Western Australia


Western Australia’s close proximity to Indonesia means that many West Australians prefer to hop on a plane to Indonesia rather than visit their sister states over on the east coast. AIYA WA was founded in 2012 to help connect young people to a network of like-minded individuals with an interest in all things Australia-Indonesia, and it continues to build strong community connections to strengthen the bilateral relationship. Connect with the Chapter and stay up to date with their events through social media:

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Committee Members

Kevin Ng is a bachelor student of Marketing at the University of Western Australia. He is involved in several community engagements and volunteering activities. In his free time, he contributes columns for several news agencies and media, such as Tempo, Tirto, Indoprogress, Mojok, Suara Peranakan, and others.

Kevin Ng

Chapter President

Fiona has loved connecting and socialising with young Australians and Indonesians with a similar passion and interest in the bilateral relationship. She was first involved in AIYA WA in 2013 which is a great, fun way to stay involved with the bilateral relationship. Since being exposed to the real Indonesia during high school, Fiona has had a strong interest in the Australia-Indonesia relationship. She has spent a considerable amount of time living, studying and travelling in Indonesia, including throughout Java, in Sulawesi and in Lombok. Fiona first learnt Indonesian in senior school high school. Fiona currently works on developing her small business Real Indonesia, which aims to connect Australians to authentic travel experiences in Indonesia that support local economic development.

Fiona Bettesworth

Vice President

Stewart Palmer


Matt joined AIYA WA as a General Executive Member in 2013, as has since served on the WA Committee in a variety of roles, including Chapter Secretary (2014) Chapter President (2014 -15) and Chapter Treasurer (2015 – 2017). Matt is currently employed as a Secretariat Officer at the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), facilitating a variety of study abroad programs for Australian tertiary students at Indonesian universities. Matt has spent significant time living in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and East Java as a student and young professional, and is passionate about facilitating events and activities through which Perth-based Indonesian and Indonesia-interested youth can meet each other and engage with the bilateral relationship.

Matthew Satchwell

General Executive Officer

Kemal is a passionate Indonesian Youth in Perth. He was born in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, raised in Jakarta and now lives in Yogyakarta. Throughout his experiences he has met and learnt a lot about the multiculturalism and the diversity of Indonesia. He joined AIYA WA to broaden his network and understanding of Australian culture. In Perth, he is taking a PhD at Curtin University and has an undergraduate from the same university, his research focuses on reactor optimisation. Besides this, he is also interested in socio-cultural and environmental issues in both in Australia and Indonesia.

Kemal Faza Hastadi

General Executive Officer

Adnan is from East Java. He joined AIYA in 2019 after attending the Indonesian Election discussion event held by AIYA WA. After spending 3 years of high school in Malang, he took a gap year to learn German and improve his English skills before moving to Perth to undertake study at Curtin University in 2017.

Adnan Fadhila

General Executive Officer

Stuart Smith

General Executive Officer

Isabelle Lange

General Executive Officer

Georgia Leyendekkers

General Executive Officer

Henrico Saeran

General Executive Officer

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