Indonesia has introduced a wide-reaching palm oil export ban, taking international buyers by surprise with a last-minute change to include crude palm oil and other refined products. The move had an immediate impact on global vegetable oil prices.

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  • This year, Australia will hold its federal election. With the national election looming, it is important to have a basic understanding of the Australian electoral system and the popular competing parties. Due to all Australian citizens aged over the age of 18 being required to vote in person or via mail, politics is currently prevalent throughout Australian news and media. In Australia, the date of the election is announced by the Prime Minister once every three years. This year the election will be held on the 21st of May. Find out more about Australia’s electoral system in this week’s blog here


Featured Event: The Music Archive of Monash University has recently opened the new “Margaret Kartomi Gallery of Musical Instruments and Artefacts” at The Performing Arts Centre on Monash University’s Clayton campus.The gallery is located in the Performing Arts Centre/PAC (Building 68), next to the Robert Blackwood Hall, at Monash University, Clayton Campus, and is open to visitors free of charge from 10.00am-5.00pm on Mondays-Friday.
  • AIYA Indigenous Engagement Events! Kumpul, AIYA’s Indigenous Engagement Committee have worked to construct and host some events in celebration:
    • 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 LANGUAGE EXCHANGE (IN-PERSON or ONLINE!) 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:
    • VIC: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Carlton Gardens (outside IMAX). Follow @aiya_victoria on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • NSW: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Online on Zoom. Follow @aiya.nsw on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
  • Multicultural Entrepreneurship Panel: Five successful multicultural founders discuss their entrepreneurship journey in a facilitated panel talk. Panel will be held on 11 May, 9 – 10am, State Library Victoria. Register here
  • AIBC and DFAT are presenting the first of its National Industry Series 2022: “Indonesia: It’s time to take a fresh look ”, focusing on the emerging opportunities in Indonesia’s Blue Economy on 18 May at 1.30pm AEST. Register here.
  • ANU Indonesia Project is hosting the 16th Sadli Lecture on 19 May at 10am WIB. The lecture will be delivered by Dr Cassey Lee on Competition policy in the age of algorithms: Challenges for Indonesia. Register here.
  • Are you interested in learning Indonesian dances and music virtually? Come and join KJRI Melbourne for their Virtual Indonesia Arts and Culture Scholarship (IACS) “Aku Rindu Indonesia”. Find info and register here.
  • AIATSIS Summit calls for papers! This year’s theme, Navigating the spaces in between, foregrounds the brilliance and value of Indigenous ways of knowing and seeing the world. Attend the summit on 30 May – 3 Jun. More info here.


  • ReelOzInd! Short Film Competition and Festival is back in 2022 and can’t wait to share its festival of short films with audiences in Indonesia, Australia and beyond. This year our theme is ‘suara/voice’. Submit your entry here.
  • Australia and Indonesia International Trade Scholarship. Katalis is supporting two scholarships – one each for an Indonesian and Australian woman – working in international trade or looking to promote trade and investment between the two countries. Apply by 25 May. More information here.
  • The Young Australians in International Affairs has opened applications for their Fellowship Program, designed to attract leading young Australian analysts and scholars with a record of high professional and academic achievement, outstanding skills in research and analysis, and demonstrated interest in the Fellowship area to which they apply.​ For more information to apply by 8 May, click here.
  • Prospera is looking for a skilled data analyst able to solve practical problems with Indonesia’s policy-makers. Apply here by 16 May
  • Monash University is looking for an International project manager for their Climateworks Centre. Apply here by 12 May. 
  • ACICIS intends to provide in-country study again from semester 2, 2022. In the meantime, we encourage you to register your interest by completing the first part of their online application form.
  • Bukalapak, an Indonesian-based tech unicorn with over 100 million users, 2 thousand plus employees, and a brand new office opening right here in Melbourne! They are looking for multiple positions in Jakarta, Sydney and Melbourne. Apply 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. 
  • Australian Government is receiving applications for Working Holiday Maker program that allows young adults to have a 12 month holiday, during which they can undertake short-term work and study. More info here.
  • Asialink has opened their 2022 Asialink Leaders Program. With over 26 years of history, the Asialink Leaders Program is Australia’s premier program for the Asia capable leaders of today and tomorrow, empowering over 950 alumni globally. More info here
  • is a free service from an Aussie Startup that is aiming to help young Indonesian techies stand out to recruiters and employers. Find out more 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Australian National University is offering a course on introduction to Indonesia’s economy and policy environment. This is a chance to learn from world experts on the Indonesian economy in a two-day intensive course. More info here.
  • 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 people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
  • Career Insights: Graduate Programs in International Affairs. In this article, YAIA has pulled together a curated list of graduate programs with an international focus, across federal Government departments and agencies, state and territory governments, and the private sector, that are available to apply for in 2022 (with most commencing in 2023). Find out more here.
  • YAIA (Young Australians in International Affairs) A is seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (volunteer). The CEO is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring it delivers against its vision and overseeing the operations of the organisation. More info here.
  • ACICIS’ longest standing in-country study program is The Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP). Hosted by UGM, the language immersion program offers participants great flexibility in designing a study program to meet home university equivalency requirements or to suit a student’s personal interests. More info here.
  • Australia RTO operating in Indonesia is hiring a Country Development Officer as an in-country marketing officer and to grow recruitment channels for Indonesian students. Apply here.

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