Bali is welcoming back foreign tourists from select countries including China, Japan and New Zealand this week as virus numbers ease on the island and across the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia hopes to see Australian travellers return to Bali by the end of the year and is ready to talk to the Morrison government about how to get them back.

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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.
    • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 16 October Australia-ASEAN Muslim Exchange Program is holding an information session on how to apple to  join a cohort of 30 young and emerging Muslim leaders from across Australia and the ASEAN region to participate in the transformative online program! Register 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 here.
  • 27 October join AIB’s inaugural Food & Agriculture Group information & discussion session. Facilitators will talk to their experiences trading to Indonesia, the good, the bad and the challenging. Register here.
  •   The session aims to welcome all Food & Agriculture businesses that are either actively trading to Indonesia or with interest to expand their business into Indonesia. 
  • 28 October IS4 Webinar brings together social science experts to discuss “Social media, politics, and schismatic algorithms in Indonesia”. The webinar will be held at 9pm WIB. Register here.
  • 28 October AIBC is hosting its 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 5pm AEDT to elect the positions of National President, National Vice President and National Treasurer. Register here
  • 30 October AIYA QLD is hosting its annual ‘Games in The Park’! Come join for free food, games and lots of laughter in Orleigh Park at 2pm AEDT. Get the chance to win prizes. More info here.


  • AIYA NSW is recruiting volunteers to fill various positions, including Vice President, Treasurer, and Officers. Apply here by 20 October.
  • AIYA SulSel is accepting nominations for President, Vice President, and Secretary that will be up for election at the AGM on 6 November. Apply here by 5 November.
  • NAILA is receiving public votes for People’s Choice Award 2021 before 26 November. Cast your vote for your favourite performance here!
  • Vic Gov Indonesian Teaching Jobs there are several vacant roles for Indonesian teachers at Gladesville Primary School (closing on 18/10), Corryong College (19/10), Newport Lakes Primary School (21/10) and Portland Secondary College (24/10). Apply for positions 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.
  • Prospera is hiring an Economist (Budget Policy) to assist the Government of Indonesia (GOI) counterparts to develop and improve fiscal policies and strategies to undertake economic analysis. Apply by 18 October here.
  • ABC International has an exciting opportunity for a Social and Digital Producer to reach and engage new and existing international digital audiences across the Indo-Pacific region. Apply by 26 Oct here.
  • Asia Studies Association of Australia is open for applications to join the 2022 ASAA Conference Postgraduate Day!. Are you a postgraduate student conducting Asia-focused research? Apply here.
  • Fortescue Future Industries is hiring a Global Governance & Compliance Graduate to run the day-to-day oversight of the Company’s Business Integrity Compliance Program. Apply by 29 Oct here.
  • A2ELP is the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program. Social entrepreneurs can apply to join the region’s leading entrepreneurs in bespoke workshops, networking and collaboration, and become part of the A2ELP alumni. Apply by 31 Oct here.
  • Asia Options publishes online journalism for Australians interested in exploring educational, professional and leadership opportunities in Asia. They are looking for voluntary writers, a marketing specialist and an Indonesian correspondent. Apply for positions by 31 Oct here.
  • SSEAC (Sydney Southeast Asia Centre) is open for applications for research grants that support your engagement with Southeast Asia. Apply by 22 October here.
  • Australian Strategic Policy Institute is hiring a Lead and Project Officer to coordinate the development and execution of professional development programs. Apply for positions by 31 Oct here.
  • AII 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
  • 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.
  • 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) is 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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