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In the news
- Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong will visit Jakarta on Sunday, in a bid to kick off a new era in relations with the country’s largest neighbour. Whilst Aust-Indo relations have advanced under the last several coalition governments, there are still several disagreements hampering relations. (The Diplomat)
- The Victorian Diaspora Network is holding a history exhibition to remember the role of the Indonesia diaspora in and Australia’s support for Indonesia’s struggle for independence against the Dutch attempt to re-colonise between 1945-1950. Consul General Kuncoro said that the exhibition was important to educate the public about the forgotten history. (Antara News)
- With the Albanese government now attempting to reboot Australia’s foreign policy, it is important to consider how it might go about improving Australia’s relations with Indonesia. How can Albanese and the new Labor government build a relationship of trust with Indonesia in this age of great power rivalry, especially in the Indo-Pacific? (Indonesia at Melbourne)
- After sampling Indonesian cuisine and music, Cowra, a regional NSW town, was delighted to announce Indonesia as its 2023 guest nation. Dr Siswo Pramono, Indonesia’s ambassador to Australia, says “it is both an honour and a pleasure for Indonesia to be guest nation at the 2023 Cowra Festival of International Understanding.” (Cowra Guardian)
- A biosecurity exchange program has been launched with Indonesia this week as the country grapples with the spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The initiative by the Northern Territory government, in partnership with Gadjah Mada University’s Animal Science Faculty, will see six Indonesian students travel to the NT in August for a three-month placement. Listen to the report and interview here (ABC NT Country Hour)
- AIYA Indigenous Engagement Events! Kumpul, AIYA’s Indigenous Engagement Committee have worked to construct and host some events in celebration:
- 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, Gallery Room, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000. 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.
- AIYA Yogyakarta will host an Indonesian dance session on the 29 May, 1pm WIB. See here for more details.
- AIYA SA invites everyone to come & nongkrong with the SA AIYA crew at Rymill Park on Sunday 5 June from 2pm! There will be Indonesian snacks and games and it’s a great opportunity to connect with young people who have a passion for Indonesia and Indonesian. More info here.
- SSEAC will host Honours Bootcamp 2022, a professional development program for students in Australia who are enrolled in an Honours program related to Southeast Asia. The program is online and/or in-person, apply for the June 20-23 event here.
- The Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) is hosting a number of events across Australia. See event details 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- CSIRO is hiring a Senior Advisor – Global Engagement Program, to assist in building and leveraging global strategic partnerships to help solve today’s complex challenges. Apply by 5 June here.
- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for a Senior Policy Manager to provide advice and research and project support to the Ambassador and all A-Based members of the Economic and Trade section on issues. Apply here by 5 June.
- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for an AFP Office Manager to lead a large team of Indonesian and expatriate Locally Engaged Staff (LES), who provide operational and administrative support to deployed AFP officers. Apply here by 7 June.
- Prospera is looking for an Economist (Labour and Skills) to support the Labour and Skills Practice Area. Applications close on 13 Jun, 5pm WIB. More info here.
- UNSW Canberra is looking for a senior lecturer in Indonesian Studies to support the research and teaching activities of the School and will be involved in advancing the School’s international profile by conducting scholarly research, contributing to the supervision of research students, and undertake a range of teaching duties. Apply here by 21 June.
- 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.
- Tetra Tech is looking for a PhD and Master Senior Manager who will be responsible for effective and efficient PhD and Master program management, in line with the focus on developing and fostering change agents within the Australia Awards Global Strategy 2022-2030. Apply by 24 June here.
- ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership is looking for the 50 most dynamic and motivated young leaders aged 18-29 from across ASEAN and Australia to represent their country at the second ever ASEAN-Australia Young Leaders Forum. Join 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.
- TechieRank.com 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.