Since the 1960s, Southeast Asia has seen a big rise in both commercial and illicit salvage of underwater cultural heritage. These items are often taken from unprotected sites and sold through middlemen and auction houses to collectors and museums. In this process, the connection to their original locations is lost or obscured, diminishing their cultural and historical significance. (The Conversation)

In The News

  • Lebih dari 300 alumni Australia berkumpul di kediaman Duta Besar (Dubes) Australia untuk Indonesia Penny Williams, Rabu (24/4/2024). Mereka hadir memenuhi undangan Halal Bihalal. (Rakyat Merdeka)
  • Pelajar Indonesia raih emas dalam kompetisi global di Australia. Pelajar Indonesia berhasil membuktikan kemampuannya dalam bidang Matematika di ajang International Mathematics Exam Center (IMEC) 2024 yang diselenggarakan pada 14-21 April 2024 di Sydney, Australia dengan membawa pulang medali emas usai mengalahkan 11 negara lainnya. (Antara)
  • This Indonesian national dish had a brief claim to fame in Aussie culture. Nasi goreng might be a deeply loved dish throughout Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, but it has earned a place in Australia’s pop-cultural history, too. (Sydney Morning Herald)  
  • Indonesian court knocks back calls for presidential election re-run. Calls for a repeat of Indonesia’s presidential election came to nought on Monday in a court ruling that has both cleared the way for Prabowo Subianto to take office in October and sparked protests from supporters of the failed candidates.(Sydney Morning Herald)  
  • Indonesia election: Prabowo formally declared president-elect after court rejects legal challenges. Indonesia’s electoral commission has formally declared Prabowo Subianto president-elect in a ceremony, after the country’s highest court rejected challenges to his win by rival candidates. (The Guardian)

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  • Australia-Indonesia Cooperation Reveals Grassroots Impact of Climate Change. The World Meteorological Organization, an agency under the United Nations, has published data showing the increasingly dire situation of global warming. However, what is the significance of all this data at the grassroots level, such as in villages in Indonesia? This is what a group of researchers from Indonesia and Australia are currently investigating. (SBS Indonesian)
  • When Ben Cass first started Living Well Seniors Communities 10 years ago, private senior care service was a foreign concept in Indonesia. Fast forward to a decade later, the industry is on the verge of disruption, as real estate developers in Indonesian major cities rush to integrate the concept into emerging residential areas. As for Ben, he’s now looking to expand his business back to Australia. Check out his story on the latest episode of The Katalis Podcast. (IA-CEPA ECP Katalis)


  • JOIN AIYA FLEXour online language exchange is open to anyone with any level of Indonesian and English! AIYA Flex is back on 21 April, 4pm WIB/7pm AEST/ 5pm AWST. Join FLEX here.
    •  It is held monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 12pm WIB/4pm AEDT. (drafted)
  • 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.
    • VIC – Wednesday at 6-7pm at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre.
  • AIYA ACT hosts Weekly Gamelan classes every Monday, 6-8pm, at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia!
  • AIYA Jogja x AIYA VIC – Food Tour. Wed 1 May 16.00 – 17.30 WIB/ 4.00 – 5.30 PM AEST. Dive into each other culinary worlds to learn more about gastronomy cultures of Yogyakarta and Melbourne. Through the activities, participants will be able to learn new vocabularie and recipes. Event will happen online over zoom (Meeting ID: 886 4273 7107, Passcode: aiya). Register here.
  • AIYA SA – Late Night Nongkrong. Sat 18 May 8:30pm ACST at Abang Abang, 230 North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000. Keep an eye on their social media for more information.
  • AIYA Jawa Barat – Sports Day Event: Badminton. Sat 4 May 10:00-12:00 WIB at GRIT SportsClub Baltos.Keep an eye on their social media for more information.
  • Join AIYA NSW for an evening of lively connections and meaningful conversations at their casual speed networking event in the Courtyard @The Terminus, Pyrmont, on May 1st! Whether you’re a student, professional, or simply eager to expand your network, this event offers the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and forge new friendships. Don’t miss out on this exciting chance to build bridges across cultures and communities while enjoying refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere. Let’s connect and grow together!
  • The University of Sydney is hosting its annual Politics in Action forum 2024: Mapping Southeast Asia’s Political Landscape that features timely analysis of political affairs in six Southeast Asian countries. The forum will be held on 9 May at 12-4.30pm  Education Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building, The University of Sydney Camperdown campus, and livestreamed on USYD Facebook page. Register here.
  • Have interest in contemporary art? Come to contemporary art from Indonesia curated by Elly Kent @16albermarle Project Space / @Delmar Gallery, 4 May – 29 June. Stay tuned on 16albermarle Project Space / Delmar Gallery Instagram.
  • 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.
  • 16albermarle and Delmar Gallery are pleased to announce a major exhibition across each venues -“On Tradition Contemporary art from Indonesia” curated by Elly Kent and commencing on 4 May 2024 at 16albermarle Auburn NSW // Please join us for the opening reception & artist floor talks at 3 PM where artists Dewie Bukit, Dias Prabu will engage the talk and Australian/Indonesian artist Jumaadi will officiate the inauguration.
  • ANU Book Launch: She Wanted to be a Beauty Queen. She Wanted to be a Beauty Queen is the first-ever anthology of modern Javanese fiction in English translation. The stories range over issues of ethnic identity, male-female relationships, religious faith, status and face, making money, and how ‘Java’ sees the dominating reality of ‘Indonesia.’ Date: Wed, 8 May 2024, 4 – 5:30pm, Coombs Tea Room, HC Coombs Building 9 Fellows Rd, ANU


  • Submissions for the 9th ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival will open on 24 April. The theme for the 2024 competition is KEBERAGAMAN/DIVERSITY. Submissions open in FilmFreeway here on Wednesday 24 April and close on 2 August. Short films should be a maximum of 10 minutes, with $15,000 in prizes to be won across categories including Best Short Film, Best Fiction, Best Documentary and Best Young Filmmaker.
  • Indonesian Language Holiday Program. Our two day holiday program is back in 2024, offering an immersive experience for Indonesian Studies students who are keen to enhance their cultural understanding and Indonesian language skills. When: 9.00am – 4.00pm, 8 and 9 July 2024.
  • Where: Learning and Teaching Building, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3008. Spaces are limited, register now  to secure your spot
  • Monash University Indonesia Inspire Doctoral Scholarship Program (IIDSP). PhD Scholarship Overview. Scholarship Duration: 3.5 years. Scholarship Value: The scholarships cover PhD tuition fees, project-related costs, and provide an annual living stipend of AUD $10,632. Expression of Interest (EOI) Deadline: 30 June 2024. More information here
  • 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. Submission deadline 31 Aug 2024.
  • AIMEP (Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program) is calling for applications! Calling all emerging Muslim community leaders, activists, and changemakers from Australia and Indonesia! This is your opportunity to engage in rich dialogue and build meaningful networks with fellow emerging leaders and changemakers from Australia and Indonesia. Applications close on 13 May. Apply here.
  • Macquaire University is now open scholarship opportunities for all eligible students from ASEAN countries who commence their studies in 2024 and 2025. Special for chosen early acceptance scholarships will be valued at AUD $10,000 per year for the duration of your Bachelor’s or Master’s coursework degree (AUD $5,000 will be credited each session). Apply here
  • SKALA (Sinergi & Kolaborasi untuk Akselerasi Layanan Dasar Kemitraan Australia-Indonesia) is having few opportunities:
    • Internship Round 2 application and selection: June-July, with internship period: September-November. More information here.
  • The International Internships’ ProBuddy program is now open. Want to be a mentor and a friend for an Australian university student so that they can comfortably adjust to life in Indonesia? Don’t miss the chance to grab more benefits and also the certificate on completion of the program. Apply here ASAP.
  • ANU study grants:
    • Visiting Fellows Programs 2024 will open shortly to assist Indonesian academics to visit Australia for scholarly work. Stay tuned here.
  • AIYEP (Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program) 2024 is now taking expressions of interest for AIYEP 2024! ✨Established in 1982, AIYEP links youth (21-25 years old) in Australia and Indonesia through social, professional, and cultural exchange. See here for more information or submit your Expression of Interest here for Australians.
  • ACICIS Professional Practica applications are now open until 3 June! Undertake professional placements, field trips, language classes, seminars and more – $4000 grants are also available. Apply now.
  • 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. The scholarship is valued up to AUD249,900 for 3-4 years. Apply here by 31 July.
  • PWC Corporate Tax internships based in Jakarta are now open. As an Intern / Trainee, you’ll work as part of a team of problem solvers, helping to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution. Apply for talent pool here.
  • 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. Summer 2025 Deadline: 3 June 2024
  • 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 at 20.59 WIB. Applying is now even easier through a single application form at this link.
  • 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.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is opening various job opportunities. Check 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.
    • 2025 Graduate programs are now open. More Information can be found here
  • 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. $55,000 – 60,000 per annum, Fixed Term 12 Months. See here for more details
  • Indo Beyond Borders (IBB) is an Indonesian tutoring service, where language learning goes beyond the textbook. Join IBB and embark on an immersive learning experience that’s as dynamic and vibrant as Indonesia itself. Here to check more information
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Indonesia Project is offering a number of grants and fellowships. Find out more about the opportunities: Ruth Daroesman Graduate Study Grant, Student Research Grants, Collaborative Research Grants, and Visiting Fellow Grants.
  • 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 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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