AIYA Links: 1 June

Photo: Asian Development Bank

Contrary to global trends indicating a gender-related pay gap, recent research suggests that women in Indonesia are paid more than their male counterparts for the same job. However despite Indonesia’s outlier status, Indonesian women are still less likely than men to work in top positions.

In the news

  • The first foreign university is expected to open in Indonesia this year as part of the country’s attempt to improve higher education performance. Alongside this mission, Indonesia is pushing its top five universities to become world-class by 2019.
  • In light of Uber’s recent withdrawal from the Southeast Asian region, Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based ride-hailing app is anticipated to fill this void, by investing $500 million dollars to expand into Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines.
  • Indonesia at Melbourne explores events which have led to internal divisions within its two largest Muslim organisations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah since the fall of the New Order and how they have affected the organisations’ religious and political positions.
  • Indonesia continues to have one of the highest rates of smoking in the world. Australia’s undisputed status as a world leader in tobacco control suggests it should play a role in helping Indonesia drive long-term change in smoking-behaviours.
  • Since Indonesian contemporary art emerged into the international scene it has been expected to say something about Indonesia. Greg Doyle highlights how past politics and present pragmatism has driven its contemporary art to resist conservative notions of ‘keindonesiaan’ and command new respect in the global art world.
  • Indonesian photographer Agan Harahap’s seeks to raise awareness of fake news through his faux-paparazzi snaps. His rise to viral fame from these doctored photos remains timely given the Indonesian government’s attempts to tackle the proliferation of online hoaxes.
  • A day before formally commencing his position as Indonesian correspondent in Jakarta, ABC journalist David Lipson recounts being swiftly deployed to cover the series of suicide bombings which occurred in Surabaya earlier this month.
  • Indonesian journalist Tri Joko Her Riadi and Australian journalist Andrew Green have both received the 2018 Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award. The award builds on the work of Elizabeth O’Neill to foster mutual understanding of Australia and Indonesia through accurate and informed media coverage.

On the blog

  • Voluntourism is an increasingly popular form of international travel that allows travellers to contribute to sustainable development initiatives whilst exploring a new country and culture. This week on the blog, Alexander Horton lays out the three questions every volunteer should ask themselves to ensure they get the most out of their voluntourism trip abroad.  

Events

AIYA are still hosting screenings of the incredible Indonesian documentary, Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail, across Australia.

  • Hobart – 8 June, 7pm, Centenary Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania
  • Darwin – Rescheduled! Details TBA
  • Perth – Rescheduled! Details TBA

Grab your tickets using the above links to secure your spot! For any questions about any of the screenings, please contact your local chapter.

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA QLD! The Chapter is looking for an Events Officer, Sunshine Coast. If you’re interested in joining the team please email qld.president@aiya.org.au.  
  • The Asian Studies Association of Australia is seeking self-motivated, energetic students to volunteer at its premier, biennial conference on the 3-5 July at the University of Sydney. Click here for more information about the positions and email asaa2018.conference@sydney.edu.au by 14 June if you are interested!
  • Are you a youth leader (21-35 years old) in the Australia-Indonesia space? CAUSINDY wants you for its annual youth conference! This year’s program will be held from 5-8 September in Makassar, the vibrant maritime capital of South Sulawesi and gateway to eastern Indonesia. Applications close 4 June 2018. Don’t miss out!
  • Indonesia Development Forum (Jakarta, 10-11 July 2018) is hosting a competition to tackle regional disparities across the Indonesian archipelago. You must submit either a blog, vlog, or infographic which discusses how you would overcome regional inequalities (#AtasiKesenjangan) in Indonesia.
  • Saksara, an Indonesia-based organisation dedicated to facilitating international research collaboration and transnational education, is searching for a new Research & Communications Associate in Bandung. Details attached. Be quick, applications close end of June!
  • Applications for the AIC’s ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival are now open! This year’s theme is ‘Youth’. Ayo, bikin film, yuk! Submission close 31 July 2018.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 20 April

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It is estimated that at least 20 million of Indonesia’s 260 million people practice local traditional beliefs. Ancient beliefs, or aliran kepercayaan, are traditional beliefs outside the six government-recognised religions. In a country where religion plays a large part in public life, aliran kepercayaan devotees may still feel ostracised.

In the news

  • The rising intolerance against religious and sexual minorities have raised concerns about the growing influence of more conservative forms of Islam in Indonesia. Are we seeing a conservative turn in Indonesian Islam? Listen to the latest Talking Indonesia Podcast where Dr Charlotte Setijadi discussed religious authority in Islam with Dr Ahmad Najib Burhani.
  • The refugee families are feeling the pressure of being stranded forever in Indonesia. With crippling conditions and rising number of reports of depression, the desperation is palpable. The Guardian reports the story on the streets outside the Kalideres detention centre.
  • Indonesian state universities are welcoming the latest policy of President Joko Widodo’s administration allowing foreign academics to serve as permanent lecturers in the country’s universities. The move is an attempt to increase the country’s quality of higher education and meet international standards.
  • The global success of Satudarah, an outlaw motorcycle gang with roots in the Netherlands’ Indonesian community, speaks to the ongoing socio-economic marginalisation of Indonesian and other diaspora communities in the west.
  • High-tech startup success stories shouldn’t hide that the Indonesian economy and population are relying primarily on micro and small businesses that are low-tech and low-growth. President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) recently launched an industry roadmap, “Making Indonesia 4.0” and here is why microenterprises need more support.
  • When it comes to hacking Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams, motorbike taxis such as Go-Jek and Grab are most common solutions to get around the city fast and cheap. What about for two or more people commuting together? Bajaj Qute is now the latest example of entrepreneurial traffic in Indonesia’s capital.
  • Fluffy Lamb may be a tiny stall at the corner of Fremantle Markets, but it has just been named one of the top Indonesian restaurants in the world.
  • If you are planning to head to the Indonesian Film Festival, check out VICE’s interview with Mouly Surya, the director of Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts who does not believe talent is everything.

Events

  • Darwin, 18 – 20 April – Check out the last day of Mini Indonesian Film Festival held at Deckchair Cinema.
  • Canberra, 22 April – Come take part in an authentic Aussie BBQ and meet some new friends at AIYA Bush BBQ! There will be traditional Aussie foods like pavlova and a sausage sizzle (halal and veggie options are also available).
  • Yogyakarta, 23 April – Celebrating Kartini Day, AIYA Yogyakarta will have a Dialog and Talkshow on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Indonesia. This event is free, in Indonesian, and open for public!
  • Sydney 3 – 26 April – Visit Fountain Court at Parliament House to check out Jesslyn Putri Imelda’s painting exhibition this month! With the theme of The World, Through Colours, Jesslyn’s work showcasing Indonesia can be seen from 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Melbourne, 26 April – 2 May – The annual Indonesian Film Festival returns, with some of the biggest films of the past year. Get your tickets now to Pengabdi Setan, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Banda and more!
  • Perth, 4 May – Join AIYA WA for the next business breakfast hosted by Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) with Ambassador to Australia for Indonesia, H.E. Mr Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo and Hon. Bill Johnston MLA will also be addressing this gathering. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Sydney, 18 May – Join the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’s annual Politics in Action Forum, bringing political updates from Southeast Asia to researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines and beyond.

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA National! We are on the hunt for a Web and IT Officer. We have extended the deadline to 4 May so be sure to apply before then!
  • Join AIYA QLD! The Chapter is looking for new team members to join the committee. Check out the open job descriptions and find out how you can apply here. Yuk!
  • Join AIYA Jakarta! AIYA Jakarta is looking to fill the roles of Events Officer, Membership and Partnerships Officer, Treasurer and Secretary, Communications Officer, and General Committee Member at its upcoming AGM in April. If you would like to be part of the AIYA Jakarta team, please send a one-page expression of interest and your CV to jakarta@aiya.org.au.
  • CAUSINDY (Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth) is looking for passionate young Australian and Indonesian professionals to join the team for the upcoming conference as Chief Comms Officer, Tech Officer, Digital Content Office, and Programs Officer. Check out the job descriptions and how you can apply here.
  • The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) is looking for volunteers! Check out the open roles here and how you can be part of a team dedicated to improving the bilateral relationship and Indonesian language studies in Australia. Applications are due on 30 April 2018.
  • Applications for the AIC’s ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival are now open! This year’s theme is ‘Youth’. Ayo, bikin film, yuk!
  • The Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure (KIAT) program is looking for a Program Officer – Private Sector Engagement. Applications close on 24 April 2018. For more information, please click here.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 13 April

Short films are a great way to share stories and build understanding, and ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition is back with this year’s theme of Youth/Pemuda. Film submissions are now open until 31 July and find out how you can get involved.

In the news

  • Indonesia declared a state of emergency after a deadly oil spill off the coast of the island of Borneo continued to spread. This oil spill costs Indonesia’s poor, whose income relies on fishing.
  • Indonesia’s vast maritime space (second biggest in the world) is hotly contested between modern and traditional fishermen. Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat at the University of Manchester writes about the plight of traditional fishermen in Indonesia.
  • Indonesia busted fish pirates using an 30-km-long net. The ecosystem-endangering vessel may also have been involved in human trafficking.
  • Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara asserted the ministry will surely shut down social media platform Facebook in Indonesia following its users’ data breach scandal. The ministry has sent a written notice on April 5 and urged Facebook to submit a report on the number of Indonesian users’ whose data were breached.
  • Eighty-two people have died and 100 more in a critical condition in two Indonesian provinces after they were poisoned by a batch of bootleg alcohol. It is suspected to be the worst-ever mass fatality caused by alcohol poisoning in the country.
  • Indigenous elders on the Mid North Coast are sharing their knowledge about environmental sustainability with Indonesian marine and fisheries leaders from Maluku.
  • Former general Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Joko Widodo in next year’s presidential election, setting up a rerun of the 2014 race.

On the blog

  • The First Australians were among the world’s earliest great ocean explorers, undertaking a remarkable 2,000 km maritime migration through Indonesia which led to the discovery of Australia at least 65,000 years ago. Find out more about the voyaging routes written by Kasih Norman at the University of Wollongong (originally published on The Conversation).

Events

  • Melbourne, 14 April – The Indonesian Film Festival commences with a FREE Under the Stars screening of ‘Galih dan Ratna’.
  • Darwin, 18-20 April – Check out the Mini Indonesian Film Festival held at Deckchair Cinema.
  • Sydney 3 – 26 April – Visit Fountain Court at Parliament House to check out Jesslyn Putri Imelda’s painting exhibition this month! With the theme of The World, Through Colours, Jesslyn’s work showcasing Indonesia can be seen from 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Melbourne, 26 April – 2 May – The annual Indonesian Film Festival returns, with some of the biggest films of the past year. Get your tickets now to Pengabdi Setan, Marina the Murderer in Four Acts, Banda and more!

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA National! We are on the hunt for a Web and IT Officer. Apply before 20 April!
  • Join AIYA QLD! The Chapter is looking for new team members to join the committee. Check out the open job descriptions and find out how you can apply here. Yuk!
  • Join AIYA Jakarta! AIYA Jakarta is looking to fill the roles of Events Officer, Membership and Partnerships Officer, Treasurer and Secretary, Communications Officer, and General Committee Member at its upcoming AGM in April. If you would like to be part of the AIYA Jakarta team, please send a one-page expression of interest and your CV to jakarta@aiya.org.au.
  • Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is looking for a Strategic Advisor, South East Asia to be based in Jakarta. Applications close at midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, 16 April 2018.
  • CAUSINDY (Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth) is looking for passionate young Australian and Indonesian professionals to join the team for the upcoming conference as Chief Comms Officer, Tech Officer, Digital Content Office, and Programs Officer. Check out the job descriptions and how you can apply here.
  • Applications for ACICIS’ International Relations Program (IRP), Indonesian Business, Law & Society Program (IBLS) and Agriculture Semester Program (ASP) close this Sunday, 15 April! This is a great opportunity to live, study and intern in Indonesia. $5,000-$7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • The Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure (KIAT) program is looking for a Program Officer – Private Sector Engagement. Applications close on 24 April 2018. For more information, please click here.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Learn more about what AIYA membership can offer and sign up as a member today.

AIYA Links: 6 April

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It should be natural that Indonesia and Australia have a strong cooperation as close neighbours. Geographic proximity, however, does not always guarantee this. The Jakarta Globe reports that the bilateral relationship has been the best under President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In the news

  • Indonesia is predicted to become the world’s 4th most powerful economy by 2050. Can Australian business tap into the Asian digital economy? The Australia-Indonesia Centre shares the recap from their recent Digital Economy Panel.
  • The ambition to achieve what Indonesians call kedaulatan pangan (food self-sufficiency) plays an outsized role in the country’s political imagination. As Jokowi turns his mind to the policy challenges, it is time to reform the country’s food policy.
  • Forest degradation is one of many Indonesia’s environmental challenges. How has the Joko Widodo government responded with environmental politics? Dr Jemma Purdey explores these issues with Professor Suraya Affif, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Indonesia in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.
  • The First Australians were among the world’s earliest great ocean explorers. A recent study shows that island-hopping route through Indonesia is the most likely.
  • 700,000 children in Indonesia need palliative care, but only less than 1 percent receive it. Read the story of Ana Oktrariana, an Australian-trained who helps to ease the pain of Jakarta’s terminally ill children.
  • Rabbit Town, a new theme park based in Bandung is under criticisms over accusations that it rips off famous international works of art and was made as a selfie tourism destination.
  • Netizens from Indonesia and Malaysia expressed outrage at the judges of Masterchef UK, saying that the Malaysian contestant was eliminated over what the judges thought that rendang was supposed to be crispy.

On the blog

Events

We have also got a series of exciting Language Exchange programs planned next week! Check out AIYA SA’s Kartini edition (April 11) and AIYA VIC x PPIA VIC’s Berbahasa (April 10) and AIYA VIC’s upcoming session (April 11).

 

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA National! We are on the hunt for a Web and IT Officer. Apply before 20 April!
  • Join AIYA QLD! The Chapter is looking for new team members to join the committee. Check out the open job descriptions and find out how you can apply here. Yuk!
  • Join AIYA Jakarta! AIYA Jakarta is looking to fill the roles of Events Officer, Membership and Partnerships Officer, Treasurer and Secretary, Communications Officer, and General Committee Member at its upcoming AGM in April. If you would like to be part of the AIYA Jakarta team, please send a one-page expression of interest and your CV to jakarta@aiya.org.au.
  • Applications for the AIC’s ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival are now open! This year’s theme is ‘Youth’. Ayo, bikin film, yuk!
  • Don’t miss out Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria’s Term 2 Bahasa Indonesia Language Classes! Take advantage of their early bird offer of 10% discount by signing up online before tomorrow, 7 April.
  • Applications for ACICIS’ International Relations Program (IRP), Indonesian Business, Law & Society Program (IBLS) and Agriculture Semester Program (ASP) close 15 April! This is a great opportunity to live, study and intern in Indonesia. $5,000-$7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Learn more about what AIYA membership can offer and sign up as a member today.

AIYA Links: 30 March

AIYA wishes you Happy Easter! In the spirit of this special occasion, read Diyanti Koroh’s experience in celebrating Easter in Kupang from our archives (article is in Indonesian).

In the news

  • Jokowi embracing the idea of Australia joining ASEAN is a significant marker for Australia since Suharto’s ASEAN era. What does Australia need to do to this rapidly changing region? Graeme Dobell of ASPI writes that building trust and being ready to go all in will be a natural and proper part of Australia’s Asian future.
  • Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Ahok to review his conviction for insulting Islam, a court spokesman said on Monday, so the ex-governor of Jakarta will serve out his two-year sentence.
  • Tensions between Freeport and the Indonesian government seem to remain in negotiation. Nurkholis Hidayat and Valerie Tan write that the rights of Freeport’s thousands of local workers have been ignored.
  • Indonesian fathers who are civil servants are now eligible for up to one month of parental leave, but some families are choosing not to take it up or think it’s too much time.
  • Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) workers call each other “bro” and “sis”, and their leader sets the sartorial standard with a pair of ripped jeans. This ‘millennials party’ dares to break Indonesia’s political mould.
  • The punk movement is notable for its anti-establishment stance and distinct music and fashion style. In Indonesia, some of punk bands have transformed into a group of pious people. They’ve built a new generation of punk subculture they call Islamic punk.
  • Indonesian ride-hailing and online payment company Go-Jek is set to announce its first expansion to another country in Southeast Asia, shortly after Uber Technologies Inc agreed to sell its Southeast Asian business to regional rival Grab.

On the blog

  • Chenaniah ‘Ken’ Darma has a dream career to utilise his skills and passion for events, marketing and media to empower the next generation of future leaders. His contribution to Australian and Indonesian youth led him to be a Culture category finalist at the Australia Indonesia Awards. What is he up to next? Read in this week’s Career Champion series!

Events

  • Yogya, 3 April (every Tuesday) – Come to the weekly futsal event with AIYA Yogyakarta for a fun atmosphere and meet new people! No futsal skills are required – all you need is to come to Pro 2 Futsal at Komplek RRI from 5-7 pm.
  • Yogya, 5 April (every Thursday) – If futsal is not your thing, head to Depok Sports Center in Jalan Raya Seturan-Kledokan from 6-8 pm to AIYA Yogyakarta’s weekly badminton event. Everyone is welcome and bring rackets and shuttlecocks if you have them for a fun-filled and active evening.
  • Melbourne, 5 April – AIYA VIC hosts Basa-Basi with Batik Girl, featuring Lusia Kiroyan (Founder of Batik Girl) and Hj. Noor Lizah Nurdin (The Lady of Governor of Riau Islands Province) at Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Sydney, 12 April – Attend Digital Rights and Governance in Asia: The State of the Arts hosted by Sydney Ideas. The event will explore the issues, challenges and opportunities for the nations and the region.
  • Sydney 3 – 26 April – Visit Fountain Court at Parliament House to check out Jesslyn Putri Imelda’s painting exhibition this month! With the theme of The World, Through Colours, Jesslyn’s work showcasing Indonesia can be seen from 9 am – 5 pm.

Opportunities

  • Applications for ACICIS’ International Relations Program (IRP), Indonesian Business, Law & Society Program (IBLS) and Agriculture Semester Program (ASP) close 15 April! This is a great opportunity to live, study and intern in Indonesia. $5,000-$7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Don’t miss out Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria’s Term 2 Bahasa Indonesia Language Classes! Take advantage of their early bird offer of 10% discount by signing up online before 7 April.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Learn more about what AIYA membership can offer and sign up as a member today.

AIYA Links: 23 March

(The Australian)

Indonesia will allow foreign universities to start operating in the country in a sign it is becoming concerned about building its economic capacity. Indonesia’s Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister announced that foreign universities would be able to operate in partnership with local private universities.

In the news

  • Australia and Indonesia have signed a new maritime plan of action, with a focus on combating drug trafficking, people smuggling and counter-terrorism.
  • President Joko Widodo thinks Australia becoming a full member of ASEAN is “a good idea”, with a bigger regional role in defense, trade and security matters. Meanwhile, here is what DFAT thinks of it.
  • Are Indonesia and Australia strangers next door? Although Prime Minister Turnbull has built a strong rapport with President Jokowi, it may not be enough to overcome the tensions and manage the bilateral relationship.
  • The Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) has been tracking the so-called Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) since January 2017. SAFEnet Regional Coordinator Damar Juniarto presents a detailed examination of the shadowy cyber army network, which stands accused of spreading hoax news and hate speech online.
  • Indonesia and Australia failed to meet a deadline on the trade deal late last year. According to the head of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board, Indonesia’s independence day on August 17 is seen to be a good cut off date.
  • From missed media moments, bridge building, to democratic dividends, check out The Interpreter’s ASEAN Summit wrap here.

On the blog

  • We interviewed Robert Chong, a food exports and trade expert, who is the winner of the Food category at the Australia Indonesia Awards 2018. Check out what he thinks of the future of food industry and how the passion of food has led him to success.

Events

We have updated our website chapter pages with Language Exchange sessions! Check out where you can find the latest information on language exchange programs hosted by AIYA near you.

  • Sydney, 26 March – Join AIYA NSW for a panel discussion to wrap-up the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. The panel will reflect the outcomes of the Summit and assess the future relationship between ASEAN and Australia. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
  • Jakarta, 27 March – An Australia Awards Information session will be available for those based in Jakarta. Keep up-to-date with the details by following the AIYA Jakarta Facebook page.
  • Sydney, 27 March – Join Edward Herbst, Director of the Bali 1928 Repatriation Project, for a lecture and film screening on gender, crossing-dressing and androgyny in 1930’s archival films in Balinese dance-drama.
  • Perth, 27 March – AIYA WA will be hosting a Basa-Basi event with Jewel Topsfield, former Indonesia Correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. This event will be of interest to anyone interested in pursuing careers in Australia-Indonesia related matters, especially journalism. For more details please follow the AIYA WA Facebook page.

Opportunities

  • Are you based in Bandung this semester? The Jawa Barat Chapter is looking for new committee members! Australians and Indonesians are all welcome to register their interest here, by 26 March.
  • TODAY: The Australian Embassy in Jakarta recognises and honours Australian alumni who have gained unique distinction and made outstanding contributions to their profession, community and country in the Alumni Awards. Online nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards are now open until 23 March.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Don’t miss out Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria’s Term 2 Bahasa Indonesia Language Classes! Take advantage of their early bird offer of 10% discount by signing up online before 7 April.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Learn more about what AIYA membership can offer and sign up as a member today.

AIYA Links: 16 March

(AFP/Noel Celis)

This weekend, ASEAN leaders will be in Sydney to attend the first ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. This year, the conference will include a leaders’ summit and retreat, a business summit, and a counter-terrorism conference. The Conversation highlights what’s to come in few days.

In the news

  • There has been a rising trend of social media facilitating the radicalisation and recruitment of a new generation of terrorists. Terrorism scholar Solahudin writes the role of social media in terrorism ‘zaman now’.
  • The drafting process of Indonesia’s Criminal Code, the KUHP, has gained criticisms due to its regressive articles. What will the implications be for Indonesian democracy if the current draft passes? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Anugerah Rizki Akbari in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.
  • In countering youth radicalisation in Indonesia, Cameron Sumpter writes that exposure to difference can be the first step towards breaking down intolerance through the Maarif Institute’s annual youth camp.
  • Discussions on maritime boundaries between Indonesia and Australia might be reopened despite a recent deal was finally struck to resolve a similar dispute between East Timor and Australia.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre recently organised a forum on Digital Economy, that  brought together lead thinkers in trade, business and digital technology. Read the forum’s recap that showcases trends on why Australian businesses need to wake up to a digital world.
  • Our Operations Officer (Indonesia), Sophie Hewitt, shares a reflection on how her experience in Indonesia has been and her goals as a New Colombo Plan scholar on the Year in Asia program.
  • Rights group Ciliwung Merdeka urged the Jakarta administration to come good with its promise to build kampung susun or “stacked kampung,” for residents who now live on the banks of the Ciliwung River. Long associated with poor neighborhoods, kampung susun is a new concept that urban artists love.

On the blog

  • A few years ago, Melbourne’s Tasia and Gracia Seger won My Kitchen Rules. Now, they answer some quick-fire questions for us after being nominated for the Australia Indonesia Association Awards 2018.

Events

  • Canberra, TODAY – Keen to learn Indonesian in a fun and interactive way? Whether you’re a beginner or have advanced language skills, this event is for you. Join AIYA ACT and PPIA ANU for Language Exchange.
  • Brisbane, 20 March – Join AIYA QLD for their first event of the year! If you are a new international student or new to Indonesian studies, come to the Games Night where you can meet with the Australia Indonesia community.
  • Yogyakarta, 20 March – Are you an Indonesian student who has always wanted to live and study in Australia? Come along to AIYA Yogya’s information evening about the Australia Awards Scholarship! Interested? Register here.
  • Melbourne, 21 March – Want to practise your Indonesian or English? Language Exchange is on at AIYA VIC, held every Wednesday at 6pm in RMIT Academic Building 80 (445 Swanston St). All language levels are welcome!  
  • Adelaide, 22 March – Join AIYA SA for their official opening event of the year, ‘Nibbles & Nongkrong’ at the Cumberland Hotel. This will be a get-to-know-you event for all those interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and newcomers to Adelaide are encouraged to attend! For more details please follow the AIYA SA Facebook page.
  • Sydney, 27 March – Join Edward Herbst, Director of the Bali 1928 Repatriation Project, for a lecture and film screening on gender, crossing-dressing and androgyny in 1930’s archival films in Balinese dance-drama.
  • Perth, 27 March – AIYA WA will be hosting a Basa-Basi event with Jewel Topsfield, former Indonesia Correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. This event will be of interest for anyone interested in pursuing careers in Australia-Indonesia related matters, especially journalism. For more details please follow the AIYA WA Facebook page.

Opportunities

  • Are you based in Bandung this semester? The Jawa Barat Chapter is looking for new committee members! Australians and Indonesians are all welcome to register their interest here, by 26 March.
  • Applications for the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) Grant Round 2018/19 is now open! AII grants contribute to a more broadly based and enduring relationship between Australia and Indonesia and foster positive images of Australia and Indonesia in each other’s country. For information on the 2018 round, visit the Australia-Indonesia Institute Grant Guidelines 2018 page.
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • The Australian Embassy in Jakarta recognises and honours Australian alumni who have gained unique distinction and made outstanding contributions to their profession, community and country in the Alumni Awards. Online nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards are now open until 23 March.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Don’t miss out Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria’s Term 2 Bahasa Indonesia Language Classes! Take advantage of their early bird offer of 10% discount by signing up online before 7 April.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 9 March

(VICE/Firman Dicho)

People from different walks of life gathered in Jakarta to march for equality, from violence against women, responses to proposed revision of Criminal Code, to homophobia. Read VICE Indonesia’s interviews from the Women’s March event on various reasons to fight against injustice.

In the news

  • The free trade negotiations between Indonesia and Australia resumed last week, and has reached near completion. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had hoped to sign the agreement as President Joko Widodo arrives in Sydney next week for a special Australia and ASEAN Leaders Summit.
  • U.S. News released their 2018 Best Countries ranking and Indonesia and Australia made to top 20 best countries for investing.
  • Inside Indonesia celebrates its 35th year and compiles select articles in their Special Edition.
  • Diver Rich Horner uploaded a video seen swimming through masses of floating plastic at a dive spot off Bali, saying that he has “never seen anything like this scale” of ocean pollution before.
  • UnionSPACE launched a partnership with Australian fintech-focussed coworking space operator Stone & Chalk in Jakarta, which allows fintech startups in Australia and Indonesia to use coworking spaces and share the latest knowledge.
  • The Biennale of Sydney has announced artists who will present work at venues across Sydney. Support the work of Indonesia-based artist Julian Abraham ‘Togar’ showcased in Cockatoo Island.
  • Last week, Humans of New York visited Jakarta to capture deeply moving stories from the Big Durian. Check out Coconut Jakarta’s favourite posts from the visit.

On the blog

  • This week, we interviewed Margaret Katomi, an ethnomusicologist, researcher, and Professor of Music at Monash University. Read her story establishing Music Archive of Monash University and her experience in Australia-Indonesia relationship in our Career Champion series.

Events

  • Sydney, 9 March – Join a talk with Into the Light Indonesia, a youth-based community for suicide prevention and mental health promotion to discuss the work of young people in eradicating suicide stigma in Indonesia.
  • Sydney, 10 March – Feeling inspired by Margaret Katomi’s work after reading this week’s post? Book your ticket today and come along to the Australia Indonesia Awards’ night of nights to celebrate her and other finalists who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
  • Perth, 10 March – Meet AIYA WA at the International Student Festival tomorrow at the Bell Tower! Explore the stalls and celebrate the wonderful city of Perth.
  • Sydney, 11 March – Come and hang out with the AIYA NSW family at their first event, Sate Sizzle! A great opportunity to socialise and meet new people over delicious Indonesian sate and drinks.
  • Sydney, 12 March – On the eve of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, come to a public lecture by former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Dr Marty Natalegawa will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the members of ASEAN in an era of rapid geopolitical change. RSVP is essential.
  • Adelaide, 14 March – AIYA SA is back with Language Exchange program this semester. Find out what the theme of the program will be and meet new friends to help improve your language skills.
  • Brisbane, 20 March – Join AIYA QLD for their first event of the year! If you are a new international student or new to Indonesian studies, come to the Games Night where you can meet with the Australia Indonesia community.

Opportunities

  • Applications for the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) Grant Round 2018/19 is now open! AII grants contribute to a more broadly based and enduring relationship between Australia and Indonesia and foster positive images of Australia and Indonesia in each other’s country. For information on the 2018 round, visit the Australia-Indonesia Institute Grant Guidelines 2018 page.
  • TODAY: Are you a food blogger? Do you enjoy working in large international scale events? Ubud Food Festival 2018 is looking for volunteers this April! Registrations will close 9 March.
  • Monash University is seeking an International Alumni Manager, based out of the Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO) in Jakarta. Click the link below for more information and apply before 11 March.
  • Amnesty International Indonesia is looking for a Jakarta-based Deputy Director. Apply before 15 March!
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
  • Applications for ACICIS’ Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) and Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP) are now open! This is a great opportunity to study at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. $5,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 2 March

Ms Elena Williams and ACICIS team. Selamat Sukses, Mbak Ele!

In the news

  • If you’re a young Australian engaged with Indonesia, there’s a very strong chance that you have had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Ms Ele Williams. Ele has played a critical role in the continued success of the ACICIS programs, and she has recently finished up as Resident Director. AIYA is incredibly grateful for everything Ele has achieved during her 4.5 year stint at ACICIS and for the support and semangat that she has provided to our Indonesian chapters and beyond. On behalf of young Australians and Indonesians everywhere, Selamat Sukses, Mbak Ele!
  • Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced Gary Quinlan will be Australia’s next ambassador to Indonesia. Selamat, Pak Gary!
  • What does education look like at the fringes of Indonesia, in areas lacking much of the basic infrastructure of urban and Javan areas, and where communities have different ideas about individual success and wellbeing? Check out Ben Laksana’s post from Hitadipa district, deep within the mountains of Papua.
  • Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Digital Economy Fellow Helen Brown sat down to discuss digital diplomacy with Director of Sesparlu Odo Manuhutu and how Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is ready to embrace advanced technology.
  • Despite serious security threats over violent Islamist extremism affecting Indonesia, some former militants have turned their back. Listen to Talking Indonesia’s podcast as Dr Dirk Tomsa talks to Associate Professor Julie Chernov Hwang on what causes terrorists to quit and how governments and peace activists can learn from patterns of disengagement.
  • Dr Robertus Robet looks at the controversial changes to the MD3 Law, which he says will result in a House of Representatives (DPR) that is resistant to criticism and immune from prosecution.

On the blog

  • Meet New Colombo Plan Scholar and nasi padang enthusiast James Ritchie in this week’s Member Spotlight! Hailing from Tasmania, check out his story on how James grew to love Indonesia from his gap year teaching English at a school.
  • #ICYMI – have another read of Liam Gammon’s book review of ‘Risky Business’ by Ari Sharp.

Have you read or viewed an interesting Indonesian or Australian book or movie lately? Get your review published on the AIYA Blog! Email us at blog@aiya.org.au if you’re keen to contribute. Resensi pakai Bahasa Indonesia juga boleh!

Events

Opportunities

  • Applications for the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) Grant Round 2018/19 is now open! AII grants contribute to a more broadly based and enduring relationship between Australia and Indonesia and foster positive images of Australia and Indonesia in each other’s country. For information on the 2018 round, visit the Australia-Indonesia Institute Grant Guidelines 2018 page.
  • TODAY: The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) is looking for a Deputy Resident Director for ACICIS’ Indonesia programs. Check out the position description and how to apply here and apply before 2 March.
  • Are you a food blogger? Do you enjoy working in large international scale events? Ubud Food Festival 2018 is looking for volunteers this April! Registrations will close 9 March.
  • Monash University is seeking an International Alumni Manager, based out of the Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO) in Jakarta. Click the link below for more information and apply before 11 March.
  • Amnesty International Indonesia is looking for a Jakarta-based Deputy Director. Apply before 15 March 2018!
  • Applications for ACICIS’ Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) and Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP) are now open! This is a great opportunity to study at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. $5,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 23 February

In the news

  • Should Australia be a member of ASEAN? As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to host leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Sydney on March 17-18, a report released on Tuesday from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute makes the case for membership.
  • On Monday, Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than five kilometres into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes.
  • On 8 February, the Constitutional Court issued a decision that paves the way for the national legislature (DPR) to compel the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to attend questioning, using its so-called hak angket powers. Professor Simon Butt presents a legal analysis of the decision.
  • Orangutans, which inhabit both the Indonesian and Malaysian sides of Borneo, as well as the Indonesian region of Sumatra, are an endangered species, with some populations critically endangered. A recent New York Times coverage shows that Borneo has lost more than 100,000 orangutans in 16 years.
  • Indonesia law recognises both international human rights norms and ‘religious values’. The latter are increasingly taking precedence. Read Daniel Peterson’s response to the recently published The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index report.

On the blog

  • AIYA NT President and Bachelor of Law student Max Stretton has just completed a stint at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, studying Indonesian and volunteering for AIYA Yogyakarta. Read on to learn more!

Events

  • Sydney, 9 March – Join a talk with Into the Light Indonesia, a youth-based community for suicide prevention and mental health promotion to discuss the work of young people in eradicating suicide stigma in Indonesia.
  • Sydney, 10 March – The annual Australia Indonesia Awards are back! Book your ticket today and come along to the AIA’s night of nights to celebrate those who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Opportunities

  • The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) is looking for a Deputy Resident Director for ACICIS’ Indonesia programs. Check out the position description and how to apply here and apply before 2 March.
  • Are you a food blogger? Do you enjoy working in large international scale events? Ubud Food Festival 2018 is looking for volunteers this April! Registrations will close 9 March.
  • Monash University is seeking an International Alumni Manager, based out of the Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO) in Jakarta. Click the link below for more information and apply before 11 March.
  • Amnesty International Indonesia is looking for a Jakarta-based Deputy Director. Apply before 15 March 2018!
  • Applications for ACICIS’ Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) and Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP) are now open! This is a great opportunity to study at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. $5,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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