Victoria is home to most Australian students studying Indonesian language and culture in the country and the AIYA Victoria team looks to capitalise on this interest by hosting a range of exciting events year-round. Established in 2012, the Victoria team has built meaningful connections with the Indonesian community in the state and aims to spread awareness of the Australia-Indonesia relationship as much as possible. Stay up to date with the team via social media:

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Committee Members

Lachlan graduated his Bachelor of Arts with Honours, majoring in Indonesian and International relations at Deakin University mid of 2021. During study, he sought to advance his Indonesian studies and joined AIYA Victoria in 2020 as a member. In 2021, Lachlan took a step further and joined the committee as an education facilitator to help provide the knowledge and opportunities he obtained at AIYA such as writing for La Trobe Asia and interning for Global Victoria.

Lachlan Cropley

Chapter President

Eddy is studying a Bachelor of Science and Global Studies at Monash University, majoring in Geographical Sciences and International Relations. He has an avid interest in international affairs, previously working for and advising Politicians in both Australia and the Middle East and is currently working for numerous organisations in Youth Education, Diplomacy and Politics in Australia and the ASEAN region. Eddy has completed two short-term mobility programs in Paris, France, has completed a long-term mobility program in the Middle East for two years and was a Delegate in AIYEP 2021. He has a passion for youth empowerment and advocacy, aiming to create a platform for Youth voices at the highest levels of business, corporations and government.

Eddy Lichtig


Pat completed his Bachelors of Civil Engineering and is currently working as a water engineer. His thesis investigated organic waste biosorption of toxic heavy metals from the Citarum River in West Java. Pat is passionate about water sanitation and the development of public infrastructure and how it can be used to improve millions of lives in both Australia and Indonesia.

Patrick Tanner


Christina Amanda (Christie) is born and raised in Bandung, Jawa Barat, and is currently studying Industrial Design at RMIT Melbourne. She admires how different cultures mesh and mix together, and channels her Indonesian upbringing through the occasional batiking or watercolouring, and singing Indo indie songs. Through AIYA, she hopes to share her heritage and learn more about Australian culture.

Christina Amanda

Communications Officer

Celina obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and Architecture Design from the University of Melbourne. Throughout her studies, she was involved as a project architect and worked around multiple design studios in Australia. She was also involved in digital design and branding at various ecommerce retailers such as Bellabox, Alice McCall and Giant Bicycles, where she realised her passion lies in ecommerce. By joining AIYA, Celina is really excited to learn more about the relationship between Australia and Indonesia as well as meet people working in this space.

Celina Yaputra

Professional Program Officer

Anin is currently undertaking his final year in a Bachelor of International Studies, specialising in Development, at RMIT University, whilst also studying Bahasa Indonesia at Melbourne University. Additionally, he has recently commenced a Development Studies Professional Practicum with ACICIS as the internship component of his degree. Anin was also selected as a delegate for the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program 2021 (AIYEP2021), from which he was introduced to AIYA and pursued his role as one of the socio-cultural officers for AIYA Victoria.

Anin Cotton

Social-Cultural Officer

Saxon is undertaking a BA degree at Swinburne University in Melbourne, majoring in Politics and International Relations. With an interest in Indo-Pacific geopolitics and a love for socio-cultural enlightenment, he joined AIYEP 2021’s second intake. He has developed a keen interest in Indonesia, and a desire to learn more about Indonesia’s socio-cultural-political spheres. Saxon is interested in strengthening the bilateral relations between Australia, Indonesia and other Asia-Pacific states. Saxon is also a DJ and event manager which helps him gain new life experiences.

Saxon Williams

Socio-Cultural Officer

Vincent is currently studying his masters in food science at the University of Melbourne. He first came to Australia when he was 14 years old during the summer holidays and instantly fell in love with the culture and people. As a new member of AIYA, Vincent wishes to use his skills to help inspire many young Indonesian and Australians in their professional career and personal growth.

Vincent Ganda

Education Facilitator

Born and raised in Jakarta to a Javanese mother and an Australian father, Chris is a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Melbourne- currently completing a double major of Indonesian Studies and Politics & International Studies. As education facilitator, Chris aims to foster a fun learning environment that bridges any cultural differences between Indonesian and Australian students.

Chris Redden

Education Facilitator

Angus graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2020, majoring in politics and Indonesian studies. That same year, he completed an intensive, multi-disciplinary program at Udayana University in Bali. In 2021, he was selected to be an Australian delegate in the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. During which, he also completed an internship at indospeak.

Angus Baranikow

Vice President

Ashanti is a master student in Monash University majoring in TESOL. She enjoys learning new things, particularly anything that has to do with traditional and artistic cultures. Her interest in Aus-Indo space began to grow once she joined AIYEP in 2021, which gave her many incredible experiences in both personal and professional setting. She now serves as an aiya officer to further strengthen the Aus-Indo relationship.

Ashanti Dayani Ajengpitaloka


Argi is an experienced Learning and Development manager pursuing a master's in Education at Monash University. Coming from a rural area in Indonesia, he was inspired to make an impact on society through education, leadership, and community relations. Joining AIYA in 2021, he aims to strengthen the relationship between Australia and Indonesia for mutual effects and collaboration.

Muhamad Argi Afriandi

Education Officer

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