Indonesian Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga (center) and Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Penny Williams (second from the left) held a bilateral meeting to discuss plans to solidify cooperation in the issues of women and children (Antara News)

In the News

  • Building a Shared Understanding on Indonesia-Australia Research Partnerships: DFAT-KONEKSI Visit to Australia. The visit coincided with Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC) 2023. The theme, “Indonesia 25 Years On,” explored Indonesia’s transformation since former President Suharto stepped down in 1998. (KONEKSI)
  • Analysis: Fear of a Jokowi political dynasty in Indonesia deepens after a controversial court ruling Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ruled that those who have been previously elected to regional posts can participate in the presidential election regardless of their age. Analysts say the changes greatly favour President Joko Widodo, clearing the path for his 36-year-old son Gibran Rakabuming Raka to participate in next February’s presidential election. (CNA)
  • RI-Australia Dorong Pengurangan Sampah Plastik Pakai Inovasi. Akselerator Indo-Pacific Plastics Innovation Network (IPPIN) adalah program pelatihan intensif untuk mengasah ide-ide dan membangun kesiapan pasar terkait pengelolaan sampah. Program ini lahir dari Plastics Innovation Hub Indonesia, sebuah kemitraan antara badan sains nasional Australia. (DetikEdu)
  • Gig on the Green: An Unforgettable Night of Music and Reconnections welcome our new alumni and celebrate 70 years of Australian scholarships in Indonesia. his year is particularly special as we celebrate the deep people-to-people connections built through 70 years of Australian scholarships. (Australia Awards in Indonesia)

Tune In

  • Indonesia and Australia – regional co-operation and challenges. Our relationship with Indonesia has been marked by bloody conflicts, spying scandals and people smuggling struggles. Our militaries have clashed in Malaysia and East Timor, then we were brought together in grief over terror attacks in Bali. What is the current state of relations, and can they work together to shape the regions future? (ABC Nightlife)
  • While there’s a lot of attention on the US-China rivalry and its implications for the region, Gatra and Tom focus on the different regional dynamics in Southeast Asia. Zooming in on Indonesia, Gatra Priyandita speaks to Natalie Sambhi about Indonesian politics and foreign policy and Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. They discuss Indonesia’s vision for the world and how it aligns with Australia’s. (AUS Strategy Policy Institute)


  • 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.
  • Join AIYA ACT’s weekly Gamelan classes every Monday, 6-8pm, in the ANU School of Music, Room 680!  
  • AIYA QLD – AIBC QLD Networking & Trivia Evening, This event will provide the opportunity to get to know each other while enjoying the fun of a team-based trivia competition. Venue is at KPMG Brisbane, apply here.
  • AIYA Yogyakarta Chills and Thrills is a continuation event from the previous Mythology Language Exchange. Friday, October 20th 2023,19:00 – 20:30 WIB at Balakosa Bistro, Coffee, & Spac. Register here.
  • Sydney Southeast Asia Centre – University of Sydney is holding the SSEAC roundtable discussion with Professor David Cohen (Stanford University) on 23 Oct. Attend in-person the event and grab your free admission. Professor David Cohen is a leading expert in the fields of human rights, international law and transitional justice, as well as one of the world’s leading social and legal historians of ancient Greece. Apply here.
  • The Australian National University is hosting an Indonesia study group on “A portrait of judicial corruption in Indonesia” on 25 October at 12.30pm AEDT/8.30am WIB. More info here.
  • Indonesia-Australia Energy Transition Forum. What decarbonisation pathways are available to Australia and Indonesia as both countries transition energy sectors? Let’s join on Friday, November 3rd, 9:00am-12:45pm, hybrid event with the option to join online via Zoom or in-person at the ANU Acton campus. Join here.
  • Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, the Embassy of Indonesia in Australia, will hold a training for Foreign Learners of Bahasa Indonesia with the theme “Local Wisdom-Based Instruction in Indonesian for Foreign Learners (BIPA),” on 28-29 October, starts from 9 o’clock each day, by hybrid from Embassy of Indonesia for Australia in Canberra. BIPA trainers and teachers are encouraged to participate, by registering here.
  • The 8th ANNUAL Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2023, theme: Quest / Pencarian premieres on 19 Oct in Melbourne at ACMI and Yogyakarta at STMM MMTC. View the trailer here. Please share it with your friends!
  • Indonesia Australia Business Council is holding a conference from 7-9 November 2023. in Grand Hyatt hotel Jakarta. Register here.
  • Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre will be hosting Monash Herb Feith Graduate Research Gala on 12 Dec at 6.30pm at Monash University Indonesia Campus. Register now here.


  • AIYA Blog accepts open and roll submissions from Indonesians and Australians about anything to do with the bilateral relationship?
    • Share with us your story of any study exchange or working holiday in Australia, fun facts about Bahasa Indonesia or English, review a book, a movie, a TV show or another piece of media related to Indonesian or Australian culture,  policy and law developments between the two countries that you want to explore with an engaged audience of AIYA Blog readers.
    • Maybe you have an idea but you’re not sure how to write it? You can also pitch ideas to our blog editors and they will workshop your article with you! 
    • Please email your submission to [email protected] and one of our amazing editors will work with you to get your work published on the AIYA Blog. 
    • Submissions are open in both English and Bahasa Indonesia.
  • 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! 🙌🏼
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2024 invites abstracts for papers, panels, and both physical and digital posters addressing the conference theme, as well as other contributions focusing on current and innovative themes and challenges in Asian Studies. Submit an abstract by 30 Oct here.
  • KONEKSI is seeking a Stakeholder Liaison Coordinator to support a range of Stakeholder Liaison tasks to coordinate various administrative requirements, permits, paperwork and other necessary documents from relevant GoI ministries/agencies to enable a timely implementation of collaborative research activities. Apply here by 20 Oct.
  • International Internship is receiving applications for Environmental Internship Indonesia. The program is composed of a structured four-week internship with host organisations in Indonesia. NCP funding is available. Submit your applications by 7 Nov here.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Institute Annual Grants Round 2023-24 is now open for applications. Enquire here by 19 October.
  • ACICIS is hosting another Bahasa Sesh Challenge where you can win one free Indonesian Language Short Course, valued at over $3000! The challenge will be open from 1 to 26 October 2023. Click here for more info. 
  • Victoria State Government is holding the Language Assistants Program (LAP) 2024. LAP 2024  places up to 37 language assistants in selected Victorian government schools from Terms 2 to 4 each year to enrich their languages programs. Submit your application here before 17 Oct.
  • DFAT is seeking for Public Diplomacy Officer position placement in The Australian Consulate-General in Surabaya (ACGS), Indonesia.  For those who mastering in media and public diplomacy activities, submit your application here no later than 17 Oct at 11.30pm (Jakarta Time)
  • 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
  • DFAT is seeking for:
    • Finance Officer IDR 16,353,701 per month. The Finance Officer will play a particularly key role in ensuring smooth processing of financial services and will routinely liaise directly with other staff within the Embassy and Consulate- General offices. This vacancy will close on 29 October 2023 at 11.30 pm (Jakarta Time).
    • Corporate Services Manager IDR 17,220,332 per month. The position holds primary responsibility for finance functions, procurement, property services and transport. This vacancy will close on 24 October at 11.30 pm (Jakarta Time)
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) helps grow Australia’s prosperity by delivering quality trade and investment services to businesses, accelerates growth in Australia’s tourism sector and promotes Australia’s education to the world. Find more available vacancies information 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 7 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 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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