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 addition to being the first Saturday of the month, the 2nd of October 2021 marks the 11th annual celebration of batik, an ancient tradition from Indonesia. Twelve years ago, on the 2nd of October 2009, UNESCO designated batik as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Since then, the 2nd of October has been declared as Hari Batik Nasional (National Batik Day) to commemorate this enactment and to pay extra attention to one of Indonesia’s most renowned brand marks. Read this week’s AIYA blog post here to learn more about how Batik is celebrated across nations.
  • Dua belas tahun yang lalu, pada tanggal 2 Oktober 2009, UNESCO menetapkan batik sebagai Mahakarya Warisan Budaya Lisan dan Takbenda Manusia (bahasa Inggris: Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity). Semenjak saat itu, tanggal 2 Oktober ditetapkan sebagai Hari Batik Nasional (bahasa Inggris: National Batik Day) untuk memperingati penetapan ini serta memberikan perhatian tambahan kepada ikon Indonesia yang paling terkenal ini. Baca blog AIYA minggu ini di sini untuk mengetahui bagaimana Batik dirayakan di dunia.


  • 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.
    • Our second book club meeting will be on 24 October at 7pm AEST / 4pm WIB, discussing ‘Talking to My Country’ by Wiradjuri man Stan Grant. 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 FLEX will be on the 19th 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. 
  • 2-3 October Based in NTT? Want to join AIYA? Make sure to come to the AIYA NTT AGM! Nominations for the executive committee are open to please submit a nomination here by 2 October, the AGM itself will be conducted on 3 October here, all current AIYA members are eligible to vote. 
  • 6 October AIBC is hosting its inaugural “Ngobrol Series” (“In Conversation Series”) of events, and are excited to welcome special guest, Ms. Noni Purnomo, Chair and former President Director of the Bluebird Group. Register here.
  • 7 October The Indonesian Embassy Canberra invites AIYA members to attend an online seminar at 1pm AEDT with the theme ‘Sustainability of Batik as Indonesia’s heritage for the world: Opportunities and Challenges’. Meeting ID: 891 330 5359 Password: Batikcbr
  • 8 – 17 October Ubud Writers & Readers Festival The Festival moves forward with the theme drawn from a Balinese-Hindu philosophy, Mulat Sarira, interpreted in English as Self-Reflection. Register now.
  • 10 October AIYA WA are hosting a public screening of the ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Film Festival Premier. Buy tickets here.
  • 10 October ReelOzInd! 2021 kembali untuk tahun keenamnya dengan festival online yang tayang. More info here.
  • 22 October the University of Sydney’s Sydney Southeast Asia Centre will host SSEAC Residency Workshops to provide support to emerging scholars to write an article on their Southeast Asia-related research. Apply by 22 October here.


  • KIAT (Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastrukur) is looking for a Research Manager (Infrastructure) to help strengthen KIAT’s overall delivery of infrastructure assistance in Indonesia. Apply by 3 October here.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is looking for a Personnel Officer, Payroll & Leave. Apply by 3 October here.
  • PROSPERA is hiring an Economics Sub-Editor to edit and proofread publications. Apply by 5 October here.
  • Kopernik is looking for an Analyst or Senior Analyst who will work with our Operations and Partnerships Team to provide a range of services as part of our ongoing projects and other strategic initiatives. Apply by 5 October here.
  • Kopernik is looking for a Finance Assistant to help the Finance Team in managing day-to-day operations of the department. Apply by 5 October here.
  • AASYP (ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership) is looking for a Business Development Officer. Apply by 7 October here.
  • Australian National University’s Department of Political and Social Change is hiring a research fellow/lecturer to produce world-leading research on Indonesian politics and/or social change, and to teach, supervise students, and engage in service. Apply by 10 October here.
  • Kopernik is looking for a highly motivated, versatile and creative web developer to maintain and enhance our multilingual website and digital platforms, as well as to support our digital initiatives and marketing strategy. Apply by 11 October here.
  • Prospera is seeking to recruit a Digital Adviser to report to the Head of Markets and Competitiveness. Apply by 11 October here.
  • The Australian Embassy Indonesia has an immediate need to fill a number of Program Manager positions in the Rural Development, Education, Quality and Risk, and Disaster and Climate Resilience units. Apply by 14 October here.
  • Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastrukur (KIAT) is looking for an Evaluation Specialist to review KIAT’s support on improving the Government of Indonesia quality of spending in infrastructure. Apply by 15 October here.
  • The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is looking for a new Executive Director to continue to deepen and broaden its research programs and funding sources. Apply by 17 October here.
  • SSEAC is open for applications for research grants that support your engagement with Southeast Asia. Apply by 22 October here.
  • Australia-Indonesia Institute (AAI) Indonesian Studies Awards recognises the achievements and contributions of Indonesian language teachers, researchers, and leaders in Indonesian cultural outreach in Australia. Each award recipient will receive a certificate and cash prize of $1000. The 2021 award recipients will be announced at the NAILA Virtual Awards Ceremony in December. Nominate yourself or another person here by 31 October.
  • ASAH Emerging Scholar Award is receiving submissions for academic papers on any subject in Asian Humanities. Submit your academic papers here and get the chance to win the award of 200 AUD. Submissions closed on 31 January 2022.
  • Asia Society – Melbourne Asia Game Changer. Nominate a Game Changer making a positive difference to Australia’s relationship with Asia, and join the award in November. Nominate here
  • Western Australia Indonesia Forum is calling for abstract submissions for its forum held in November. Submit here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OnlinePajak Tech is looking for a SRE/DevOps Engineer to bring a DevOps presence to our delivery hub in Sydney. 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. 
  • ​​Bukalapak is looking to expand their operations to Australia by building a world-class engineering team who will help to build new products including a payments platform that will be integrated into Bukalapak’s core suite of products. Apply here.
  • AASYP (ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership) looking for a WordPress Designer to redesign and implement attractive and functional landing pages for our official website on WordPress. Apply here.

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