Australia Capital Territory

AIYA was born out of the Australian Capital Territory’s largest university – the Australian National University. The ACT is home to many Australians looking to build deeper links with Indonesia through language and cultural studies, and so it was natural that AIYA ACT, established in 2012, was formed to provide a space for these young people to learn in a setting outside of a university lecture theater. The ACT team arranges a number of engaging events across a range of topics, to stay up to date with what’s going on, follow the Chapter on social media:

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Committee Members

Kilau currently works as a media officer in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. She is of Indonesian descent but was born in the US and migrated to Canberra when she was 4. Kilau is an experienced reporter and freelance journalist for both Indonesia and Australia, interning at Metro TV, TVRI and SBS. She participated in the RUILI Program in 2015 and AIYEP 2018/19 in Riau Province as an Australian delegate. She has been part of the Indonesian community in Canberra for 22 years and is committed to promote Indonesian language and culture in Australia. Kilau graduated with a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism from the University of Canberra.

Kilau Timur

Chapter President

Charlie is in his third year of Economics and Asian Studies at ANU and has had a keen interest in Indonesia since he started learning Indonesian in year 7. Charlie has been to Indonesia several times both to backpack around its many islands and to do intensive language study. Most recently, Charlie was in Indonesia representing Australia at an Indonesian speech competition where he spoke about the importance of religious and ethnic tolerance.

Charlie Barnes

Vice President

Aaron is in his fourth year of Laws (Hons) and International Security Studies at the ANU. He is studying a minor in Indonesian language. Aaron grew up in Brisbane before he began studying at the ANU. It was here that he developed a love for Indonesian culture and language. Aaron has travelled to Indonesia several times – most recently in July 2019, when he travelled to Salatiga, Central Java, to undertake an ACICIS short language course at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana. Aaron has an interest in Indonesian Law and Australia-Indonesia relations and trade. He hopes to travel to Indonesia to undertake an exchange in 2021 or 2022. Aaron believes AIYA is a valuable tool to connect future leaders from Indonesia and Australia, and learn about each other’s cultures, customs and languages.

Aaron Bronitt


Isaac grew up in Brisbane, Queensland, where he started studying Indonesian in 2014. Since then, he has been continuously involved in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association as a Treasurer in the Queensland and Canberra chapters. Isaac has also completed an exchange semester in Yogyakarta, and participated in the RUILI program in Lombok, and Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in Pekanbaru. Isaac has also written an honours thesis in Indonesian history. In 2019, Isaac moved to Canberra, where he now works for the public service.

Isaac Bennet


Charlotte is studying a double degree of Asian Studies and Languages, and is majoring in Southeast Asian Studies and Indonesian language. She has studied Indonesian since primary school. In 2018, she completed an Indonesian Studies H-Course at the ANU, which sparked her interest in Indonesian politics and culture. Charlotte currently works as an Indonesian language tutor to college students and is passionate about the continuation of Indonesian language programs in Australian schools.

Charlotte Hains

Communications Officer

Sarah Binney is studying a double degree of a Bachelor of Asian Studies/ Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Australian National University, majoring in Northeast Asia Studies and minoring in Bahasa Indonesia. Her passion for Australia-Indonesia relations began in high school, where she studied Bahasa Indonesia for 6 years. She later chose to continue her studies of Bahasa Indonesia at university and completed two language courses in Salatiga, Indonesia, through the ANU offered ACICIS exchange program. Sarah also had the opportunity to intern at the Australian Consulate-General in Surabaya in 2020, further cementing her passion for enhancing Australia-Indonesia relations. Sarah has been an executive member of AIYA ACT for over 3 years now, and her favourite thing about the association is the rich community and breadth of opportunities that AIYA ACT provides.

Sarah Binney

Communications Officer

Zachary is a second-year Bachelor of International Relations and Bachelor of Economics student. Having lived in multiple towns and cities across Indonesia, Zachary has a deep interest in Indonesia’s politics, culture and economy. He has interned for the Indonesian Consulate General in Perth, focusing on economic and socio-cultural affairs Zachary hopes to travel to Indonesia in 2021 or 2022 to undertake a language exchange and an ACICIS short course.

Zachary Hall

Education Officer

Lucas is an undergraduate student studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics/International Security Studies with a minor in Indonesian language at the ANU. He has a passion to understand and develop Australia’s bilateral relationship with Indonesia. Through ACICIS, Lucas completed a short Indonesian language course, and is participating in a virtual Development Studies Professional Practicum based in Indonesia throughout January and February 2021. As an AIYA committee member, he seeks to engage with Australia’s relationship with Indonesia in a meaningful and productive way and hopes to return to Indonesia soon to improve his language abilities and learn more about Indonesian culture.

Lucas Greenslade

Education Officer

Emily is an undergraduate student currently undertaking a double degree in Languages and Arts at the ANU, majoring in Indonesian language. Since beginning Indonesian language in Year 7, Emily’s interest in and passion for Indonesian language and culture has been nurtured through her completion of an Indonesian Studies H-Course at the ANU (2017) and her travels to Indonesia with the Indonesian Embassy (2016) and ACICIS (2020) for cultural immersion and intensive language study respectively. Emily hopes to deepen her knowledge and understanding of Indonesian culture through future travel to the country and plans to pursue work in Indonesian language education in the future.

Emily McNaught

Socio-Cultural Officer

Callum has recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Australian National University in Asian Studies with a major in Indonesian studies. Over the summer, he will be interning virtually with UnDikNas Bali within the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program as an Australian delegate. Callum will begin a Graduate Diploma in International Affairs in 2021 where he will continue to deepen and expand his research in language education, diplomacy and youth engagement between Australia and Indonesia.

Callum Fitzgerald

Education Team

Jack recently completed his undergraduate studies at the Australian National University, graduating with a degree in Arts and International Relations (Honours) with a minor in Indonesian language. He travelled to Salatiga in 2018 on the Indonesian Language Short Course program at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, and to Jakarta and Bandung in 2019 for a course on international security in Southeast Asia. These experiences greatly influenced his research interest in Indonesian foreign policy. Through his role at AIYA, Jack hopes to help Australian students connect with Indonesian language and culture, and to promote youth engagement in Australia-Indonesia relations.

Jack McDermott

Education Team

Savannah is currently studying a double degree in political science and international relations at the Australian National University. She has a keen interest in Indonesian politics and society and particularly how Australia understands and engages with Indonesia. Savannah is currently looking to study Indonesian under the diploma of languages to help further her interest in Indonesia.

Savannah Benson

Socio-Cultural Team

Originally from Queensland, Zac studied Public Policy and Indonesian language at Griffith University but now works for a federal department in Canberra. When he started studying Bahasa, Zac was clueless about Indonesia but after joining AIYA, among other organisations, a strong passion for cross-cultural understanding and connection began to bloom. This led Zac to complete two semesters of exchange study in Jogja. Although mostly focusing on Indonesian government and political theory, Zac also cultivated his passion for traditional Yogyakarta culture by studying Javanese language and dance. Zac’s longstanding engagement with AIYA has emerged from his determination to contribute towards greater understanding and connections between young people in Australia and Indonesia.

Zac Look

General Executive Officer

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