Indonesia is Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour, a key player in Southeast Asia, a member of the G20 and an emerging economic force in business, technology and education.
But if current trends continue, Bahasa Indonesia in Australian schools will experience an irreversible crisis. Without nation-wide policies, consistent data, funding and collective support, Indonesian could be relegated to a forgotten corner of our education experiences.
In the news
- Jakarta is ready to take on Brisbane for the 2032 Olympic bid. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in February that it had picked the Australian city as “the preferred partner to start talks for the Games”, but Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) is still forging ahead to win the race. (Jakarta Post)
- As Indonesia pushes forward with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the nation faces substantial obstacles. Trying to administer vaccines to an archipelagic population of 260 million people spread over 6000 islands is no small task. But logistics and resources aside, Indonesia is facing a further hurdle: vaccine hesitancy. (New Mandala)
- The Australia Talks National Survey was released and shows a cultural shift in how younger Australian women view marriage and children. Whilst views are varied, the general trend is that people don’t need children to be fulfilled, women view marriage as outdated, and are having fewer children. (ABC)
- Could you make a Kampung Indonesia di Australia? One Indonesian man certainly has. Watch how Pak Mur brings culture and conversation at the grass-roots level to Australians (YouTube)
- 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.
- 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 (food court underneath library). 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
- 30 June- AIYA NSW is hosting a badminton day! This is a casual and friendly sports afternoon and will be at Sydney Olympics Park. $5 for AIYA members. More info here.
- Throughout June – Monsh Indonesia will become Indonesia’s first ever foreign University from October 2021, and welcome people interested in its study opportunities to attend one of its many info sessions that cover study options. Register here.
- 8 June- Inside Indonesia is hosting a webinar and edition launch for its latest edition on racism. Join Inside Indonesia and the writers of the latest edition on a discussion about their pieces. More info here.
- 8-10 June – Anti-Slavery Australia hosts its first national online modern slavery conference, to connect communities and build partnerships to learn & work together to prevent, detect and eliminate modern slavery. Register here.
- 12 June- AIYA’s Women’s Committee is hosting a seminar called ‘Stronger Together: Advocacy of Women’s Issues in Australia and Indonesia. Join two fantastic speakers on their journey in women’s rights advocacy in both Australia and Indonesia. The event will take place on zoom at 10 am WIB/ 1 pm AEST. Register here.
- 14 June – SSEAC hosts a conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers to provide a forum to bring together expertise on Southeast Asia from postgraduates and early career researchers at the University of Sydney and beyond. Register here.
- 19-20 June- Taronga zoo will be hosting an Eid event to celebrate the end of Ramadan. 50% discount on single tickets for the festive weekend using promo code EIDIND21. 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. .
- 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.
- Austrade is seeking a Business Development Manager-Agribusiness & Food Will, based in Jakarta, to provide services to Australian companies looking to expand to Indonesia. Apply before 29 May here.
- ISD is hiring a Digital Skills Consultant to work to provide advice and assistance to the IACEPA Economic Cooperation Program (Katalis) on skills gaps in the digital economy sector in Indonesia. Apply here.
- AIHSP is seeking for a full-time National Project Coordinator (COVID-19 Response) who will be the key focal point for technical engagement with the Ministry of Health on behalf of AIHSP in order to strengthen the Indonesian Government’s capacity in implementing the ‘Track and Trace’ system. Apply here before 30 May.
- AIHSP is seeking four part-time Subnational Activity Coordinators (COVID-19 Response) based in Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali and South Sulawesi, who will provide technical assistance on: strengthening the ‘Track and Trace’ system. Apply here before 30 May.
- Prospera IA-CEPA ECP (Katalis) seeks to recruit an economic research firm that will work in partnership with Katalis and Bappenas to develop a research methodology. Bidders must submit proposals by 31 May. More info 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.
- Austrade is looking for a General Manager, Investment & Sectors, to be posted in Sydney or Melbourne. GM has ultimate accountability for Austrade’s program to attract productive FDI through the provision of services to investors, and the Sector Centres of Excellence. Apply by 1 June here.
- AFP requires an Administrative Assistant in Bali to provide support capability across AFP engagement with the Indonesian National Police & law enforcement agencies. Apply by June 3 here.
- DFAT is hiring a Unit Manager to oversee KIAT & PROSPERA, and manage risk and ensure contract compliance by our managing contractor. Apply by June 6 here.
- OnlinePajak’s Sydney office is seeking a Senior Software Developer to join their team. OnlinePajak is an Indonesian startup in the Indonesian taxation space with offices in Jakarta, Singapore and Sydney. Bonus for candidates who speak fluent Indonesian, but it is not a requirement. 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
- Twitter is currently seeking a Communications Manager to report to the Head of Communications for Southeast Asia to craft and execute PR/communications programs and activities for Twitter in Indonesia and Malaysia, based in the company’s Jakarta office. Apply here.
- Youtube is seeking a Strategic Partner Manager on the Content Partnerships team based in Jakarta where they will provide a unique opportunity to create long-lasting relationships with a portfolio of partners, and to apply and hone business skills in an entrepreneurial environment. More info 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Asian Studies Association Australia is funding numerous prizes, awards and grants for publication, workshops, and postdoctoral writing in 2021. Applications open, more information 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.