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  • Indonesia has over 13,000-17,000 islands and so it can be very difficult to find an element that unites all the islands, especially because each Indonesian region has their own special uniform. However, one cultural element that all the islands can get behind is the Batik. Whether you’re Batak or Sundanese, or from Flores of Moluccas, all people from Indonesia can agree that Batik is Indonesian. Click here to find out more about Batik.
  • At the start of the year on February 24, a new cafe opened in Melbourne called Jabarano Coffee. This name is a blend of the words Jawa Barat and Americano, with the café being opened by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, and the café looking to introduce Australians to West Java coffee. This got me interested in learning more about Indonesian coffee, which I hadn’t previously known much about. Click here to read more.
  • As an Australian, Sarah Bouquet often encounter a lot of question about her skills on speaking Indonesian. In this article, she shares her story about her experience learning Bahasa for many years. She also interviewed some of her teacher who taught her Bahasa. Click here to read her story.


  • JOIN AIYA ON DISCORD! AIYA would like to cordially invite you to join our new Discord, an online group-chatting platform. We will be using Discord a digital hub for AIYA activities including:
  • FLEX- our online language exchange is shifting over to Discord from UniBridge
  • Games nights- AIYA will be hosting casual and impromptu gatherings on Discord
  • Ngobrol santai- Any AIYA member will be able to join and chat with other members whenever you want.


  • 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.
  • 23 November – The 2020 edition of the Lowy Institute Asia Power Index reveals how the pandemic has altered the existing distribution of power in the region. Join the researchers as they present the key findings in Canberra. Tickets here.
  • 24 Nov – 3 Dec – The Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) presents its first annual summit, spread over several events, covering joint research projects. Hear directly from the researchers and policy experts about the sustainable and inclusive development of the province of South Sulawesi. 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.


  • 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.
  • 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. 


    • The Asia Society Policy Institute’s Washington office is seeking interns with interests in the social, political, and economic challenges in Asia. You must have strong research/writing skills and experience with office/event support. More info here.
    • KIAT/The Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure is hiring for several positions: HR Manager; Safeguard Specialist; Advisers. Stationed at home and in Jakarta, applicants must be proficient in English and Indonesian. 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.
    • Early career researchers researching Southeast Asia and based in the Greater Sydney region are invited to attend a dedicated writing retreat at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Apply by 26 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.
    • Are you a native Indonesian speaker in Melbourne looking for experience in education? Marcellin College is looking for a language assistant to fill a 0.6FTE position. Apply by 30 Nov. More info 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.
  • The Indonesian Film Festival Australia is opened for submissions for 2021. This year’s theme, ‘Myopia’, is a celebration of all the little things that often get overlooked. More info here and apply 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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