Universities have been citing economic pressures due to COVID-19 and the loss of international students. However, these closures are also the result of a lack of federal and state government support for the humanities and for Asian languages. Australian universities stand to lose both important academic and cultural assets with these closures.

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  • The title of this article may sound like something a drunk person at a party would try to convince you of. However, our current understanding of modern medicine and vaccines, including the vaccine used in our fight against COVID-19 was due to a legacy left behind by European colonial powers in Indonesia. Click here to read how Dutch Imperialism of Indonesia would lead to the creation of one of the few vaccine producing companies in the world.


  • 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 Kathleen Syme Library, Multipurpose room 2. 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 QLD Motion Talks – Integrating Sustainability: Career and Day-to-Day collaborating with PPIA is hosting a webinar to discuss careers in sustainability and climate action. The session will be on 24 April at 1pm AEST. Register here.
  • AIYA JaBar – How to Build Social Skills: Indonesian & Australian Perspectives invites you to join this webinar to improve public speaking. In collaboration with UNIKOM Bandung, the event will be held on 24 April at 5pm AEST/ 2pm WIB. Register here.
  • AIYA ACT – Academic Panel in collaboration with ANU CAPSS will discuss the historical trade between the Northern Territory and Makassar and its relevance to Indonesia and Australia in 2021. Event held on 29 April at 6pm AEST / 3pm WIB via Zoom. Register here.
  • AIYA ACT – Cooking Lesson with Tante Avi will teach you how to make Sop Ayam! The event will be held offline and online on 30 April 5pm AEST. Limited space, stay tuned here.
  • AIYA VIC x Krakatoas Football Club are getting together to play football and have a BBQ! Event held on 2 May 12pm – 2pm AEST at Fawkner Park. Register here and more info here.
  • Melbourne-Bandung: Resilience Innovations will discuss sustainable solutions to combat the challenges of climate change. Get inspired to ‘think global’ in this multi-city online discussion on 28 April 4pm AEDT. Register here and see other sessions here.
  • ANU Indonesia Institute will have an online discussion about researching in Indonesia without fieldwork in an age of COVID-19. Webinar held on Apr 29 2pm AEST. Register here.
  • Indonesian Social Science Seminar Series (IS4) first instalment will invite scholars to explore the political language of Islamic populism in Indonesia. The webinar will be held on 30 April 10am AEST. Register 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.
  • 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 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.


  • AIYA National is looking for a digital event officer and digital education officer! Send in your applications before 12 May. Find out more about these positions here and here.
  • Australian Consulate-General, Makassar is seeking a Head of Post Executive Assistant/Research Support Officer who will provide high-level executive, administrative and organisational support, undertake research, and organise official events. Vacancy closes on 3 May at 11.30 pm WIB. Register 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.
  • Cardno is looking for a Contractor Representative who will act as a conduit between program delivery teams, clients and Cardno ID Team. The position is suitable for those interested in international development. Apply by 5pm 2 May here.
  • Perth USAsia Centre hosts a winter break Internship Program for university students with passions for: international relations; economics, business and trade; Asian studies; or international law. Find out more here.
  • ACFID (Australian Council for International Development) has several full-time and voluntary positions open for those passionate to end world poverty and injustice. Find out the selection criteria here.
  • WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation is seeking 3 motivated and talented managers to join the Invest and Trade Western Australia division. Closing date is on 30 April at 12pm AWST, register here.
  • ReelOzInd! 2021 is receiving submissions for the sixth Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition until 1 August. Read the guideline here and submit your film here. Get a chance to win AUD15,000 prize pool!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Asian Studies Association Australia is funding numerous prizes, awards and grants for publication, workshops, and postdoctoral writing in 2021. Applications open, more information 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.
  • 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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