Australia’s new ambassador to Indonesia, Penny Williams, is the country’s first woman envoy in Jakarta and has begun her tenure after submitting her letters of credentials to the government on Wednesday. Williams was one of four ambassadors-designate who presented their credentials to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Istana Merdeka state palace in Central Jakarta, together with envoys from Ecuador, Ireland and Mauritius.

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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.
    • Our next online language exchange will be on the 5th September
  • 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. 
  • 4 September The Innovation Sprint is a workshop-style webinar that introduces participants to social entrepreneurship and its applications in diplomacy, with a focus on Southeast Asia. Register participation here.
  • 5 September Spark Deakin has extended its deadline to receive pitches for business ideas that seek to provide solutions to one of the four Shared City Challenges of Melbourne and Bandung. More info here.
  • 7 September IABC is running an online event to explore the IA-CEPA, with the topic, ‘Global Talent Visa: Unlocking Australian Immigration Opportunities’. Register here.
  • 7-9 September RDI UREF x SUAKAis 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.
  • 8 September The online book launch for David Jenkins’ Young Soeharto: the making of a soldier, 1921-1945 with Gareth Evans. Register to attend here.
  • 10 September OzAlum hosts online quizzes so that you can plan your next online social get-together on a fun interactive forum.This quiz is open to all alumni from Indonesia who have studied in Australia and students who are currently studying in Australia. Tell your friends, register as a team, and submit your answers before September 10th, and you could win prizes from Australia Global Alumni. Register here.
  • 15 September Indonesia Update. In sickness and in health: diagnosing Indonesia. Join the conference which examines the extent to which Indonesia’s health system has succeeded in dealing with the many challenges it faces (ANU Project). Register here.
  • 15-17 September The ANU is holding a 3-day conference, themed ‘2021 Indonesia Update. In sickness and in health: diagnosing Indonesia’, exploring Indonesia’s health care and its challenges. Register here.
  • 16 September 2021 IndOz Conference ‘IA-CEPA: From Good Neighbours to Strategic Partner’ will provide an opportunity to learn from key players, benefit from IA-CEPA, practical ways to enter into the “next door” market, and to build a valuable network. The event will be held hybrid, both virtually and in Brisbane. More info here. Get a discounted rate as an AIYA member! To access this benefit, please email Dan at [email protected]
  • 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.
  • 30 September IS4 Webinar | Is there Indonesian history before 1945? Unconnected histories, and the (near) absence of postcolonial concerns. 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


  • ACICIS is receiving applications for Summer Professional Practica! Gain workplace skills and establish international networks in Indonesia in an area of your interest by undertaking a virtual internship from Jan-Feb 2022. $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grants available to support eligible Australian university students. Applications close 15 September. Find out more here
  • Prospera is seeking a Macro Economist and Senior Economist (Labour & Skills Team Lead) to work in assisting the Government of Indonesia. They will provide sound evidence-based analysis and advice in support of Indonesia’s workforce. Apply, respectively, here by 8 Sept, and here by 3 Sept.
  • 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 5 September here and get the chance to win cash prizes!
  • Kemitraan in partnership with the Dutch government, is seeking a consultant to join ‘The Protecting Human Rights Defenders for Sustainable Development in Indonesia Program’. Apply by 7 Sept here.
  • Prospera is hiring a new Research Officer (RO) to provide the analytical foundation for Prospera’s works in responding to emerging policy issues and framing macroeconomic policy issues. Apply by 8 Sept here.
  • CPD is recruiting a Communications Director (full-time or part-time). This is a new key leadership role for an innovative and collaborative individual with experience in media or government relations to build the profile of our work and organisation. Apply by 10 Sept here.
  • Yayasan Plan International Indonesia is hiring a Monitoring & Evaluation: Research & Knowledge Management specialist to play a key role in ensuring program objectives. Apply by 10 Sept here.
  • Brisbane City Council is hiring a Multicultural Affairs Partnership Manager. Applicants should have experience across event management, marketing, communications, fundraising and sponsorships. Apply by 12 Sept here.
  • CoWater International are seeking two locally-engaged candidates to work in the water sector. The national roles are Partnership Coordinator and Jr Engineer (water utilities); apply, respectively, by 10 Sept here, and 17 Sept here.
  • Prospera seeks to recruit two interns and a Senior Economist (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team Lead) to lead an Innovation and Entrepreneurship team to assist the Government of Indonesia to achieve inclusive, and sustainable growth. Apply for either position by 14 Sept here or here.
  • The Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Program is hiring a Research Associate to work on an exciting new project analysing international aid flows in Southeast Asia and delivering the results in an innovative interactive format. Apply by 15 Sept here.
  • 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.
  • WA Education Dep. is creating a pole of part-time and full-time language teachers. Apply by 1 Oct 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.
  • Asia Society – Melbourne Asia Game Changer. Nominate a Game Changer making a positive difference to Australia’s relationship with Asia. Nominate here
  • 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.
  • 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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