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In the news

  • Dr Jane Ahlstrand shares her journey preparing to participate in the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) competition in the past. Listen to her experience with NAILA as a former participant, awardee, and judge here. (SBS Indonesian)
  • Despite its untouched beauty and palm-lined beaches, Maluku or Moluccas is often forgotten by the central government. One way to change the situation is through its thriving music scene. (ABC News)
  • Lanie Wayan Harris, tidak memiliki darah Bali, tidak juga lahir di Indonesia. Tapi nama tengahnya punya cerita yang berawal dari perjalanan orangtuanya ke Bali dengan perahu. (ABC News)
  • As of late June 2021, Indonesia had reported 1.9 million cases and over 54,000 deaths. However, there have been cases where the government downplays COVID-19, followed by unclear public information campaigns. (Inside Indonesia)

On the Blog

  • In celebration of Harmony Day & the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held each year on 21 March, AIYA’s Kumpul: Indigenous Engagement committee held a creative writing competition. The competition was judged by published author and former journalist, Lily Yulianti Farid who is the founder and current Director of the Makassar International Writers Festival. Read the winning piece titled “I.D.E.A as Idea Bank”, written by Michelle Marietta Secoa here.


  • 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.
  • 26 June – Monash Indonesia will cover the Introduction to Master of Public Policy and Management program at 1pm AEST/10am WIB. Register here.
  • 23-26 June – AIFIS-MSU Indonesian Studies Conference will be held featuring 10 parallel sessions on a wide range of topics from history, music, environmental issues, economy and many more. Registrations are now open here.
  • 26-27 June – Tempethon the first ever world’s virtual conference on Tempe! Sign up here and discover the latest innovations, recipes, health benefits, and stories behind Tempe, Indonesia’s best kept food secret.
  • 18-27 June – Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia is back! If you are based in Indonesia you can watch a selection of Australian and Indonesian films for free online here.
  • 27 June – Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia is hosting a virtual screening of ‘The Furnace.’ This Australian film screening is free for Indonesian viewers, and will be hosted at 1pm WIB. More info here. 
  • 28 June – FPCI (Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia) is hosting Indonesia’s 6-Month Economic and Political Review 2021. Join the in-depth discussion with experts here.
  • 1 July – AIYA NSW workshop at Haymarket HQ. The ‘branding yourself on LinkedIn’ workshop will discuss ways to stand out from the crowd when looking for opportunities online. $5 for AIYA members, $10 for non-members, event starts at 6:30pm AEST, register here.
  • 1 July – Perth USAsia Centre is holding a report launch, ‘Beyond the Bilateral: Regional Value Chains and the Next Phase of Australia-Indonesia Economic Engagement’. Held at 1pm WIB/4pm AEST, register here.
  • 3 July – AIYA QLD x ISAQ will hold a ‘As Worlds Divide’ movie screening. Filmed for eight years, the movie covers the lives of the Mentawai tribe who are losing connection with their land and cultures. Attend the screening at 3pm AEST in Queensland University of Technology, GP S512. Register here.
  • 7 July – SPARK Deakin is hosting a webinar on ‘Creative Approaches to Tourism,’ from experts in Melbourne and Bandung. This session aims to answer what tourism would look like in a post-COVID world. This will take place at 1pm WIB/4pm AEST, with more information here.
  • 7-9 September – RDI UREF x SUAKA is inviting you to join the Forced Displacement & Urban Management Conference. The Conference focuses on the theme of Right of the City, Space and Place, and Beyond Resettlement. More details 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 are 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.


  • PATHWAYS mentoring program has officially opened its second round! If you would like to become a mentor or mentee apply before 28 June here.
  • The 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards are now open for applications. Now in its third year, this initiative seeks to reshape the debate and confront Australia’s “bamboo ceiling” – the underrepresentation of Asian-Australians in leadership positions. Apply by 27 June here.
  • AIHSP is seeking a part-time Subnational Activity Coordinator (COVID-19 Response) based in Bali, who will provide technical assistance, further details here. Apply by 27 June.
  • Prospera is seeking a Senior Adviser (Budget Policy) to develop and improve fiscal policies and strategies. This job requires working closely with the Indonesian government to undertake economic analysis. Apply by 28 June here. 
  • Applications are open for the Alumni Grant Scheme 2021 Round 2. If you have an idea or initiative that can create a positive impact on your profession or community, it’s time to take it forward. Apply by 28 June here.
  • CIPS is opening an internship program for university students or fresh graduates as a Research Intern with interests in public policy research, advocacy, and the think tank world. Apply here.
  • Bukalapak is hiring a VP of Product Engineering. The position is based in Melbourne and will be responsible for engineers creating products that solve some of Indonesia’s MSMEs biggest pain points. Apply here.
  • 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.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre is seeking a Digital Communications Coordinator. If you would like to work in the Australia-Indonesia sphere and have a communication background, this is the job for you! Apply by 30 June here.
  • Australia Indonesia Awards nominations are closing soon! Nominations are closing on 30 June, so be sure to do the application beforehand here.
  • International Internships has two Indonesia related positions open! They are looking for a Participant Engagement Coordinator and a Placement Coordinator. If you are interested in facilitating better Indonesia-Australia relations, this is the position for you! Apply by 5 July here. 
  • ACT Education Directorate is recruiting teachers that are keen to deliver foreign language programs to their students in Canberra. If you are fluent in Indonesian, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, or Korean, send your applications here by 8 July.
  • KIAT is looking for a Lead Adviser, Urban Mobility. The position will coordinate and lead the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and sustainability of KIAT activities in the urban mobility activity stream within the transport sector. Apply by 9 July here.
  • DFAT is currently recruiting for the role of Director, Historical Research Section, the ideal candidate should be a specialist historian, able to contribute to other historical publications, engage with academics and the public to enhance understanding of Australian foreign policy. Applications close on 12 July.
  • ANU is hiring a Lecturer in Indonesian Language and studies. This position will be based in Canberra, with teaching beginning in Semester 1 2022. If you are a scholar that is looking to making substantial contribution to ANU’s Indonesian language program, apply by 15 July here.
  • AASYP is opening various positions in the Operations team and Non-Executive directorate. Join a community of passionate young leaders in the ASEAN-Australia region. Apply by 15 July here.
  • Katalis is looking for individuals to join their panel of experts across a range of sectors to maximise the implementation of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Check out the opportunity before it closes on 25 July here.
  • Ruth Daroesman Graduate Study Grant is accepting applications. The award aims to encourage research on topics relating to Indonesia to be undertaken by students enrolled in a post-graduate degree at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. More info here. Apply by 25 July.
  • 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!
  • NAILA 2021 competition is now open. With the theme ‘Travel’ or ‘Bepergian’ with 7 categories open to anyone from Kindergarten all the way to professionals. Make sure to submit your application by 31 August. More info here.
  • Lakoat Kujawas is calling for proposals for art residency program 2021-2022! The community of Taiftob Village, Mollo, NTT is open for collaboration with interdisciplinary artists and food activists. More info here.
  • Palladium is seeking an Education Consultant to work on their INOVASI program who will support the Ministry of Education and Culture by contributing to writing or the development of curriculum related documents, academic/research papers, reviews, guides, and other related documents. Apply 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.
  • OnlinePajak is looking for a Senior Product Analysis and Google Analytics, a Fullstack Engineer, and a Python Developer. These positions are based in Australia and have flexible working arrangements.
  • 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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