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  • There appears to be a lot of confusion surrounding the effectiveness of masks and how they protect us. People have started forming their own opinions and guesswork, relying on folk wisdom and wishful thinking. This week’s blog will delve into the world of mask wearing.
  • Tampaknya ada banyak kebingungan seputar keefektifan masker dan bagaimana masker melindungi kita. Masyarakat mulai membentuk opini dan tebakan mereka sendiri, dengan mengandalkan kepercayaan tradisional dan angan-angan. Blog minggu ini akan selami dunia pemakaian masker.


  • 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, & 27 March – AIYA SulSel is having IELTS Practice & Discussion series exclusively for AIYA members. Covering listening, reading, and writing skills, the course is held at 11.00 – 12.30 WITA on different days. Register here and more info here.
  • 20 March – AIYA NTT AAS Info Session 2021 will invite three special guests to deliver some tips and tricks to get the scholarship. The event will be held at 3pm WITA via Zoom Meeting. Register here and details here.
  • 20 March- Santy Saptari Art Consulting and AsiaLinks Arts present Dekat-dekat Jauh, so close yet so far, a series of conversations about Indonesia-Australia relations in visual arts. The event will take place at 5 pm AEDT/ 1 pm WIB over zoom. More info here.
  • 20 March- Curtin University Alumni Chapter Indonesia is conducting the Curtin Alumni Asia Inspiring Talks: Reimagining Asia in the Post-Pandemic Future at 10.00-12.00 Perth Time. More info here.
  • 25 March – AIYA NSW Malam Karier 2021“Positioning yourself for professional success in a post-COVID world”. Join us for a night of networking and personal development as you learn and connect with leading professionals from a range of fields. You have the option to attend the event online or offline. Register here.
  • 27 March- AIYA Jakarta in collaboration with AIYA Queensland is hosting an event in Celebrating International Women’s Day: HERstory.  The event seeks to educate on the value of women’s rights, voices and point of view. Stay tuned on their social media for more information! Join on zoom here.
  • 28 March – Join AIYA Victoria for their Karier Online: CV Workshop to focus in on what employers are looking for in the Australia-Indonesia space. Register here.
  • 30 March – Join Spark Deakin to hear from innovators and experts from Melbourne and Bandung who have been paving the way for inclusive entrepreneurship. The event will take place online at 4pm AEDT/ 12 PM WIB. Register here.
  • 30 March – Inside Indonesia is hosting its edition launch on Performing Arts + COVID-19. Hear more of the experience of artists navigating through the new world posed by COVID-19 at 6PM AEDT/ 2PM WIB. More info here.
  • March – Monash in Indonesia webinar series will be held throughout March to introduce Indonesia’s first foreign university; its post-grad courses, scholarships and application process. Register a session 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.


  • Passionate about women’s empowerment and gender equality? Join AIYA’s Special Project: Women!  Apply by 20 March by emailing your CV and cover letter to [email protected] or [email protected]. Details 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.
  • Asian Studies Association Australia is funding numerous prizes, awards and grants for publication, workshops, and postdoctoral writing in 2021. Applications open, more information here.
  • ACICIS (Australian Consortium for ‘In‐Country’ Indonesian Studies) is hiring a Marketing & Student Recruitment Officer in Yogyakarta. The position is for Indonesin nationals only. Apply by 22 March here.
  • Cardno is hiring a Finance Manager to join the Economic Cooperation Program Collaborative Hub in Jakarta. Apply by March 27 here.
  • 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.
  • ACICIS is offering Virtual Internships in Winter, with $3,000 mobility grants available! Gain workplace skills and establish international networks in Indonesia in an area of your interest. Applications close 1 April. Find out more here.
  • New Naratif is calling for applications to fill in several remote positions; Advocacy Manager, Freelancer Community Organiser, and Research Editor. The positions suit those who are advocating for progressive values in Southeast Asia. More details 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.
  • Cardno is seeking a Project Officer to join the Economic Cooperation Program Collaborative Hub in Jakarta to assist the ECP Technical Leads. Application closes 4 April. Apply here.
  • Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program is now open for applications! If you are an Australian or Indonesian Muslim aged 23-40 and are actively engaged in the community, we want to hear from you! Applications close 10 April (AEST). More info here.
  • University of Sydney Southeast Asia Centre is offering two $5000 writing grants for early stage academics to write an article on their PhD topics, and gain mentorship whilst doing so. More info here.
  • Bamboo Micro Credit is an Australian NGO offering loans to Indonesians in need. They are seeking a Board Director based in Perth. Read more here and email for more info here.
  • Palladium is advertising a Graduate Entry Route for graduates in Indonesia to fill an important role in supporting the delivery of a variety of projects and have an opportunity to frequently engage with clients and internal stakeholders. More info here. 
  • Monash University Indonesia is looking to appoint a number of professional positions across a range of areas and levels. Applications open for Chief Operations Officer, Educational Technology and Design Manager, and Senior Officer Community Engagement. Click here for the complete list.
  • Asia Group Advisors (AGA) is a strategic advisory firm and are currently seeking two Indonesian specialist roles: analyst and senior associate. More info 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.
  • 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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