Public Submissions

Submission to the IA-CEPA Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

The focus of this submission is on the perspectives of young Australians and Indonesians engaging with each other within the Australia‐Indonesia relationship.

Half of Indonesia’s population is aged between 18 and 34 years of age. Australia must recognise that youth play an influential role in cultivating trust between Indonesian and Australian politics and society and cultivating people-to-people links.

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Submission to Foreign Policy White Paper 2017

AIYA submitted a formal response to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s call for submissions to the Foreign Policy White Paper in 2017. The Foreign Policy White Paper will create a comprehensive framework to guide Australia’s international relationships over the next five to ten years, and is the first of its kind since 2003.

AIYA’s submission presents a series of comprehensive recommendations to deepen and diversify the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and is based in part on the results of the 2016 AIYA Survey. AIYA’s mission is to advance education relating to Australia and Indonesia through increased youth engagement.

AIYA asserts that language skills, cross-cultural competency and understanding, and youth initiatives are paramount to developing strong relationships that advance Australia’s national interests in the region. AIYA submits that the Australian Government should focus on successfully managing relationships and forming mutually beneficial partnerships with countries in the Asian region, with Indonesia being the country that matters most, in forming its foreign policy narrative for the next decade and beyond.


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Submission to Towards 2025: Australia’s Indonesia Strategy in the Asian Century

AIYA prepared a formal submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Indonesia Country Strategy process, a series of documents designed to pick up from the federal government’s 2012 Australia in the Asian Century white paper. The submission was based on the results of a survey of 207 young Australians and Indonesians.

The submission made five key recommendations:


  1. Addressing immigration barriers;

  2. Addressing poor cultural perceptions;

  3. Fostering people-to-people links between young people;

  4. Creating a youth perspective in the bilateral relationship; and

  5. Boosting demand for Indonesia capability through indirect measures.

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Submission to the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper


AIYA’s formal submission to the ‘Australia in the Asian Century White Paper’ was based on a survey of young Australians and Indonesians, concentrating on issues relating to the Indonesian work and holiday visa program, support for Asia-literate graduates, and opportunities for greater people-to-people engagement.

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