Indonesians and Australians have been on good terms for hundreds of years — at least — but still some Australians have serious misconceptions about our big neighbour to our immediate north. (ABC News)

In the News

  • A senior Indonesian minister has taken aim at Pauline Hanson over her claims that Australian tourists could bring foot and mouth disease into the country from Bali because cattle roam the streets there and “s–t on the ground”. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Two Indonesian children wrongly imprisoned by Australia using deeply flawed evidence have asked attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, to use his mercy powers and resolve the “mockery of justice” overseen by his predecessor Christian Porter. (The Guardian)
  • The Bali bomb maker is set to be freed from prison days after being granted early release as the 20th anniversary of the attack nears. The explosives that ripped through the Sari Club and Paddy’s Irish Bar in 2002 killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Hundreds of culturally significant artefacts from an historic Asian shipwreck that were offered for sale online before being seized under Australian legislation have been returned to the Indonesian Government. (AFP)

Tune in

  • Indonesian art collective Taring Padi made headlines around the world last month. The collective’s 8×10 metre banner, “People’s Justice” (2002), on display as part of the prestigious art exhibition documenta 15 in Kassel, Germany, was dramatically covered and subsequently taken down. Dr Jemma Purdey speaks with Dr Wulan Dirgantoro, lecturer in Art History and Curatorship in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Elly Kent, deputy director of the ANU Indonesia Institute. (Talking Indonesia)


  • 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, 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.
  • Monash University is hosting their Urban Transformation Talks on Establishing new identity: Indonesia’s new capital city on 20 August. Register here.
  • The Consulate General of Indonesia in Perth is hosting workshops and performances, A Day in Indonesia on 20 August at 11am at the WA Boola Bardip Museum. Everyone is welcome to join. Register here.
  • Monash University is hosting an event, Indonesia and Australia: Emerging health service delivery and SDG impact on 23 August at 9am WIB. Register here.
  • University of Melbourne is hosting Indonesia Day at the Westin in Jakarta and on Zoom on 3 September. Register here.
  • The Indonesia Project by Australian National University is presenting the 39th Indonesia Update. Gender Equality and Diversity in Indonesia: Identifying Progress and Challenges. The conference will be held in Canberra and online on 16-17 Sept. More info here.
  • AIBC is hosting the AIBC Conference for 2022 in Darwin in 2-4 November. 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.


  • Cardno is looking for an Operations Officer to assist activities of the Economic Cooperation Program (ECP) Collaborative Hub, liaising and organising meetings with counterpart agencies and providing project, events and data management support. Apply here.
  • Piaget Education and Petra Christian University Surabaya are offering scholarships for international teachers of all subjects to join a uniquely designed Master Program of Education Leadership Management, inclusive of stipends and airfares, that will prepare graduates to become competent professionals at educational institutions. Send your CV to [email protected] to submit your interest.
  • Expressions of interest are being sought for members of the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN) of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) for the 2022-2024 term. Apply here before 21 August.
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is seeking a Regional Manager, Southeast Asia to join International, International Portfolio, Chancellery Division who is responsible for management and leadership of the marketing, recruitment and business and partnership development activities in the region. Apply here by 21 August.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for a public diplomacy officer to be part of the Media, Public Diplomacy Scholarships and Alumni Section, the Public Diplomacy Unit designs public diplomacy campaigns that engage, educate, inform and influence our audience and stakeholders. Apply here by 22 August.
  • The Australian Consulate-General in Makassar is calling for Australian alumni residing in the 11 eastern Indonesia provinces covered by its jurisdiction to apply for a University of New South Wales online short course, “Leading an Organisation Through Dynamic Environments”. Eleven applicants will be selected to join the course, on 23 August, to develop their skills and links with Australia. More details here.
  • RMIT is looking for Indonesian participants to fill a survey about ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Information Access, Sources and Information-Seeking Behaviour Amongst Indonesian Young Adults’. Survey can be found here, the last participants will be accepted on 31 August.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for a Senior Regional Program Manager to provide high level program management and support to policy development on health security, humanitarian and disaster management, and human and disability rights issues. Apply here by 25 August.
  • NAILA submissions are open, and will close on 31 August. This year’s theme is relationships/hubungan. Submissions can be made here and information about the competition can be found here.
  • AASYP is holding their inaugural AASYP Digital Dialogues, an online event uniting together 60 young people (18-29 years old) from Australia and the ASEAN nations to consider the most pressing issues related to Digital Economy, Regional Mobility, and Innovation & Investment. This event will be held on 29 October and 5 November 2022. Apply here by 31 August.
  • Applications for the 2023 Language Assistant Program in Western Australian Public Schools are now open, facilitated by the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (BBI) Perth. Click here for more info.
  • The University of Sydney is offering a postgraduate research scholarship in Opioid policy and use in Indonesia. Apply here.
  • ACICIS is looking for campaign volunteers to be part of a national initiative aimed at shifting Australia’s monolingual mindset and promoting the study of languages among Australian university students. Apply here.
  • South Pole is looking for a Climate Projects Regional Director to own and grow the Climate Projects Business Line presence in South East Asia & Australia. Apply 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.
  • 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 the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies is looking for full-time Junior researchers who will be responsible in supporting the writing of CIPS research and also in conducting their own research in accordance with good writing standards in CIPS. Apply here.
  • The AsiaLink Advisory and Insights Group is looking for Melbourne-based members who are interested in a two-month project on the Longitudinal and Business study to map current and future impact of IA-CEPA on Australia-Indonesia trade relations. Interested? Reach out to [email protected] in the first instance with a best contact number.

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