The Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR) – identifying gaps in the knowledge and skills of young workers in port engineering and operations. The Makassar New Port in the province of South Sulawesi provides a case study for this forward-looking national policy.

In the News

  • Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi (Kemendikbudristek) menyelenggarakan upacara peringatan Hari Pendidikan Nasional (Hardiknas) tahun 2023 secara hibrida di halaman kantor Kemendikbudristek, Jakarta, pada Selasa pekan lalu. Tahun ini, peringatan Hardiknas mengusung tema “Bergerak Bersama Semarakkan Merdeka Belajar”. (Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi Indonesia)
  • The Australian government will ban e-cigarettes through a heavy set of controls on imports and packaging to discourage vaping, especially among teens, under its biggest smoking reforms in more than a decade. (CNN World)
  • Record low Antarctic sea ice is another alarming sign the ocean’s role as climate regulator is changing. A changing climate is upon us, with more frequent land and marine heatwaves, forest fires, atmospheric rivers and floods (The Conversation)
  • Indonesia has ambitions to become a major sea power, emerging workforce that has the skills and capacity to meet the demands of an international industry. The Makassar New Port in the province of South Sulawesi provides a case study for this forward-looking national policy. (PAIR The Australia-Indonesia Centre)
  • Australian visa changes for 2023-24 – Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil made two announcements off the back of it, and those keen to secure an Australian visa are hoping to hear more in the federal budget on 9 May. (SBS)

On the Blog

  • The New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarship is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region for up to 19 months. In 2023, 150 scholars were selected as recipients of the NCP Scholarship, with only eight being awarded the scholarship for Indonesia. Read NCP scholars’ experience in submitting successful applications on AIYA Blog here.

Tune In

  • Apple podcast SBS Indonesian gave you the latest independent news and stories connecting you to life in Australia and Indonesian-speaking Australians. 


  • AIYA Indigenous Engagement Events! The Kumpul Committee was established to connect with and celebrate the Indigenous cultures of both Australia and Indonesia.
    • AIYA Kumpul has an upcoming book club, spotlighting one perspective of Australia’s multicultural history based on Ryan Butta’s “The Ballad of Abdul Wade”. The book features the lives of the Afghan cameleers who were pioneering forces of national transportation in colonial Australia. Mark your calendar and join this event on Sunday, 4 June at 5pm AEST / 2pm WIB here.
    • Interested in joining our First Nations Book Club? Join the WA group here and/or the FB group here to keep up to date.
  • JOIN AIYA ON DISCORD! AIYA would like to cordially invite you to join our Discord, an online group-chatting platform. We will be using Discord a digital hub for AIYA activities including:
    • 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 FLEX – our online language exchange now moved to Zoom! It is open to anyone with any level of Indonesian and English, and held monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 1pm WIB/4pm AEST. Starting on 4 September, join FLEX here (a recurring link).
  • 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:
    • ACT: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Marie Reay Building, ANU. Follow @aiya_act on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • NSW: Every Thursday, 6:30pm, alternating between in-person and online on Zoom. Follow @aiya_nsw on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • VIC: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Kathleen Syme Library, Melbourne VIC 3000. Follow @aiya_victoria on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • YOGYA: Biweekly on Mondays, 7pm, Lokio Cafe. Follow @aiya.yogyakarta for more info.
  • AIYA NSW is hosting a 2 Weeks to Canberra step-a-thon event on the 15-29 May 2023. Working in teams of 4, the end goal of this event is to walk the equivalent amount of steps from Sydney to Canberra over the course of two weeks. Tickets are $5-$10 and can be bought here.
  • Australia National University in collaboration with the Institute for Economic and Social Research (University of Indonesia) will hold the 7th Sadli Lecture on May 16 at 12.30 PM – 3 PM. Registration is open to join via zoom or attend-in-person (Jakarta based). Click here to register.
  • Footscray Arts Exhibition is celebrating the continuity of art styles based on Balinese Hindu belief and local influences within the contemporary context with the Sekala Niskala exhibition. Time & Date : Tue 18 April – Sun 25 June, Footscray Community Arts. Click here for more info.
  • Ikatan Australia Nusantara (IKAN) PPIA Australia collaborates with AIYA Victoria to held the Indonesian Literary Symposium: A Slight Introduction. This event seeks to raise awareness and appreciation for Indonesian literature, poetry and artists, on May 27. Click here to register.
  • Monash University is hosting a day of thought provoking conversations and networking and private screening of “The Endangered Generation”. Time & Date: Fri 12 May 2023, Monash University Indonesia, Green Office 9 Building, Jl. BSD Green Office Park. Click here for more info.


  • AIYA Victoria is looking for more committee members for their 2023 committee. Apply here.
  • NAILA’s annual speech competition that recognizes excellence in Indonesian studies is here with a prize up to $2000. If you are non-native and would challenge yourself with the theme ‘Food’, click here for more info.
  • Find out if you are eligible to receive a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant here.
  • ANU (Australia National University)
    • Research Fellow Investing in Women Research Coordinator. Location: Canberra / ACT Classification: Academic Level B. Salary Package: $107,475 – $121,857 plus 17% superannuation. Terms: Full time, Fixed term (up to 3 years). Apply here by 15 May 2023.
    • 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.
  • DT Global implements The Australia Indonesia Health Security Partnership (AIHSP) program that offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally. Various opportunities here.
  • IA-CEPA ECP Katalis is seeking a Cocoa Activity Manager in Indonesia. Apply by 19 May here.
  • Asia Education Foundation Victorian Young Leaders: Indonesia Virtual Pilot 2023 is looking for students to participate in a 3-weeks virtual Indonesian language learning program for year 9 students in Victorian schools. Express your interest 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.
  • Bukalapak, an Indonesian-based tech unicorn with over 100 million users, 2000+ employees, and a brand new office opening right in Melbourne! They are looking for software engineers positions in Jakarta, Sydney and Melbourne. Apply here.
  • Career Insights: Graduate Programs in International Affairs In this article, YAIA (Young Aus in International Affairs) has curated a list of graduate programs with an international focus across federal Government departments, agencies, state and territory governments, and private sector. Find out more here.
  • Careers at Trade and Investment Queensland – Various opportunities here.
  • Cowater International is hiring for several positions, including EOI for the Australia-Indonesia Research Collaboration Grants 2023 and Senior Research Officer. Check out their website here for more information. 
  • 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
  • The Indonesian Institute is looking for a Political Researcher and Legal Researcher. Willing to  work from the office (WFO) in Jakarta. Further information check here.
  • Inside Indonesia is looking for a volunteer to help with uploading a few articles to the website every couple of weeks. Please send your interest to editor
  • 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.
  • Jakarta Bintangs is an Australian Football Club with membership open to women, men and children of all nationalities, ages and ability.To keep up to date with training schedule follow them on Instagram @jakartabintangs, or contact Han on 081119337855. More information here.
  • KATALIS – Do you have a great Indonesia-Australia business development idea that needs connecting and support? Submit your ideas through its business portal here. Proposals can be submitted all year, and will be subject to approval from the governments of Indonesia and Australia.
  • KIAT (Indonesia Australia partnership for infrastructure) – Road Engineer opportunity is now open. Apply here.
  • The 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.
  • Would you like to travel, intern and make lifelong friends in Indonesia for free? Value Learning is sending out an Expression of Interest for the Australian Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. Register here.

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