Being actively involved in Australian society doesn’t mean Indonesians put their homeland second.For Indonesia’s Independence Day, Indonesians speak of how they contribute to Australian society while maintaining their own unique heritage and identities, even in the face of sometimes mixed attitudes to their homeland.

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  • Making friends is one of the biggest challenges people can face in a new country. We naturally form support networks with people from similar cultural backgrounds – but imagine taking a leap and expanding your friendship circle. Cross-cultural friendships will improve your outlook and heighten your sense of belonging, but how? Find out more on Make friends in Australia: the importance of cross-cultural friendships podcast episode (SBS)


  • AIYA National’s Cultural Diversity Committee! The “Kumpul” Committee, meaning “gathering” in Indonesian, was established to connect with and celebrate the Indigenous cultures of Australia following NAIDOC week 2021. It has now broadened its scope to encapsulate the cultural diversity of both Australia and Indonesia.
    • Interested in joining our Book/Movie Club? Join the FB group the WA group here.
    • To keep up with all Kumpul events, join the WA group here.
  • 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 can join and chat with other members whenever you want.
  • JOIN AIYA FLEX – our online language exchange is open to anyone with any level of Indonesian and English! It is held monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 1pm WIB/4pm AEST. 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:
    • NSW: Every Thursday, 6:30pm, alternating between in-person and online on Zoom. Follow @aiya_nsw on Instagram or Facebook for more info or find the schedule here.
    • VIC: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre. Follow @aiya_victoria on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • YOGYAKARTA: Biweekly on Mondays, 7pm, Lokio Cafe. Follow @aiya.yogyakarta on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
  • AIYA ACT is hosting Javanese Gamelan classes every Monday from 6-8pm at the ANU School of Music, Room 68. No registration is required, just come and have fun!
  • YAIA Melbourne is hosting an expert panel ‘ASEAN Matters: Security in South-East Asia’ that will dive into the recent affairs and security considerations raised at May’s ASEAN Summit, on the 22nd August. Click here to sign up.


  • NAILA – Are you a non-native with amazing Indonesian language abilities? Whether you’re a student or a professional, submit a video on the theme ‘Food’ for a chance to win prizes up to $2000! For more information, visit here.
  • AIYA Jakarta is looking for new executive committee members for 2023-2024! Positions available include Chapter President, Vice President, and Secretary. If you are based in the Greater Jakarta area, have excellent leadership and communication skills, and are passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship, these positions are for you! Apply here by 25 August.
  • AIYA National, IndoAustay (@indoaustay) Expression of Interests are open until 30 September for this 2 week program in Surakarta (Solo), Indonesia running in January 2024. The program is open to applicants over the age of 18 in Australia and all language ability levels are accepted.
  • International Internships, Are you ready to kick-start your career with a global experience? 🌏 Join us for our General Information Session to have all your questions answered about undertaking an internship overseas in your field. 📢 Applications are now open for Summer and Semester 1 2024.
  • Monash University is receiving applications for Indonesia Inspire Doctoral Scholarship Program (IIDSP). This program offers an incredible opportunity for talented students to pursue their PhD studies with Monash University, Indonesia. Apply by 28 August here
  • Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth in collaboration with the Department of Education of Western Australia and supported by the Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia in WA are seeking participants in the 2024 Indonesian Language Assistant Program in Western Australia. Applications will close on 15 September. Apply NOW!
  • International Internships has announced that the RMIT Fashion Intensive 2024 applications are now open. Join their info session on 19 September @ 5:30pm AEST. More info here
  • AIYEP, Be a host family for participants In 2023! AIYEP are seeking families in Canberra to share their home life with an AIYEP participant from Indonesia on a short term placement from 11 November to 3 December. Find out more here and apply through this link by 30 September!
  • AIYEP is looking for organisations and businesses across Canberra to intern 21 Indonesian delegates. Here for more information on hosting for AIYEP visit. Submit your organisation’s expression of interest here by 30 September.
  • The Australian National University is hiring for Lecturers for their Indonesian language and studies program. Apply here by 2nd October.
  • International Internships has opened applications for their Environmental Internships 2024. Interact with key stakeholders, undertake professional visits and more during this 4-week internship. Apply by 7th November here.
  • Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur (KIAT) is looking for a Senior Communications Officer based in Jakarta to support the clear communication of KIAT’s policy priorities and achievements in the Indonesian infrastructure sector to Indonesian and Australian audiences. This position is on a rolling basis. Apply here.
  • KIAT is opening various employment opportunities and current tenders. Find out more here. KIAT works with its government partners across Indonesia to deliver a range of large and small projects to improve access to infrastructure for all Indonesians.
  • International Internships has announced RMIT Science and Computing Technology Capstone Projects. Work in a small team of RMIT students to complete a real-world project for an Indonesian host organisation. Eligible students can receive generous New Colombo Plan (NCP) grants. For more information visit which has the project details and NCP eligibility requirements 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Inside Indonesia is looking for a reliable volunteer to help with uploading a few articles to the website every couple of weeks. Please send your interest to [email protected]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Jakarta Bintangs is an Australian Football Club with membership open to anyone, beginners are most welcome. The club organises games throughout the year, mostly in Jakarta, with occasional games across Indonesia and overseas. Tours are planned to Bali, Batam, Vietnam and Thailand this year. Training is mostly held at Lapangan Bola Aldiron in Jakarta on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. On occasion, training sessions are also held Thursday nights in the GBK complex. To keep up to date with the training schedule follow them on Instagram @jakartabintangs, or contact Han on 081119337855. For more information click here.

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