​​In Jakarta today, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will release Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040, which sets a more active government role in promoting trade and investment links. (The Conversation)

In the News

  • Invested: Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040. The strategy sets out 75 recommendations to help increase economic engagement through raising awareness, removing blockages, building capability and deepening investment (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
  • Indonesia poised to resume live cattle imports from Australia after prime minister’s meeting with Joko Widodo. The head of Indonesia’s agricultural quarantine agency, Bambang has said there are “no more problems for Australia to resume import to Indonesia.” (ABC News)
  • Australia and Indonesia share many interests, including upholding international law and norms, particularly on questions of sovereignty. With China’s ongoing assertions in Indonesian waters, new diplomatic space has opened to consider boosting ties to encompass a Special Strategic Partnership.  (Australia Institute of International Affairs)
  • Australian, Indonesian forces deploy battle tanks in US-led combat drills amid China concern. Thousands of soldiers from the United States, Indonesia, Australia and other allied forces demonstrated their armour capabilities on Sunday (Sep 10) in combat drills on the Indonesian island of Java at a time of increased Chinese aggression in the region. (CNA Asia)
  • Western  Australia offers to make Indonesia’s EV Battery dream come true. ​​The state of Western Australia says that it wants to help make Indonesia, its close neighbour that is also abundant in nickel, one of the key players in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, particularly its components such as batteries. (Jakarta Globe)
  • Indonesia will issue golden visas to draw wealthy foreign investors, allowing foreigners who make substantial investments to remain for between five and 10 years, in an effort to boost the country’s economic development. (South China Morning Post)

Tune In

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • YOGYA: Biweekly on Mondays, 7pm, Lokio Cafe. Follow @aiya.yogyakarta on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
  • Indonesia Australia Business Council is holding a conference from the 7th – 9th Nov 2023. in Grand Hyatt hotel Jakarta. Apply here
  • The 8th ANNUAL Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2023, theme: Quest / Pencarian premieres on  19 October in Melbourne at ACMI and Yogyakarta at STMM MMTC. View our festival trailer here. Please share it with your friends!
  • Nominations are officially open for the 2023 Australia-Indonesia Institute’s Indonesian Studies Awards! Let’s celebrate the incredible educators and researchers in Australia who’ve strengthened the bonds between our nations. Know someone making a difference in Indonesian studies? Nominate them now! 🙌🏼
  • The ANU Indonesia Project is going to hold Indonesia Update Networking Dinner on Friday 16th September 2023 in Canberra.This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and form lasting connections. Limited seats available, purchase your ticket NOW.


  • AIYA National, with the exciting return of the in-country program, AIYEP is looking for organisations and businesses across Canberra to intern 21 Indonesian delegates. Indonesian participants will engage in full-time internships for three weeks from November 13 to December 1 2023. AIYEP participants are expected to engage in a minimum of 30 hours of work per week within the internship. 📄. Submit your organisation’s expression of interest here by 30th September 2023
  • The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting ASEAN citizens to join a two-week short course on improving TVET systems’ digital readiness and resilience through new technology under the Aus4ASEAN initiative. Disadvantaged women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Apply now before Sunday, 17 September 2023, at 11:59 pm (local time).
  • DT Global is currently looking for
    • Program Governance Manager for the SKALA Program. The SKALA Program is a significant Australian investment designed to help Indonesia address regional disparities in development. Application will be closed on 14th September 2023 at 5 PM Jakarta Time.
    • Communications Specialist to support the KIAT communications team with development, editing and/or finalisation of selected communication tasks. Applications close: 22 September 2023 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  Participants will be employed by the Department of Education as an Education Assistant and receive a salary to the amount of approximately AU$1500 fortnightly.Applications will close on 15 September. Apply NOW!
  • 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.
  • Good Return is seeking for an Indonesia Program Coordinator. Suitable for someone who excels at forming partnerships and is interested in building the financial wellbeing and capability of people in Indonesia. Apply as soon as possible HERE.
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • KIAT (Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur) 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.
  • Monash University International is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated Assistant Professor (Research) to join their dynamic team. Are you passionate about making a meaningful impact through research in the field of climate resilience and community engagement?. Apply HERE before Thursday 14 September 2023, 11:55pm WIB.
  • 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 hiring for Lecturers for their Indonesian language and studies program. Apply here by 2nd October.
  • 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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