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In the news

  • As part of the team that drafted Indonesia’s economic policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian Awards alumnus Dr Adi Budiarso started by looking at the bigger picture. Learn more about how this alumnus is making a change during a tumultuous time. (Australia Awards)
  • Hailing from a uniquely passionate footballing nation but which has tended to keep its top players on home soil, Indonesia’s youth brigade of 2021 is travelling far and wide to bid to enhance their prospect of stardom. (Asian Football Confederation)
  • David Engel writes that Australia should inch our reality closer to the rhetoric by enhancing our practical ties with Indonesia in a few years. What are these areas? Why is this necessary? (The Strategist)
  • After a year of bushfires, floods and drought, the Australian agricultural industry is on the road to recovery. One of the countries that will play a major role in helping heal this industry is Australia’s biggest neighbour, Indonesia. (The Jakarta Globe)

On the Blog

  • As close relatives, Australia and Indonesia share many similarities, spirit, and cooperation that go hand in hand as kinship foundations. But of course, historically these two countries have a different story. As a result, Australia’s and Indonesia’s conditions and population dynamics also differ, both spatially and temporally. Read here to know more about the two countries’ population pyramid and demographic transition over time.


  • 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.
  • TONIGHT! – Speed Friending & Netflix Party AIYA Vic will be held at 2:30pm WIB or 6:30pm AEDT. Register here and join via Zoom. 
  • 27 February – AIYA Sulsel Book Review & Discussion is an event where you can share book recommendations and favourite books. Join the discussion via Zoom here at 2pm – 3:30pm WITA. 
  • 27 February – ‘Mental Health Awareness & Inclusivity’ will be the first episode of AIYA Connect series held by AIYA Jakarta. The event will start at 4pm WIB / 8pm AEDT. Click here to join
  • Sydney, 28 February- Pantai dan Piknik Bersama AIYA NSW. Join AIYA NSW on walking from Coogee to Bondi, a small picnic and a badminton game! Meet at Coogee beach at 10am AEDT. More info and registration here.
  • 13 February – 13 March – Bali Poetry Slam Unspoken is an event a part of Southeast Asia Queer Festival, and provides a safe space for poets to share their experience and educate. More info here.
  • 27 & 28 February – TEDxUniversitasIndonesia: Challenging Changes invites speakers from various backgrounds, such as students, authors, and founders sharing ideas worth spreading. More info here and register here
  • Perth, 4 March – AIYA WA Language Exchange will start again soon! The event will be held at 6pm in Old Shanghai. More info here.
  • Sydney, 8 March- in AIYA NSW for this rare opportunity to learn from Pak Taufiq from Pertamina about the oil industry, the company and his inspiring Australia/Indonesia experience, while brushing up your Bahasa Indonesia! Only 20 spots available! Free for AIYA Members, enter code INDOTALK1 at the checkout.
  • 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.


  • Join NAILA! The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards is seeking a Program Coordinator, Program Officer, Creative & IT Officer, Language Officers and Videographer/Photographer. Application due 28 March and should be emailed to [email protected]. More info on NAILA’s website.
  • AIYA Victoria is recruiting! A number of positions are available, with position descriptions here. If you are ready to join, apply here by 1 March. Don’t forget to make sure that you are an AIYA member.
  • Asialink Leaders Program is offering two fellowships covering the full Program fee. The Program offers a transformational experience for leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors. Apply soon before 26 Feb here.
  • Asia Society is seeking a part-time Associate Director, Finance and Operations. If you have experience in financial management of SME or not-for-profit, apply here
  • Conciliation Resources is looking for a dynamic and organised team leader to fill the position of Program Director, Pacific Region, to lead the organisation’s peacebuilding and conflict resolution work in the Pacific. Apply by 28 February here.
  • ANU Data61 International Fellowship Program for Indonesian Civil Servants is a unique 3-month fellowship to support the professional development of 2 Indonesian data specialist civil servants. Applications close 28 February. More info 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.
  • The University of Melbourne is looking for an events coordinator (maternity leave replacement). If you have extensive event curation and event/project management, apply before March 1. Apply here.
  • The University of Melbourne is seeking a Manager, International Education Partnerships. The role is within AsiaLink. If you are a leader with the ability to influence, manage and coordinate others in a complex operating environment, don’t hesitate to apply here before 8 March. 
  • 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.
  • ANU & SMERU Research have opened grant applications for collaborative research projects between Australians and Indonesians. Covid-relevant research areas are encouraged this year; apply by 31 March here.
  • AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies is calling for abstracts with submission deadline on 31 March. The conference welcomes scholars with interests in history, culture, anthropology, sociology, language and arts of Indonesia. For more information click here.
  • 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 via this link.
  • IDP education is seeking an Education Counsellor Australia based in Kebun Jeruk. If you hold a minimal Bachelor’s degree, preferably from an Australian university and or have experience in education counselling, apply 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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