aunty Donna Ingram, a Wiradjuri woman, will describe how Redfern was and how it is for the Aboriginal community, through storytelling and shared experiences. Limited to 20 people; more info/register here.
  • 28 November – After a bit of a hiatus, AIYA Tasmania is back and are looking for enthusiastic committee members who want to create meaningful impact in the Tasmania-Indonesia relationship in 2021. Click here for more info.
  • 30 November – Social media has become a crucial avenue for political discourse in Southeast Asia, given its potential as a “liberation technology” in both democratising and authoritarian states. Join SSEAC for a live webinar discussion: Social Media, Grassroots Activism and Disinformation in Southeast Asia. Register 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.
  • 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.
  • The Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria (AIAV) is looking for a group of tech-savvy volunteers to help create their newsletter! Experience in working on newsletters is essential but you will also receive training in the emailing software. Preference given to Victorians, but all applicants welcome. If interested please email: Nani at [email protected] Nani Pollard.
  • The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) are hiring an Events & Communications Officer to assist in a broad range of media, marketing and events management activities. Applications close November 22. More info here.
  • Cardno is hiring a Senior Consultant – Strategic Engagement & Partnerships. This is a corporate role based in Melbourne and requires interaction with a range of internal and external stakeholders, most often managing several aspects simultaneously. Applications close November 22. More info here.
  • International Internships facilitate professional experience opportunities for Australians in Indonesia, and they’re looking for a Program Manager – Indonesia. You will work closely with the CEO to manage all elements of our Indonesian programs, from the conceptualisation of new programs (study intensives, internships and others) to the development and execution of those programs on the ground. You will manage a small team of staff in Indonesia and work closely with partners and contractors. Apply by 25 November. More info here.
  • Enjoy watching NAILA’s shortlisted videos and participate by having your say and voting for the best! Voting will close on 27 November. Watch videos here.
  • Calling for energised & inspiring young ASEAN & Australians who are passionate about tackling modern slavery, human trafficking & forced labour. Applications for the intensive one-month Break the Chain Programme closes on 30 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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