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 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.
This is our inaugural wrap-up of AIYA’s achievements and highlights of 2016. The AIYA Annual provides an opportunity to showcase the diverse range of engaging activities and initiatives that you may have missed during the year. You will find updates from our chapters around Australia and Indonesia, who have been involved in everything from batik competitions and traditional dance, to debates and career champion speaker sessions.
The Annual also brings you a wrap-up of the year in bilateral relations, as well as a summary of the AIYA Blog’s 2016 highlights and information on our collaborations with partners and affiliates.
In March-April 2016, AIYA conducted a survey to gain feedback to make AIYA an even better organisation, and ensure we continue representing your views in our mission to connect, inform and inspire Australian and Indonesian young people.
This AIYA Survey Report showcases some interesting trends since our previous 2014 survey, and provides a glimpse of young Australian and Indonesian views on the key issues and policies affecting Australia-Indonesia relationship. AIYA National extends special thanks to Michael Tarn and Admira Nuradzhani for assisting to create a professional and comprehensive survey report.
2014 Member Survey
Each year AIYA conducts a survey to get our members’ views both about how AIYA is operating and about key policy issues impacting young people involved in the Australia – Indonesia relationship. This report focuses largely on the latter, providing a synopsis of our membership but focusing largely on the views of those members on matters of public policy.
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:
- Addressing immigration barriers;
- Addressing poor cultural perceptions;
- Fostering people-to-people links between young people;
- Creating a youth perspective in the bilateral relationship; and
- Boosting demand for Indonesia capability through indirect measures.
Response to the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper
Following the release of the federal government’s Australia in the Asian Century white paper, AIYA prepared a formal response sharing AIYA’s response to the document’s policy direction, and providing specific recommendations for consideration by State and Commonwealth governments. Recommendations focussed on challenges for applicants to the Indonesian work and holiday visa program and poor demand in governments and business for Asia-literate graduates.
(Response currently unavailable, will be uploaded in due time)
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.
Last Updated 3rd April 2017.