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  • In February 2020, a month before Indonesia recorded its first COVID case, Jokowi spoke to Australia’s parliament in Canberra, calling Australia Indonesia’s ‘closest friend’, who ‘never leaves Indonesia’s side during times of disaster’. But how true does this statement remain at the height of Indonesia’s COVID crisis? In this article, we’ll be examining the effects of the pandemic on the Australia-Indonesia trade relationship by looking at case studies of three sectors: education, tourism and aid. Find out more in this week’s blog here.
  • You either hate it or love it. Small Talk goes down in everyone’s books as one of the most controversial social obstacles you can encounter, and there is also no middle ground. But whether or not you despise it is besides the point. In Indonesia, small talk is crucial. Read more about how to make small talk in Indonesia here.


  • AIYA Indigenous Engagement Events! Kumpul, AIYA’s Indigenous Engagement Committee have worked to construct and host some events in celebration:
    • Kumpul’s First Nations Book Club launched earlier this year. Through the Book Club, we hope to learn from indigenous perspectives. On 23 Jan 2022 at 7pm AEDT/3pm WIB, we’ll be meeting online to discuss The Yield by Tara June Winch. Tara is a Wiradjuri woman, an acclaimed writer and winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Award (for this book!). Interested? Join the WA group here and/or the FB group 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. 
    • VIC: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Carlton Gardens (outside IMAX). Follow @aiya_victoria on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
  • 6-10 Dec Ever wanted to learn a Yolŋu language and culture? The Yolngu Studies team is running a fantastic short course for 5 days! For more info and registration here.
  • 7 Dec COVID-19: Indonesia’s health, society and economic recovery. PAIR (Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research) Digital Summit features discussions with influential thought leaders from academia, policy, business and community organisations. The summit draws on a series of COVID-19 research reports, register here.
  • 9 Dec marking International Human Rights Day, the ANU Indonesia Institute is hosting a discussion on women’s rights and gender equality in Indonesia. Join the discussion here.
  • 11 Dec DogMilk film is screening, in Melbourne, their cross-cultural exchange project; The film is described as an emotional topography of DSTV’s work over the last 15 years, a living and growing archive of Torajan life, individual and communal. Watch the teaser here, and buy tickets here.
  • 14-16 Dec The International Conference and Cultural Event of Lampung 2021, organised by Monash University, consists of keynote addresses and an array of presentations centred on the visual and performing arts of Lampung, South Sumatra. Register here.
  • 19 Dec The Australian Embassy and Australia Global Alumni in Indonesia are hosting the 2021 Australian Alumni Awards Virtual presentation. Register here.


  • M&C Saatchi is looking for an entry level social media and digital analyst to commence in 2022. Applicants should be fluent in English and Indonesian. Read the position description and apply by 13 December.
  • AIYA Yogyakarta is looking for various positions for their 2022 committee. Apply here by 14 December.
  • Aust Gov Singapore is seeking an energetic and professional person with experience to work as the Project Coordinator in the Singaporean CSIRO office. Apply by 14 Dec and more info here.
  • Katalis is looking to recruit a firm to design and build the Indonesia-Australia TVET Clearinghouse website/platform. Submit your proposal here by 14 December.
  • Fair Ventures Social Forestry is a social enterprise and is hiring a Business Development and Fundraiser for the Asia Pacific, based in Indonesia. Apply by 15 Dec here.
  • Arkblu Capital is looking for a bilingual English/Bahasa Corporate Support Officer to work in the Sydney-based office. Apply by 17 Dec here.
  • Palladium is hiring a Senior Disaster Management Adviser to provide technical leadership and management support for the design and implementation of activities related to disaster management systems. Apply by 17 Dec here.
  • BIPA Scholarship Program welcomes applications from Current undergraduate students, practicing teachers, and company staff members to undertake a partially-funded Indonesian program. Apply by 18 Dec for the January program. More info here.
  • IA-CEPA ECP Katalis is looking for the Project Officer (Advance Manufacturing) to assist the Market Integration Lead Adviser to ensure that all market integration activities. Apply here by 23 Dec.
  • IA-CEPA ECP Katalis is looking for an Advanced manufacturing/services Adviser’s work will support the development of deeper market integration through industry engagement and business partnerships. Apply here by 28 Dec.
  • Asialink Leaders Program is Australia’s premier program for Asia capable leaders, offering a transformational experience with the latest insights, capabilities, and connections to position you for success with the region. Apply by 31 Dec here.
  • Prospera is collaborating with the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs (CMEA) and the Kartu Prakerja Project Management Office (PMO) and looking for a Machine Learning Engineer to help build Prakerja’s Recommendation system. Apply here by 31 Dec.
  • Prospera is collaborating with the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs (CMEA) and the Kartu Prakerja Project Management Office (PMO) and looking for Senior Back-end Engineer to help deploy the collaborative-based machine learning models to the Kartu Prakerja system. Apply here by 31 Dec.
  • Australian Strategic Policy Institute is looking for recent graduates to contribute to ASPI publications, research and events program. Apply here by 3 January.
  • NAILA is seeking its new directors who are passionate about improving Indonesia-Australia relations through language studies starting from next year. Read the position description and apply by 10 January.
  • 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 Jan 2022.
  • 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.
  • Kemlu (Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are conducting their annual survey of how Indonesia is viewed by the world. Take it here.
  • Stream the ReelOzInd! 2021 film festival on demand here. The film festival, now in its 6th year, saw winners announced for several categories on the theme of ‘connection’. Read more about it here.
  • DFAT has established the Emerging Markets Impact Investment Fund (EMIIF) which seeks to support development ideas across the Indo-Pacific region. If you have a bright development idea consider applying for support here.
  • Australia Awards Indonesia have created an OzAlumni podcast, catch up on episodes here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Australian National University is seeking a Senior Partnerships Manager (here) and Senior Partnerships Officer (here) to be based in Jakarta. The role will primarily focus on student recruitment activities and partnerships in Indonesia.
  • Education Centre of Australia is looking for an energetic In-Country Manager in Indonesia. The ideal candidate will assist the Senior Regional Manager (South East Asia) to develop strategies and implement plans to recruit outstanding students to the ECA Group and to meet commencing student targets for Indonesia. Apply here.

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