The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on international education. However, despite – or perhaps because of – these limitations, educational partnerships between Australia and Indonesia have flourished, supported by many informal online learning abroad programs by associations such as AIYA.

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  • AIYA Indigenous Engagement Events! Kumpul, AIYA’s Indigenous Engagement Committee have worked to construct and host some events in celebration:
    • First Nations Book Club has its inaugural launch this year, it promotes the importance of incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the work we do in building the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Meet bi-monthly to read a diverse range of books by Indigenous Australian authors. Sign-up 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 on Discord and open to anyone with any level of Indonesian and English 
    • 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 second Wednesday, 6pm, Old Shanghai Northbridge. Follow @aiya_wa on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
  • 13 – 14 August Congress of Indonesian Diaspora 6: Post Covid-19 “A Stronger Indonesia with Diaspora” aims to foster partnership among Indonesian diaspora communities and to inspire them to be a tangible force for a stronger Indonesia. Get your ticket here.
  • 14 August KJRI Melbourne, AIBC Vic, PPIA Vic, PPIA Tas, AIYA Vic and Buset are hosting a ‘Business Coaching Series’ throughout August. Join the third episode of the series at 11am AEST to learn about business ethics, models and innovation. Register here.
  • 15 August AIYA National – 17an Trivia is on at 1pm WIB/4pm AEST. Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day with fun quizzes and get the chance to win interesting prizes. More info here.
  • 18-20 August ‘360 Lightning Speed’: Australia-Indonesia Start-up Virtual Speed Dating Event is looking for start-ups to pitch to several Venture Capitals to receive funding. Apply here.
  • 19 August Join AIYA for a special webinar where you will hear from a number of successful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) professionals on their career developments and STEM opportunities in Australia and Indonesia. Register here.
  • 24 August ACICIS Virtual Open Day showcases the variety of opportunities available for university students to virtually study in Indonesia through ACICIS. Open for students and professionals in student mobility. See the schedule and register by 19 Aug here.
  • 26 August The University of Sydney is hosting a webinar on ‘The Precarious Past: Historical Practices in Premodern Java’ at 5pm AEST. Join Dr Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan as he steps back into the past to explore how the premodern Javanese recorded history. Sign up here.
  • 27 August Asialink is hosting a talk “The Rise of Women in Diplomacy” to unpack the challenges faced by Australian women in international diplomacy and public service. Sue Boyd, one of only four female Australian ambassadors in the world, will be presenting at 10:45am-12pm AEST in Sydney Myer Asia Centre, UniMelb. Register 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.
  • 29 September ‘Citizens of the World: Indonesian Studies in Australia’ is an international conference (webinar) hosted by Melbourne University that will bring together Language, Culture and Area Studies experts and the broader Indonesia and Southeast Asia-interested community. Together, they will engage in a critical dialogue about past, current and future directions in Indonesian studies. Register here.
  • AIMEP is fundraising to provide emergency relief to Indonesians impacted by COVID. Oxygen tanks, self-isolation support, and burial funds are desperately needed. Donate here.
  • Academics in Australia are supporting Indonesia’s COVID-19 response alongside PPNI JaTim and WeCare. Donate to provide support for nurses and their families fighting COVID-19 here.
  • Bali Beat was 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


  • AIYA has current openings for Special Projects Coordinator, Kumpul Special Project Officer, and Treasurer. Join the dynamic National Team! Apply by 18 August. Position descriptions here.
  • AusTrade is hiring a Marketing Manager in Jakarta. Work closely with the Senior Content and Communications Manager, to support the delivery of initiatives that will promote Australian industry capability in Indonesia. Apply here by 16 August.
  • Cardno seeks to recruit an Economist for the team of Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (CMEA) Hub. The role will be to bring strong economic analytic and policy assessment to Prospera’s support of government agencies and work with stakeholders. Apply before 16 August here.
  • Asia Society Australia is seeking a Research Associate. Join a growing, purpose-driven team in a pre-eminent global organisation and contribute to shaping the national and global discourse on Asia and Australia-Asia relations. See position description here, closing date 16 August. 
  • PRISMA is the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Incomes through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA), funded by the Australian Government and implemented in cooperation with the Government of Indonesia. They a hiring two bilingual Communications Specialists. Apply for the Comms Content role here and Visual Comms role here.
  • CFAS Unhan (Center for Australian Studies Universitas Nasional) launched a Video Competition with the theme of ‘Australia’. Channel your creativity through this competition. More information and send your submissions here by 17 August.
  • I C Red Cross is hiring a Regional Coordinator for Global Affairs to directly manage the Global Affairs team in Jakarta. Apply by 20 August here.
  • NAILA 2021 Speech Competition is receiving submissions. With the theme ‘Travel’ or ‘Bepergian’ with 7 categories open to anyone from primary school all the way to professionals. Make sure to submit your application by 31 August. More info here.
  • SPARK Deakin Melbourne – Bandung Innovation Series is hosting a pitch competition. Pitch your solution on inclusive entrepreneurship, resilience innovations, creative approaches to tourism, or public health innovation. Submit your ideas by 1 September here and get the chance to win cash prizes!
  • AIYEP (Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program) 2021 is receiving applications from Australian youth aged between 21-25 years. Managed by DFAT and Value Learning, AIYEP combines online learning; a business internship, language skills, access to Australian-Indonesian experts and opportunities to build on your intercultural skills in this comprehensive 7-week program. Send your applications here by 20 September.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is celebrating the exemplary and diverse contributions of alumni, and are asking you to nominate candidates. View award criteria and make your nominations by 23 September here.
  • Digoel Agri Group is seeking a chartered accountant who is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia to support developing innovative operations in Indonesia. Apply here.
  • ACICIS Virtual Public Health Study Tour (PHST) is open for registration until 1 October. This two-week intensive program is a unique opportunity for Australian students to hear from leading health professionals, policy-makers and community health workers in Indonesia. Register here for the Summer cohort.
  • Do you have a great Indonesia-Australia business development idea that needs connecting and support? Submit your ideas to Katalis through its business portal here. Proposals can be submitted all year, and will be subject to approval from the governments of Indonesia and Australia. 
  • Lakoat Kujawas is calling for proposals for the 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.
  • Jakarta Independent Film Festival (JIFF) welcomes submissions from independent filmmakers from around the world for the 2021 Edition. Check out the rules and regulations here.
  • New Naratif, a movement for democracy, freedom of information, and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia, is hiring Democracy Researcher, Migration Reporter, and Operations Manager. Apply here.
  • Asia Options has two vacant positions; Marketing Specialist and Country Correspondent Roles to join the team. See here for more info.
  • 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.
  • 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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