Muslims have welcomed Idul Fitri with festivities to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan after three years of muted celebrations due to COVID-19-induced restrictions. (The Jakarta Post)

In the News

  • ‘Awesome’ solar eclipse wows viewers in Australia and Indonesia. “It’s only a minute long, but it really felt like a long time. There’s nothing else you can see which looks like that. (NBC News)
  • Embracing the different ways Indonesia and Australia view the region – It would be a mistake to assume enhanced defence cooperation means the two countries share a strategic outlook (Lowy Institute)
  • Eleven Indonesian fishermen were rescued by Australian maritime authorities. The first group of 11 men swam to shore on the remote Bedwell Island, about 300 km west of Broome on the northwestern Australian coast. (CNN)
  • In February 2024, Indonesia will hold its next presidential election. Three potential presidential candidates include Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto (Gerindra), Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo (PDIP-Not yet nominated), and former governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan (NasDem, Demokrat, PKS) are expected to perform amidst the US-China rivalry.  (FULCRUM – Analysis on SEA)
  • To commemorate Kartini Day on the 21st of April, four rising public figures pay tribute to the enduring original female icon (The Jakarta Post).
  • Kelompok Mpu Uteun adalah sejumlah perempuan yang merasa resah dengan risiko bencana akibat perambahan hutan, dan berjuang untuk berpatroli mengatasi penebangan liar maupun perburuan, membongkar jerat pemburu, mendokumentasikan tanaman maupun satwa asli setempat, hingga menanam pohon. (The Conversation)
  • Rector of Hasanuddin University (Unhas) Jamaluddin Jompa and Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Penny Williams discussed research-based plans and developments running between the Australian and Indonesian government and institutions/ (ANTARA)

On the Blog

  • The New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarship is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region for up to 19 months. In 2023, 150 scholars were selected as recipients of the NCP Scholarship, with only eight being awarded the scholarship for Indonesia. Read NCP scholars’ experience in submitting successful applications on AIYA Blog here.

Tune In

  • Apple podcast Talking Indonesia’s latest update had Mr Kevin O’Rourke talking about many issues: the fragility of Indonesian democracy, Indonesia as a country of two systems, politics and football, Anies Baswedan’s presidential electability and the super coalitions that Indonesian political parties are currently forming.


  • AIYA Indigenous Engagement Events! The Kumpul Committee was established to connect with and celebrate the Indigenous cultures of both Australia and Indonesia.
    • AIYA Kumpul has an upcoming book club, spotlighting one perspective of Australia’s multicultural history based on Ryan Butta’s “The Ballad of Abdul Wade”. The book features the lives of the Afghan cameleers who were pioneering forces of national transportation in colonial Australia. Mark your calendar and join this event on Sunday, 4 June at 5pm AEST / 2pm WIB here.
    • Interested in joining our First Nations Book Club? Join the WA group here and/or the FB group here to keep up to date.
  • JOIN AIYA ON DISCORD! AIYA would like to cordially invite you to join our Discord, an online group-chatting platform. We will be using Discord a digital hub for AIYA activities including:
    • Games nights – AIYA will be hosting casual and impromptu gatherings on Discord
    • Ngobrol Santai – any AIYA member will be able to join and chat with other members whenever you want.
  • JOIN AIYA FLEX – our online language exchange now moved to Zoom! It is open to anyone with any level of Indonesian and English, and held monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 1pm WIB/4pm AEST. Starting on 4 September, join FLEX here (a recurring link).
  • 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. In-person language exchange is on:
    • ACT: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Marie Reay Building, ANU. Follow @aiya_act on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • NSW: Every Thursday, 6:30pm, alternating between in-person and online on Zoom. Follow @aiya_nsw on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • VIC: Every Wednesday, 6pm, Gallery Room, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Follow @aiya_victoria on Instagram or Facebook for more info.
    • YOGYA: Biweekly on Mondays, 7pm, Lokio Cafe. Follow @aiya.yogyakarta for more info.
  • Lowy Institute is organising an “Australia and Indonesia: diverging neighbours in the Indo-Pacific?” panel discussion. Time & Date: Wed 26 Apr 6:15 PM- 7:15 PM, Old Parliament House 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT. Click here for more info.
  • AIYA NSW is hosting a hybrid seminar on “How to Build a Startup – Panel & Networking”. The event will be held on 27 April at 4.30pm AEST. The in-person event will be at Sydney Knowledge Hub, Merewether Building, The University of Sydney. Click here for more info.
  • ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) presents The 17th Indonesian Film Festival – “Spectacles of Indonesia’s Silver Screen”. Time & Date: Thu 27– Sun 30 Apr, Melbourne ACMI, Fed Square. Click here for more info.
  • The University of Sydney is having an online webinar titled “Politics in Action 2023: Indonesia update” as part of its annual forum. List of experts from SEA countries will each present for 20 minutes. Time & Date: Tues 2 May, 1.15pm(AEST)  | 10.15am WIB. Click here to register.
  • Monash University is hosting a day of thought provoking conversations and networking and private screening of “The Endangered Generation”. Time & Date: Fri 12 May 2023, Monash University Indonesia, Green Office 9 Building, Jl. BSD Green Office Park. Click here for more info.
  • Footscray Arts Exhibition “Celebrating the continuity of art styles based on Balinese Hindu belief and local influences within the contemporary context”. Time & Date : Tue 18 April – Sun 25 June, Footscray Community Arts.Click here for more info.


  • AIYA Victoria is looking for more committee members for their 2023 committee. Apply and find more info here.
  • NAILA’s annual speech competition that recognizes excellence in Indonesian studies is here with a prize up to $2000. If you are non-native and would challenge yourself with the theme ‘Food’, click here for more info.
  • PROSPERA, a partnership facility of the Australian Department of Foreign and Trade and the Government of Indonesia for economic development, is now opening job opportunity for Performance (MEL) Adviser. The job is international. If this is interesting, apply here by 2 May.
  • SKALA Program, a significant Australian investment designed to help Indonesia strengthen selected elements of Indonesia’s large and complex decentralised government system responsible for the delivery of basic services, is now opening new job opportunity for Planning & Quality Lead. Apply here by 2 May.
  • ACICIS Study Indonesia, a non-profit consortium of universities that develops and coordinates high quality, in-country study options in Indonesia, is now opening job opportunities for Bandung Program Assistant, until 7 May. Submit your applications here by 7 May.
  • Inside Indonesia is looking for a reliable volunteer to help with uploading a few articles to the website every couple of weeks. Please send your interest to [email protected]
  • The John Legge Prize is one of seven prize/grant schemes offered by the Asian Studies Association of Australia. This prize recognizes cutting edge research performed by postgraduates across our broad field of research. Applications for the 2023 John Legge Prize for the Best Thesis in Asian Studies in 2022 are now open until Friday 28 April.
  • Find out if you are eligible to receive a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant here.
  • Kolaborasi Pengetahuan dan Inovasi Australia Indonesia (KONEKSI) is calling for expressions of interest for the Australia-Indonesia Research Collaboration Grants 2023. Apply here.
  • Cowater International is hiring for several positions, including a Communications and Graphic Design Officer, EOI for the Australia-Indonesia Research Collaboration Grants 2023, Human Resources/Payroll/Safeguards Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, and Senior Research Officer. Check out their website here for more information.
  • Asia Education Foundation is looking for students to participate in a 3-week virtual Indonesian Language learning program for 44 x Year 9 students in Victorian schools. Express your interest here.
  • Indonesia Australia Language Foundation (IALF) is looking for AEF Program Manager to provide support on its international programs. More info here.
  • The Jakarta Bintangs is an Australian Football Club with membership open to women, men and children of all nationalities, ages and ability. Beginners are most welcome. The club organizes games throughout the year. Most games are played in Jakarta, with occasional games across Indonesia and overseas. Tours are planned to Bali, Batam, Vietnam and Thailand this year. Trainings are held mostly held at Lapangan Bola Aldiron in Jakarta on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. On occasion, trainings are also held Thursday nights in the GBK complex.To keep up to date with training schedule follow them on Instagram @jakartabintangs, or contact Han on 081119337855. For more information click here.
  • Would you like to travel, intern and make lifelong friends in Indonesia for free? Value Learning is sending out an Expression of Interest for the Australian Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. Register here.
  • USYD is looking for a Communications and Events officer responsible for producing all communications and marketing material in consultation with the Director and Deputy Director, managing our social media presence and website, coordinating, and promoting all events and activities, and liaising with other professional service units as required to fulfil these tasks. Apply here.
  • Mosaic Connections is looking for a Communications Manager to lead with planning and developing social media campaigns. Apply here.
  • The Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program will establish 10 new school partnerships between Australian and Indonesian schools. This will include 10 Australian schools and 10 schools from across Indonesia, including schools, madrasahs and pesantren from primary (SD/MI) and secondary levels (SMP/MTs, SMA/MA/SMK). Find the application form for Indonesian schools/madrasahs here and the form for Australian schools here.
  • The Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders to obtain a Masters or PhD from an Australian tertiary institution. The Scholarships have been an important component of the Australian Government’s aid program in Indonesia since 1953. Through study, research and networking, scholarship recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia. Applications for these scholarships are open now until the 1st of May.
  • Register now to take part in the 17th Indonesian Film Festival Short Film Competition. The theme for the Competition is “Magnum Opus”.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre is launching its online Talent Accelerator Program (TAP), aimed at increasing the impact and leadership of early career researchers across Indonesia and Australia. Apply here.
  • Do you have a great Indonesia-Australia business development idea that needs connecting and support? Submit your ideas to Katalis through its business portal here. Proposals can be submitted all year, and will be subject to approval from the governments of Indonesia and Australia.
  • Bukalapak, an Indonesian-based tech unicorn with over 100 million users, 2 thousand plus employees, and a brand new office opening right here in Melbourne! They are looking for multiple positions in Jakarta, Sydney and Melbourne. Apply 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
  • DT Global (KIAT) is opening various employment opportunities and current tenders. Find out more 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental, and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
  • Career Insights: Graduate Programs in International Affairs In this article, YAIA has pulled together a curated list of graduate programs with an international focus, across federal Government departments and agencies, state and territory governments, and the private sector, that are available to apply for in 2023. Find out more here.

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