About AIYA

The Australia‐Indonesia Youth Association is a non‐government, youth-led organisation which aims to better connect young Indonesians and Australians to each other and to Australia-Indonesia related opportunities.

AIYA has active chapters in every Australian state and territory, as well as Jakarta, Jawa Barat, Yogyakarta and Eastern Indonesia. At a national level, AIYA is governed by an executive committee of early career professionals.

Vision

A stronger Australia-Indonesia relationship by advancing education and culture through increased youth engagement.

Mission

  • Connecting young Australians and Indonesians to each other, and to opportunities – educational, cultural and professional – to engage in the bilateral relationship.
  • Informing young people about the bilateral relationship, and avenues to engage with Australia and Indonesia.
  • Inspiring business, government, educational institutions and other organisations to support and facilitate youth engagement with Indonesia in Australia.

What does AIYA do?

AIYA Chapters run various kinds of events to connect, inform and inspire young Australians and Indonesians. We enable the sharing of language and cultural experiences through networking and language exchanges and other educational and cultural events. Events range from debate nights and guest speaker events where you’ll likely learn something new on topical issues facing both countries, to movie screenings and trivia nights focused on Australian and Indonesian history and culture.

AIYA also seeks to incubate innovative and wide-reaching initiatives that strive to enhance the Australia-Indonesia relationship amongst young people. For example, in 2015, Sally Hill founded the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards, the flagship initiative of AIYA that rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian language learning in Australia at all levels.

Another example is the Conference for Australia and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY), which operated as an initiative of AIYA from 2013 until the end of 2015. CAUSINDY and AIYA continue to work together as affiliates to build on their shared aspiration of a brighter future in Indonesia-Australia bilateral relations.

This website and the AIYA Blog, along with our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube are designed to provide young Australians and Indonesians with a forum for discussing the Australia-Indonesia relationship, connecting with each other and as a ‘one-stop-shop’ of resources to assist their engagement with each others’ countries and the related opportunities, events and activities.

Last updated 22 November 2017.