Over the past two decades, the story of Indonesian language learning in Australian schools has been one of gradual decline. If current trends continue, Bahasa Indonesia in Australian schools will experience an irreversible crisis – caught between some positive efforts in primary schools and ever-dwindling student numbers in the secondary years.

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In the news


  • 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
  • Throughout June – Monash 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.
  • 7 June – AIYA NSW x BBBINSW x ITPC Sydney x IndoLitClub is hosting ‘Inspiring Inspiring Indonesia Talk 3 – IT and Digital Industry’. Join this opportunity to learn in-person from Mr Erwin Soehendra, the Founder and CEO at Business Solution Consulting. Register here.
  • 8 June – AIYA ‘More Than Batik’ will explore the richness and diversity of Indonesian Art, and the vital role art plays in understanding and connections between communities. The webinar will be held at 4.30pm AEST. 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.
  • Bali Beat – Established in March 2020, The Bali Beat gathers together the biggest news and each day’s COVID-19 data on the Island of the Gods Subscribe. Follow Bali’s latest articles 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.

On the Blog

  • The focus on the inequality and injustices suffered by women have become ever more pertinent.  In Australia, for example, 2021 has been marked with a greater shift of focus within public discourse towards the safety and basic human rights of women as well as the inequality that women suffer. A number of women marches took place in March of this year, following allegations of sexual misconduct in parliament. In Indonesia, a yearly women’s march has taken place for a number of years in commemoration of Indonesia’s hero of women emancipation, Kartini. Read this week’s blog here.
  • Nusa Tenggara Timur, gugusan pulau- pulau tropis  yang terkenal elok dan eksotik, kumpulan dataran di ujung selatan Indonesia yang memunggungi Samudra Hindia. Di balik menawan pesonanya, tentu juga menyimpan potensi bahaya alamiah yang turut membayangi. Benar, baru saja tagar #PrayForNTT menggaung di kancah nasional seiring tangis duka di penjuru daerah di Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). Ratap pilu akibat dicederai “Seroja” si Badai Siklon Tropis terjadi sangat cepat, yang sekonyong – konyong memporak porandakan manusia. Baca selengkapnya di sini.


  • AIYA’s Women Committee ‘Penpal Ladies’ is receiving applications. Selected participants will be paired up with women from Australia or Indonesia to experience exchanging postcards over the eight weeks. Apply by 15 June here.
  • Alkimos College is seeking someone who can teach Japanese, Indonesian or Italian from Year 7 and build the program from the ground up. Submit your applications here by 17 June.
  • 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.
  • DFAT is seeking a part-time Payroll Officer that requires a high level of attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) Terms and Conditions of Employment. Apply by 13 June here.
  • Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) is looking for a Senior Program Manager who will be be part of the CSIRO Indonesia Office in the Australian Embassy. Submit your applications no later than 13 June here.
  • Deakin University is hiring Senior Lecturer in Education (Language and Literacy Education) to teach, undertake research and publish in a discipline of relevance to the LLL and which is complementary to their existing work. Apply before 6 June 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.
  • Cardno Towards a Strong and Prosperous Indonesian Society (MAHKOTA) is currently requesting proposals from a Firm to Undertake Evaluation Study on MAHKOTA’s Contribution Towards Indonesia’s National Poverty Data System. The submission deadline is on 15 June. More information here.
  • Scope Global is hiring a Communications Officer to provide administration and support services to DFAT’s New Colombo Plan. This role includes a range of marketing, comms and stakeholder management responsibilities. Apply by June 16 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
  • 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.
  • 30 June – Women in Asia Conference is calling for presentations in the format of  paper, and video and audio podcasts of 8 minutes in length. Submissions open until 30 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.

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