There are many hypotheses about where the Indigenous ancestors first settled in Australia tens of thousands of years ago, but evidence is scarce. Recent research advances knowledge about the most likely routes those early Australians travelled as they peopled this giant continent. Sea levels were much lower and Australia was connected to New Guinea and Tasmania in a land known as Sahul that was 30% bigger than Australia is today.

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  • 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
  • Sydney, Thursday 13 May- Malam Karier 2021 provides Australian & Indonesian corporate insights to help position yourself for professional success in a post-COVID world. This event is run by AIYA NSW, ISA NSW, Macquarie University, PPIA USyd & PPIA UTS and is supported by Arkblu. Tickets are $5 for AIYA members, $10 for non-members. Register before May 13 here.
  • Until 15 May- Beyond Home Borders’ Fundraising Festival is holding multiple interesting events, e.g. developing a pitch, cooking lesson & discussion about including children’s view in literature. Money raised supports Indonesian literature projects.Register here.
  • Melbourne, 22 May- AIYA VIC x Sanggar Lestari are hosting Batik Workshop! Learn about batik making on 22 May at 12pm – 2pm AEST in Kathleen Syme Library, Activity room 1&2. $10 entry fee for AIYA members and $20 for non-members. Register soon here.
  • 25 May- ReelOzInd Retrospective Film screening with Q&A is part of the Victorian Government’s Education Week 2021, the Australia-Indonesia. Register to attend on May 25 here.
  • 25 May- 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. Register here.
  • 31 May- APSA Asia Program is calling for applications for its Virtual Program (July/Aug): “Evolution and Challenges in Local Governance in Asia”. The workshop brings together 12 selected scholars to advance research related to local governance and decentralization across Asia. Apply 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. . 
  • 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.


  • ANU is seeking a Research Officer to provide comprehensive support on a diverse range of research, engagement and administrative activities as part of the ANZSOG Canberra team. Apply by May 9 here.
  • Young Australians in International Affairs Fellowship Program promotes the voice of the next generation over  6 months of regularly contributing articles on its blog,  Insights. Open to 18-30 year olds, apply by May 9 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.
  • Katalis Collaborative Hub requires a Short-term Senior International Trade Policy Adviser to assist in the development and implementation of a Work Plan to assist the Government of Australia. Apply by May 16 here.
  • Prospera has an opportunity for an Economist (Disability Inclusion) to undertake analytical and policy work as it supports the Government of Indonesia to realize its vision for disability inclusive development. Apply by May 17 here.
  • Katalis Collaborative Hub is seeking an Economist – Trade and Investment to provide high level, technical and public policy research, advice and analysis to the Katalis team and program. APply by May 25 here
  • Palladium is positioning itself to respond to a Request for Tender for a DFAT-funded, regional economic development program in Southeast Asia. There are several positions available here.
  • DFAT person in Jakarta as a Senior Program Manager (Infrastructure) to oversee the day-to-day management of infrastructure development activities across the transport sector. More info here.
  • DigTech ASEAN promotes digital literacy amongst the ASEAN youth. In its initial phase, co-founders are excited to be hiring an Indonesian to join the team. Apply during May here.
  • Australian Council for International Development requires a Partnerships Team Leader to network and coordinate different international programs and stakeholders. International policy experience is expected. Apply by May 12 here.
  • The Victorian Government is hiring a Strategic Advisor, for its Jakarta office, with experience in providing both strategic and operational support at the executive level. Apply by May 13 here.
  • AsiaLink is hiring a Manager, Advisory & Insights, to lead teams delivering client advisory services focused on conducting business in Asia and developing public thought leadership reports. Apply by May 16 here.
  • ANU is hiring a Research Communications Coordinator to contribute your communications expertise to promote the Centre’s research with a focus on aid, the Pacific and PNG, and development policy. Apply by May 24 here.
  • ADB Smart Cities Datathon is challenging innovators (startups, students, research organizations and independent researchers, corporate partners) around the world to tackle the following problem statement. Register by May 31 to join here.
  • Asia Education Foundation is conducting research on the rationale for learning Indonesian language and studies in Australian schools, to help education policy makers, school leaders, communities and students. They need you, as an Australian that knows Indonesian, to complete a questionnaire by June here.
  • Palladium is hiring a Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor to work with the Australian and Indonesian governments in improving education. Applications must be bilingual. More info here
  • Google Indonesia is seeking an Account Manager (English, Bahasa Indonesia) to systematically build and cultivate relationships with customers to unlock incremental business through those relationships. More info 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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