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In the news

  • More than 150 people are now dead following wild wet weather in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. A tropical cyclone battered the two nations, leaving thousands homeless. (SBS News)
  • The prospect of reopening Australia’s international border is being hampered by the unexpectedly slow roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines across the nation. Issues in procurement and vaccine hesitancy will likely impact the vaccination rates. (The Guardian)
  • Art and Bali’s unique culture are inextricably linked, but the absence of visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic has left many artists struggling. Some artists have adapted to the new normal, while many hopes of border reopening. (Al Jazeera)
  • Indonesia’s Research and Technology Ministry and Australia’s Monash University have agreed to strengthen research collaboration between the two countries’ varsities. (Antara News)
  • How is Islam shaping Indonesian politics, women’s rights and democracy? The Young Diplomat Society’s podcast, Global Questions, is joined by Dr Rachel Rinaldo and Dr Dina Afrianty in this interesting episode. (Global Questions)

On the Blog

  • They say that time is money, but is it really in Indonesia? Or is the concept of time something more abstract? After all, there are still 60 hours in  minute, 24 hours in a day and 7 days in Indonesia. In this week’s blog digest, we’ll be looking to answer these questions and have a look into the punctuality and the dire consequences of being late, click here


  • 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.
    • NOTE: Due to Easter and Ramadan, FLEX will be held on April 18 & May 2.
  • JOIN AIYA IN-PERSON LANGUAGE EXCHANGE! LX is back in multiple locations across Australia. Connect, chill, and converse with like-minded youth, meet new friends and engage in cross-cultural exchange. In-person language exchange is on:
    • WA: Every Wednesday fortnight, 6 PM, Old Shanghai Northbridge. Follow @aiya_wa on Instagram or Facebook for more info. 
    • NSW: Every Wednesday, 6 PM, Darling Square (in front of Messina). Follow @aiya_nsw on Instagram or Facebook for more info. 
    • Vic: Every Wednesday, 6 PM, Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre. Follow @aiya_vic on Instagram or Facebook for more info
    • ACT:  Every Wednesday, 6 PM, Marie Ray Building. Follow @aiya_act on Instagram or Facebook for more info
  • PPIA Melbourne University x AIYA Victoria – The Forum: Indonesia Rising, a rare opportunity to interact with experts in government and business, through a policy case competition, workshops, a panel discussion, as well as a social night on different dates. Contribute tangible policy solutions and win $1500 worth of prize money! More info here and register before 9 April here.
  • AIYA NSW – Board Games Day at Good Games Town Hall – this is a chance to catch up with friends but also meet new people! The event will take place on 11 April from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEST. Free for AIYA members and $5 for non-members. Register here and use member code AIYAmember
  • AIYA NTT – Language Exchange  “How to Remain Productive?” on 10 April at 2 PM WITA. Have fun discussions and get insights on grammar for TOEFL and English common mistakes. Stay tuned on Instagram for the event!
  • IABC and Monash University is hosting ‘IABC Connect 2021 – University-Industry Partnerships: Evidence-Based Solutions.’ This session will discuss the importance of university-industry partnerships in solving industry problems. The event takes place on 15 April at 1:30 PM AEST/ 10:30 AM WIB. Register here.
  • AIYA Jakarta – AAS for Master Program Info Session. Are you interested in applying for Australia Awards this year? Join AIYA Jakarta on an info session from Australia Awards in Indonesia staff and alumni to answer all your burning questions on 15 April at 4 PM WIB via zoom here.
  • AIYA NTT – Instagram Live Session “Women, Roles x Rules” will discuss women in the modern era compared to the Kartini era from both Australia and Indonesia perspectives. Tuned in on on 20 April at 8 pm WITA to join the live discussion!
  • NAILA- The Basics of Speech Crafting with Natali Tjahjadi. Are you interested in applying to NAILA in 2021? Or are you interested in improving your speech writing? Join NAILA with Natali Tjahjadi for tips and tricks for your next speech at 6pm AEST/ 3pm WIB. More info here.
  • Suara Indonesia Dance is 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.


  • Celebrate Australia and Indonesia’s ethnic and linguistic diversity by participating in AIYA Harmony Day Writing Competition! Get your ideas to be published on the AIYA blog and win the prize in the category! Submit your entries before 11 April here.
  • Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP) 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.
  • The University of Queensland is seeking participants for a study on the acquisition of Indonesian grammar by first language speakers of English. This study is open to those who learned Indonesian as a second language. Click here for registration.
  • ASEAN Foundation is calling Indonesian Nationals to support the research on Youth Market and Skills Demand for the Future! All interested applicants can check out the link of each open position for more information or directly submit an application here.
  • Helena College is looking for an Indonesian Language Teacher for students in Years 11 and 12. The position is on a part-time basis, stationed in Perth. Applications close on 16 April here.
  • Cardno is seeking a Change Management and Organisation Transformation Adviser with deep knowledge in methodologies for organisation development, business process transformation, human resource planning and change management in large organisations. Application closes 16 April. More info here.
  • Cardno is seeking an Agrifood (Grains) Adviser. Join the Katalis Collaborative Hub to undertake a rapid review, engage with the grains industry in Indonesia and consider and confirm plans for operationalising a grains partnership. Apply before 25 April here.
  • Asian Studies Association Australia is funding numerous prizes, awards and grants for publication, workshops, and postdoctoral writing in 2021. Applications open, more information here.
  • 98.5 fm Duta Nusantara in Sydney lagi butuh volunteer untuk jadi penyiar radio berbahasa Indonesia khusus di Sydney. If you’re interested in gaining experience as a radio presenter, please direct message the station here.
  • Cardno is seeking a Digital and Events Producer to join the Katalis Collaborative hub in Jakarta. Application closes 15 April. 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.
  • 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 is 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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