For the first time since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has collected travel records (nearly 50 years ago), in 2023 Indonesia replaced New Zealand as the top destination for short-term trips overseas by Australians (short-term resident returns). (Asia Media Centre)

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  • Talking Indonesia – Prabowo has exceeded expectations to claim victory in 2024 Indonesian presidential election. What were the most interesting aspects of the campaign behind Prabowo’s success? In this episode of Talking Indonesia co-host Jemma Purdey, Kramer, Jacqui Baker and Tito Ambyo get together to chat about the election result, their analysis, plus their hopes and fears for the future of Indonesia democracy in 2023. Tune in here.
  • Big Business in Indonesia – Conglomerates are the main players in the Indonesian economy, controlling core industries like agribusiness, banking and property and telecommunications. To help us understand how Indonesian big business has transformed Indonesia and is now reshaping our region, Jacqui Baker chats with Faris Al Fadhat, Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta. Tune in here.
  • Hirzi Putra Laksana, Editor-in-Chief of What is Up Indonesia? (WIUI) talks to The Perantau Podcast about how they inspire young Indonesians, especially those abroad, to actively engage in politics. Tune in here.


  • JOIN AIYA FLEXour 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 12pm WIB/4pm AEDT. 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. Make sure to follow your local chapter on Instagram for updates on the next LX event near you!
    • NSW – Thursday at 6.30pm weekly at Darling Square.
  • AIYA, check respective chapter social media for more details
    • Western Australia – Come along to AIYA WA’s relaunch celebration on 26 Feb 6pm at KJRI Perth! Click here for more info.
    • ACT – Weekly Gamelan classes every Monday, 6-8pm, at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia!
    • Victoria – Join the ASEAN-Australia Youth Diplomacy Networking Night as we bring together ASEAN and Australian youth to foster connections and collaboration at Monash University, March 1st at 6pm! Get tickets here.
    • AIYA Victoria and Asialink – Join an Indonesian Summer Chill Out Night on March 2 at 6pm. Take a break from studies and work and make new friends while enjoying your Saturday evening with delicious Indonesian cuisine, musical performances, games, raffle prizes and more. Get tickets here.
  • Calling all fashion enthusiasts! Join KJRI Sydney at Designer Talks: Indonesia Wastra Wonders for an extraordinary event celebrating the rich culture of Indonesian textiles. This in-person gathering will bring together renowned Indonesian designers Essy Masita, Sugeng Waskito, Ani Seto, Adewani Lubis, and Dewi Deeje, on 27 Feb at 5pm. Reserve a spot here
  • AIBC and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invite AIBC members and friends to a networking event to hear about the Indonesia Australia Skills Development Exchange pilot program on 27 Feb 6-8pm at Development House, Darwin NT. Register here.
  • Perth USAsia Centre x Indonesia Institute is hosting a business briefing on Indonesia’s 2024 election results on 28 Feb at 1pm AWST. Join the discussion on Indonesia’s election and the future of Australia-Indonesia relations. Register here.
  • ANU Indonesia Project is hosting a seminar on Slowly but surely: The effects of electoral quotas on women’s candidacy and representation in Indonesia on 28 Feb 12:30-2pm AEDT. Further details here.
  • The University of Melbourne is hosting a UniMelb Application Day on 2 Mar at 1-5pm at The Westin Jakarta. Register here.
  • AIIA VIC is hosting a hybrid event on Indonesia’s Election with Prof. Tim Lindsey and Rowan Callick. The event will be held on 7 Mar at 3pm. Secure your spot here.
  • Bali Spirit Festival has become a major crowd puller thus strengthening cultural vibrancy, and overall vitality of Bali and greater Indonesia. The 4-day mega event will begin from 1 May and will end on 5 May, 2024. So if you are looking for Classical Hatha Yoga, traditional Javanese dance and more, then Bali Spirit Festival is the perfect place for you. Book your ticket ASAP here and check the terms and conditions here for further details.


  • 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.
  • NAILA has published their 2024 information pack! Take a look at their competition this year, including their sub-questions for each category and prize money here.
  • The Australian National University Indonesia Project is offering a number of grants and fellowship. Find out more about the opportunities: Ruth Daroesman Graduate Study Grant, Student Research Grants, Collaborative Research Grants, and Visiting Fellow Grants.
  • KONEKSI, Australia’s flagship program in the Indonesia knowledge and innovation sector, is looking for a Head of Operations and Grant Management. Apply here by 1 Mar.
  • Asialink Business is looking for a Manager, Thought Leadership to lead the development of impactful public reports and insights on Asia for business. Application closes on 27 Feb. Apply now here.
  • Inside Indonesia is looking for three Youth Editors (18-24 yo) who will commit to advising our commissioning editor for a period of 12 months (March 2024-March 2025). See here for more info on how to apply by 5 Mar.
  • Applications for numerous ACICIS Study Indonesia programs are open! Get an enriching study experience in Indonesia with semester-long and short programs. AUD3,000-AUD7,000 New Colombo Plan grants available. More information here.
  • Kedutaan Besar Australia telah meluncurkan Kompetisi Desain Logo untuk merayakan ulang tahun ke-75 hubungan diplomatik Australia dan Indonesia. Kirimkan desain Anda disini sebelum 3 Maret, 23.59 WIB.
  • Australia Awards is running a short course on the Challenge of Misinformation & Disinformation: Fostering Information Integrity & Media Literacy in Democratic Societies. See here for more info and to apply by 8 Mar.
  • The Access Asia Business Grant (AABG) aims to support Western Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and organisations to advance their export and trade in new Asian markets and contribute to WA’s economic diversification. This competitive program provides grants of up to $30,000 to eligible Western Australian SMEs and organisations. Submit your applications here by 15 Mar.
  • Pendaftaran Program Kemitraan Sekolah BRIDGE Australia-Indonesia tahun 2024 telah dibuka untuk sekolah-sekolah dan madrasah di 18 provinsi, termasuk Kalimantan Timur, Kalimantan Selatan, Sulawesi Selatan, dan Sulawesi Utara. Program ini memberikan kesempatan untuk menghubungkan sekolah anda dengan sekolah mitra di Australia dan meningkatkan pemahaman lintas budaya antar guru dan siswa. Untuk info selengkapnya, klik link ini.
  • Apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship, experience a world-class education and become an agent of change for the development!  The groups comprise people with disabilitywomen from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals from equity target provinces. Applications close on 30 April 2024 at 20.59 WIB. Applying is now even easier through a single application form at this link.
  • Development Intelligent Lab is looking for Project Assistant. The primary purpose of this position is to support The Lab to implement its programme of activities and assist in the day-to-day running of the organisation. The position will also support the delivery of the Pulse Check project. See here for more details
  • GoFundMe page has been set up for Alifia Soeryo’s family, the victim of the recent tree incident in North Adelaide. Feel free to donate here.
  • UNESCO is opening a vacancy for a Senior Programme Specialist (Natural Sciences) position with 2 years fixed term contract in Jakarta. Drop your application here before 27 Feb.
  • Asia Education Foundation (AEF) is currently seeking EOI for Australian schools who would like to partner with Indonesian schools through the DFAT-funded 2024 Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE program. Applications open until 17 March 2024 for both IDN and AUS schools. For more information click here.
  • SKALA internship round 1 is now open. Round 1 Application and Selection: January-February. Each internship cycle is expected to be of 3-months in duration Internship period: April-June. More information here.
  • Murdoch University is offering a PhD scholarship to an international scholar of exceptional talent to undertake doctoral research that will contribute to further strengthening the links between Australia and Indonesia and to building peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. It will be hosted by the Indo-Pacific Research Centre (IPRC) and must align with their research priorities. Apply by 31 July here.
  • Join Prospera talents community and become a part of a thriving network of professionals like you! Sign up today by dropping your CV here and shape the future with Prospera!
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia plans to deliver the following short courses by the end of 2024. The course providers will be selected through open tenders (separate tender for each course), except for the repeated courses. The 2-week courses will be delivered in Australia and each course has 1-2 workshops in Indonesia. The opening application dates for each course will be determined in consultation with DFAT. Check the detailed course and availability regularly here.
  • ANU 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.
  • 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.
  • KIAT (Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur) is opening various employment opportunities and current tenders. Find out 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 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 a list of  available vacancies 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
  • 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. For more information click here.

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