A leading economist describes the top five things that will happen in Australia 2021. International flights will see international students return as normal, but permanent systemic changes may occur such as shifting manufacturing from China to a closer neighbour such as Indonesia.
In the news
- Australian and Indonesian scientists discovered and dated the world’s oldest known animal painting on a cave wall in South Sulawesi. The image of a wild pig was created at least 45,500 years ago and provides evidence of human settlement in the area. (Bloomberg)
- The 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Indoensia’s Majene and Mamuju regencies as many people slept has killed 84 people, with dozens still feared missing and more than 19,000 left homeless. (Al Jazeera)
- Australia announced an additional $360 million in foreign aid for South-East Asian countries. But considering the hardship brought by the pandemic and China’s growing influence, should Australia reverse the declining trend in its foreign aid budget?
- President Joko Widodo appointed a new Health Minister, which has spurred optimism for better, more scientifically-based, policies to tackle the pandemic. This is a beacon at a time when regional COVID-19 statistics and the CoronoVac’s efficacy results are yet to be determined. (ScienceMag)
- Meski belajar online karena lockdown, sejumlah pelajar Australia tetap meraih nilai tinggi untuk pelajaran Bahasa Indonesia. (ABC)
- 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.
- 23 January – AIYA Jakarta is hosting a Virtual Lunch and Karaoke event online to have a fresh start to kick off the year. Join the event and get the opportunity to win two giveaways. Stay tuned on AIYA Jakarta Instagram page for more details.
- 27 January – Straya Scholarship Strategy is a webinar hosted by PPI for Indonesians who are interested in continuing their studies in Australia on a scholarship. More info here.
- 28 January – AIBC WA is hosting in-person H.E. Mr Y Kristiarto S. Legowo, Ambassador of Indonesian to Australia, for business breakfast. Register by 22 Jan here.
- 11 February – Cross-curriculum STEM Education is a webinar sharing insights and case-studies of implementing STEM programs in international settings. If you are an Indonesian STEM or science teacher you can register here.
- 13 February – 13 March – Bali Poetry Slam Unspoken is an event a part of Southeast Asia Queer Festival, and provides a safe space poets to share their experience and educate. 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.
- Listen to cosy and in-depth conversations between talented individuals about social and cultural issues in Indonesia and Australia. Explore the Sana-Sini Podcast 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.
- Yayasan Plan International Indonesia works for children’s right and equality for girls, and are hiring a Senior Project Officer and a Program Development Manager. Apply by Jan 24 here.
- Gen:P bridges the disconnect with young people and policymakers, and are seeking to fill positions: Communications Manager, Project Officer and Grants & Finance Officer. Apply by Feb 1 here.
- Asia Society is looking for two Programs and Research interns, responsible for assisting the Programs team in planning, delivery and communication of Asia Society Australia’s member events and public programs. Apply before 24 January.
- Young people based in Victoria are eligible to apply for Victorian Government grant funding and mentorship to develop and produce content to reinforce CovidSafe behaviours. Send in your proposal before 1 February.
- Perth USAsia Centre hosts semester-long internships (1day/week) for university students with experience in international relations; economics, business and trade; Asian studies; and/or international law. Apply by Feb 5 here.
- Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is looking for talented individuals to fill a number of different positions. Apply early this January.
- Arkblu Capital is hiring a Bilingual Executive/Team Assistant responsible for admin and project support. Efficient, detail-oriented, and organised individuals based in Sydney are welcome to apply. Applications are due 12 February.
- Arkblu Capital is hiring Bilingual Bahasa Indonesia/English Associate (Finance & Ops) to work closely in Sydney. If you’re passionate about business and curious to learn new things, apply before 19 February.
- Surabaya’s Direct Aid Program provides flexible small grants for East Java and Central Java. Applications should support COVID-19 recovery efforts or priority development sectors e.g education, health, gender equality and empowering persons with disability. Submit by Feb 20 here.
- Peace Gen is hiring a Project Manager to monitor and report on multiple development projects to donors such as DFAT, USAID and UN. Eligible candidates will have good english skills and have experience in the NGO sector. Apply by Feb 20 here.
- Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association are calling for enthusiastic Indonesian teachers and linguists to present their knowledge and experiences to improve Indonesian language learning. Apply by Feb 28 here.
- US CSIS Research Intern – Southeast Asia Program (Spring 2021) is seeking interns with a foundation in Southeast Asia studies and international relations/political economy. Apply here for this remote internship.
- Indonesia Council Open Conference has an open call for proposals. The ICOC will focus on the partnerships that underpin Australia-Indonesia relations. Instructions for paper and presentation submissions are available 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 areas, 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.