President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday inaugurated a $7.3 billion high-speed railway connecting Jakarta with the city of Bandung, which was developed with a China-backed project. The 142-kilometre (88.23-mile) railway, one of President Jokowi’s flagship infrastructure projects, faced problems ranging from land procurement issues, pandemic-related delays and ballooning costs. Monday’s launch for the bullet train named “Whoosh” is far behind an original target of operations in 2019. (The Jakarta Post)
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- Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) menerima kunjungan dari delegasi Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP) 2023 pada Rabu (27/9), di Kampus Terpadu UII. AIMEP sendiri merupakan inisiatif people-to-people (antarorang) yang mendekatkan para pemimpin Muslim di Australia dan Indonesia melalui program yang intens dengan pertukaran budaya, sosial, antar agama, dan intelektual. (Universitas Islam Indonesia)
- Presiden Timor Leste Jose Ramos-Horta menegaskan pihaknya belum membahas kerja sama militer apapun dengan China. Ia juga menekankan bahwa Timor Leste tidak akan mengambil kebijakan yang dinilai dapat mengganggu keamanan di kawasan, khususnya negara-negara tetangga seperti Indonesia dan Australia. (Kantor Berita Republik Merdeka)
- Australian F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are taking part in an exercise in Indonesia, on the last leg of a deployment that has seen the jets visit the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia for the first time. The six Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from 75 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force, or RAAF, are currently taking part in Exercise Elang Ausindo with Indonesian Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16 fighter jets at Manado on Indonesia’s North Sulawesi Island from Sept. 18 to Sept. 28. (Defense News)
- Australians are being told to expect warmer and drier conditions this summer. But the Bureau of Meteorology is still holding out from declaring a El Nino event – for the moment. Find out more Hotter, drier summer predicted for Australia thanks to El Nino (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.
- 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.
- Join AIYA ACT’s weekly Gamelan classes every Monday, 6-8pm, in the ANU School of Music, Room 680!
- The ANU Indonesia Institute is hosting an Indonesia Study Group seminar about ‘The Prospect of Energy Transition in Indonesia’ on 27 Sept, 12:30-2pm. Click here for more info.
- 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!
- Indonesia Australia Business Council is holding a conference from the 7th – 9th Nov 2023. in Grand Hyatt hotel Jakarta. Apply here.
- AIYA National’s ‘My Favourite Moments in Australia’ photo competition is now open! Post your photos before 23.59 WIB on 6 Oct for a chance to win prizes.
- 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 EOI here by 30th September 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. Submit your organisation’s expression of interest here by 30 September.
- 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 Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur (KIAT) is looking for an Indonesia-based Transport Economist. Apply here by 2 Oct.
- ABC is looking for a Digital & Social Journalist (Indonesian) to plan, source and produce digital content to reach and engage new and existing Indonesian-speaking digital audiences across the Indo-Pacific region. Apply here by 3 Oct.
- Applications are now open for the 2023 Herb Feith Centre Fellowship, a program designed to assist doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars with the publication of their research in relation to social justice in Indonesia. Apply here by 15 October.
- The Australia-Indonesia Institute Annual Grants Round 2023-24 is now open for applications. Enquire here by 19 October.
- ACICIS is now hiring a Liaison Officer for ACICIS Professional Practicum Programs in Jakarta. Apply now here, until 15 October.
- ACICIS is hosting another Bahasa Sesh Challenge where you can win one free Indonesian Language Short Course, valued at over $3000! Click here for more info.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.