Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo will get the country’s first shot of the coronavirus vaccine to reassure people about safety, announcing the vaccine will be free to citizens.

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In the news

  • As Australia’s relations with China turn sour, Australia-Indonesia ties become ever more important. However, there hasn’t been significant national investment in teaching Indonesian courses or effort to save Australian universities from axing Indonesian courses amidst the pandemic. Find out more on how the crisis happened and its implications. (Inside Story)
  • Australian universities are closing the door of opportunity to  the wide range of vocations open to students who have skills in Indonesian language, as many Indonesian courses are slowly disappearing. What effect does this have on Australia-Indonesia relations? (The Interpreter)
  • Gojek and Grab are working out a deal to merge the two valuable startups. Worried about job terminations, the drivers intend to hold nationwide protests if the two companies proceed without their input. (Reuters)
  • As a multicultural country, Indonesia has been facing a challenge of religious  harmony both within and among religious communities. Talking Indonesia podcast discussed the issue, and the government efforts in tackling religious disputes and promoting tolerance. Follow the discussion here or here. (Talking Indonesia)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 21 December – Yusof Ishak Institute is hosting a webinar on The Islamic Defenders Front and Political Polarization in Indonesia at 09:00 WIB (1 pm AEDT). Click here to register.
  • 11 January- AIYA NTT is hosting Opening and Sharing Events “New Year New Goals” to share and provide tips for their new year’s resolutions. The event will be held online via zoom at 3pm WITA. 
  • 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.


  • Join AIYA NSW! The team is recruiting for Communication officer, Education officer and Sociocultural officer. If you are passionate about Australia and Indonesia, apply here! Application closes Friday, 18 December.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice Phase 2 (AIPJ2) is seeking an Activity Coordinator- Court Efficiency and Transparency based in Jakarta. Application closes 5 pm WIB on Friday, 18 December. Apply here.
  • AIYA ACT Chapter is seeking new committee members! Apply for Treasurer, Events Officer and General Representative positions by clicking here. (Applications due 26 December)
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia is hiring an Operations Manager, responsible for coordinating Southeast Asia Covid-19 Response Plan. If you are skilled at program management, finance, and risk management, apply soon before 20 December via DFAT job portal. See other DFAT job postings 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.
  • Are you interested in venture capital and private equity? Gunung Investment Capital has partnered with AIYA to seek Financial Analysts based in Jakarta, starting in February 2021. Apply no later than 1 January 2021 here.
  • Cardno is hiring Senior Program Officer – Urban Mobility to coordinate and support Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur (KIAT) activities. The position closes on 15 January 2021
  • Asia Education Foundation (AEF) is looking for an Education Administration & Communications Officer to support the delivery of Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program and post-program engagement with schools. Apply soon here.
  • Cowater International is seeking talented individuals to fill the position of Financial Specialist to provide support during assessment of additional PDAM (local government-owned water utilities) that will be included in KIAT Water Hibah Program. Apply here by 1 January 2021.
  • The ASEAN WISE Fellowship is offering opportunities for medium-sized, women or indigenous-led, community-based social enterprises working to end poverty. The fellows will be paired with business partners and can access workshops to catalyse their impacts. Send your application before 15 January.
  • Monash University has opened its first operations in Indonesia. The university is offering academic opportunities across a range of research areas and career opportunities across a range of levels for commencement of the first academic year. Explore the opportunities here.
  • Women’s World Banking is offering opportunities for Associate, Southeast Asia Public Policy Manager, and Research Specialist to be based in Jakarta. Apply soon on this link.
  • 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 open 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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