Tropical cyclone Seroja battered Australia’s west coast Sunday night and into Monday, destroying homes and leaving thousands without electricity. The same cyclone wreaked havoc in remote islands of eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste early last week, where it brought strong winds and heavy rains that triggered flash floods and landslides.

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  • When the pandemic struck and began to restrict international travel, international students had to choose between personal grief and a career, whether academic or professional. Many Indonesians still remain in Australia and are grappling with the difficulties of being disconnected from their family and lives. (Jakarta Post)
  • Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced the appointment of Penny Williams as the country’s new ambassador to Indonesia, making her the first woman to assume the position. The incoming envoy is a senior career and recently rose up the ranks to become deputy secretary of the department. Williams is fluent in Indonesian and had spent time in Indonesia as a high school exchange student. (Jakarta Post)
  • Australian politicians of both persuasions regularly state that Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important strategic partners. What this actually means in terms of Australia’s foreign-policy priorities and practices is, however, often contested. But history shows us that it is successful programs and people-to-people links that are crucial to building resilience in the Indo-Pacific. (ASPI)



  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 on 21 April at 6pm AEST/ 3pm WIB. More info here.
  • Online Learning in Indonesia: Challenges & Opportunities, is a webinar by Austrade that unpacks the challenges and opportunities presented by online learning in Indonesia.Register by April 20 here.
  • The Role of Women in Driving Inclusive Economic Growth is an In Conversation webinar by the AIC & Victorian government that brings together successful female business leaders. Register by 21 April here.
  • Asialink Business in collaboration with the City of Sydney presents a free online Asia Business Events Series to equip Sydney-based SMEs with key insights and capabilities to explore business opportunities in Asia. Events held on April 20 & May 25, register here.
  • Inspiring Indonesia Talk Series in Bahasa is hosting Ms Suliyanti, the Principal at Eastern Cross Training to share her knowledge about the Food and Beverage Industry. AIYA Sydney members can join for free & brush up on their Bahasa Indonesia! Register by April 22 here.
  • The Future of Indonesia’s Foreign Trade webinar is a conversation with the Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Muhammad Lutfi, to discuss the direction of Indonesia’s trade policies in the face of the pandemic & long-term global value chain. Register by April 22 here.
  • Melbourne-Bandung Innovation Series continues brings together entrepreneurs to share learned experiences in the second event with the theme ‘Creative Approach to Tourism’. Register to attend online on April 28 here.
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia is hosting an Introductory Postgraduate Session. If you are a postgraduate student conducting research on Asia and are interested in joining ASAA, come to this online sesion on 29 April, 12:30pm – 1:30pm AEST. Zoom link here.
  • Queensland Hour – Indonesia invites Indonesian teachers and HR professionals from all industries to join this webinar. The webinar will introduce a the Australian Leadership Academy’s holistic approach to educational needs in Indonesia. Register for April 29 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.


  • World Bank Group is seeking a Social Sustainability & Inclusion specialist to assist in tackling development issues. The candidate must be bilingual and the position is stationed in Jakarta. Apply by April 16, more info here.
  • Grab Internship Program untuk para mahasiswa tingkat akhir dan fresh graduate di seluruh Indonesia. Lewat program ini, kamu dapat berkesempatan untuk belajar dari rekan kerja, mentor serta pemimpin. Pelajari lebih lanjut mengenai hal ini disini.
  • 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.
  • Australian Volunteers is temporarily suspending overseas placements but are continuing to support partner organisations through remote volunteering. If you’re interested in volunteering in-country then check-out a range of opportunities here.
  • Victoria University has a number of Masters research projects for outstanding international applicants residing outside of Australia and commencing study in 2021. More info here.
  • Education Counsellor Australia (Kebun Jeruk) is a position with IDP Education. The candidate will counsel students on AU studies and liaise with Australian universities. More info 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.
  • KIAT is seeking two Indonesian-based professional photographers to work at program sites in Palembang, South Sumatra and Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi. Apply by April 22 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.
  • Prospera is seeking a Corporate Financial Analyst to support the Government of Indonesia. The Analyst should have expertise and experience in examining and commenting corporate’s balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, and other key financial reports to extract the key performance indicator and issues. Apply by April 26 here.
  • ACICIS Virtual Indonesian Language Short Course in Winter 2021! Learn Bahasa Indonesia through intensive online classes and interactive cultural sharing activities with local Indonesian students. $1,600 New Colombo Plan mobility grants are available to support eligible university students. Apply by 1 May 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.
  • 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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