AIYEP applications 2017/18 are open!

AFS Intercultural Programs and the Australia Indonesia Institute are proud to announce that applications are now open for the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2017/2018.

This core program within the Australia Indonesia Institute is now in its 36th year of providing young people with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Indonesia and a commitment to strengthening the links between our countries. (Indonesian language skills are desirable but not mandatory.)

We are now seeking Australian applicants (aged 21-25), as well as host families and host organisations for 3 week internships in Sydney and the Upper Central Coast/Greater Newcastle area.

Would you like to travel to Indonesia and build your networks, grow your intercultural skills, or bring another culture in to your family or your workplace? Head to for more information. Alternatively you can visit AII’s AIYEP page.

Thanks in advance for your support and interest in this important part of Australian-Indonesian bilateral relations.

AIYA Links: 8 September

In the News

  • Semarang are starting double-decker bus tours this September.
  • CAUSINDY have announced the delegates for 2017. Check them out here.
  • “Indonesia in the new world: globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty.” Check out the Indonesia Update in the New Mandala.
On the blog
  • The challenges of the Australia-Indonesia relationship are plenty. We feature a wrap-up of AIYA Victoria’s recent Basa-Basi event.
  • A comedy musical drama entitled Oh! Batavia was presented by the Indonesian Students Association (PPIA) in Victoria. Read the wrap-up on the blog!
  • Perth, 9 September: PPIA WA’s hosts Serenata feat. RAN and Kunto Aji!
  • Sydney, 13 September: CAUSINDY alumni and delegates are invited to the pre-departure night. Email Gabriel for more info and to RSVP:
  • Sydney, 14 September: AIYA NSW AGM. See below for details.
  • Brisbane, 28 September: AIYA QLD hosts an Indonesia Opportunities Networking Event. Save the date for this one!
  • Join AIYA NSW! The AGM is coming up on 14 September. Please contact for details about how to get involved.
  • AIYEP 2017  – Applications are now open for the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2017/2018. This core program within the Australia Indonesia Institute is now in its 36th year!
  • Beginners Indonesian course in Sydney! The Workers Education Association Sydney
  • (WEA) will be offering Bahasa Indonesia Beginners Courses, best for students with no previous knowledge of the language and who wish to learnt the language for business travel or everyday use. Courses commence 9 October.
  • Join AIYA NSW’s executive committee! Less than 1 week to go – to register your interest please email nsw.president

AIYA Links: 1 September 2017

  • NAILA Submissions close at midnight tonight! Don’t miss your chance to demonstrate your luar biasa skills in Bahasa Indonesia and claim the title as a NAILA awardee for 2017! Apply here. Check out the 2015 and 2016 awardees for some inspiration!
In the News
  • #ICYMI – An ANU play of ‘Sri Ngilang‘ in Bahasa Jawa from back in 2014 has gone viral…again! Be sure to check this one out.
  • Fairfax’s Jewel Topsfield writes about Indonesia’s “deep concern” in Australian investigation of steel rods exported from Indonesia.
  • Listen to Dave McRae and Wayne Palmer Talk Indonesia: Migrant Workers including the current Administration’s long term objectives.
  • Tana Toraja has drawn tourists for their unique burial rituals and perspective on death, but could the new tourism drawing card be coffee?
  • Turnbull continues to seek a high quality free trade agreement with Indonesia but there could be some road blocks.
On the blog
  • Join AIYA NSW! The AGM is coming up on 14 September. Please contact for details about how to get involved.
  • AIYEP 2017  – Applications are now open for the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2017/2018. This core program within the Australia Indonesia Institute is now in its 36th year! 

AIYA NSW’s The Great Garooda Debate

AIYA NSW hosted the inaugural Great Garooda Debate on 23 June. It was a night of lively and entertaining debate with just a hint of healthy competition – a winning combination. Team Kangaroo comprised first speaker Tim “the Squatting Scholar” Lay, second speaker Teddy “the Sleepy Koala” Triatmojo, and third speaker Sally “the Kamperdown Komodo” Andrews. On Team Garuda, the first speaker was Nick “the Camden Cockatoo” Ryan, Brittany “the Batik Bogan” Betteridge, and final speaker Jarrah “the Balinese Boomerang” Sastrawan.

We were very fortunate to have Barrister Campbell Bridge SC as adjudicator, who’s been heavily involved in mediating major disputes in both Australia and Indonesia and so was in a great position to adjudicate the Great Garooda debate. The night kicked off with a delicious dinner supplied by AIYA NSW, enjoyed before the audience entered the auditorium to listen to the three debates. Each topic offered a fantastic balance of intellectual insight and hilarious banter.

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Team Kangaroo’s first speaker Sally “the Kamperdown Komodo” Andrews takes the floor. Photo: AIYA

The evening started with the more serious topic ‘Australia is a better example of Unity in Diversity than Indonesia’ with Team Kangaroo the affirmative. The Squatting Scholar kicked off the debate outlining a very persuasive example of Australian diversity: you can grab a halal snack pack and some dumplings all on the same street! Whilst this argument certainly had us all nodding our heads, it was most probably Teddy’s argument that got the affirmative team over the line. The Sleepy Koala convincingly suggested that because the Australian government provides the means and spaces for multicultural activities, Australia is a better example of unity in diversity.

Barrister Campbell Bridge SC. Photo: Virania Munaf
Barrister Campbell Bridge SC. Photo: Virania Munaf

With the score 1-0 on the side of Team Kangaroo, it was crucial for Team Garuda to be victorious in the second round to ensure they stayed in the game. The second topic was ‘Malcolm Turnbull has a better chance of re-election than Jokowi’. No stone was left unturned as every aspect of both leaders was heavily analysed, from Malcolm’s silver fox good looks to Jokowi’s relationship with Megawati. Team Garuda was arguing the affirmative for this round and it was Jarrah’s intelligent argument about Jokowi’s relationship with PDIP that got them over the line as the audience, and more importantly the adjudicator, were left convinced that Joko Widodo will probably not be re-elected in 2019.

Both teams with adjudicator Barrister Campbell Bridge SC. Photo: Virania Munaf

With one win a-piece it was the final round that would decide which team would come out of this arm wrestle as the victors. The final topic was chosen by the audience on the night leaving the debaters with minimal preparation time and maximum potential for comical and compelling debate. The topic was ‘Indonesia has better popular culture than Australia’ with Team Garuda arguing the affirmative. Special mention must go to Sally Andrews who, with hilarious wit and timely execution, managed to have the entire audience in stitches with some risqué remarks about Australian popular culture. Whilst Nick Ryan’s disturbingly accurate imitation of the average Aussie had the audience laughing out loud, it was Brittany “Batik Bogan” Betteridge who won adjudicator Campbell Bridge over, persuading us that dangdut really is the best form of entertainment. Congratulations to Team Garuda who won this year’s Great Garooda Debate but as the the adjudicator said, it was very close and ‘there was nothing in it’.