The Australia Indonesia Association of NSW (AIA) is offering 2 scholarships to NSW high school students for an intensive 2-week Indonesian language course. The course includes daily tuition and real life tasks to practice what has been taught. It is held in Yogyakarta, Central Java, and is delivered by Indonesian teacher, Tata Survi, through AIA Victoria’s IndoAustay program. Course materials are aligned with the Australian and International Baccalaureate curriculum.
The AIA CommBank Scholarship includes:
Return flight Sydney – Yogyakarta (domestic transfers if necessary)
Accommodation at a homestay with an Indonesian family
2 week language course
Orientation course and networking opportunities
Exclusions: Passport, visa and travel insurance.
NSW Student in Yr 10 or 11 who is studying beginners, continuers or extension Bahasa Indonesia
Ability in Bahasa Indonesia. Note: All levels are encouraged to apply
Intention to continue with Indonesian language studies
Engaged with the wider school and community on a range of activities
Evidence of intention to continue Indonesian language for your HSC and possibly beyond
Interested in being a cultural ambassador
Open to sharing experiences via a blog or diary or blog and promoting the study of Bahasa Indonesia
Increase confidence in using Bahasa Indonesia
Encourage language learning excellence in your final years at high school.
Have an experience of a lifetime
Unique opportunity to share daily life with an Indonesian family
Be inspired and encouraged to further your study of Bahasa Indonesia
Explore Yogyakarta’s rich cultural history
Acquire a deeper understanding of the world’s 4th most populous nation and Australia’s neighbour
How do students apply?
Apply online here by August 3. If you would prefer an application in word format please contact us at email@example.com.
Shortlisted candidates to complete a Skype interview with AIA NSW.
These scholarships are made possible with the generous support of the Commonwealth Bank.
August 3, 2016 Applications close End August, 2016 Winners announced Nov – Dec, 2016 Orientation and liaison with host family Jan 2-13, 2017 2 week immersion program (you will need to arrive in Yogyakarta before January 2, 2017).
For more information, please visit the website here.
The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) is the peak representative body for international students in Australia, and held its annual National Conference across two days earlier this month in Darwin. It was led by the Northern Territory Government through StudyNT, in partnership with Charles Darwin University. As well as international student representatives from across the country, the Conference welcomes education, government and business representatives to collaborate with students to improve international education and the student experience in Australia.
Indonesian students shone at the 2016 CISA Conference, with Enggar Daraindra from Jakarta named Australian Undergraduate International Student of the Year, while Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Australia (PPIA) received the gong for Student Association Event of the Year. We caught up with Enggar and PPIA’s Head of Communications and Media Alicia Azzahra Demitri Deswandy, also from Jakarta, to hear more about their respective wins.
Enggar, what are you studying at Charles Darwin University?
I did a Bachelor of Accounting (graduating in 2014), then took further study majoring in secondary education and music (I am currently in my final year). I am the type of person who really loves mathematics, hence why I chose to study accounting after graduating from high school. The main reason I decided to do further study in secondary education and music is because I really believe in the importance of music and in the rights of every individual to be exposed to musical education.
What groups or organisations are you involved in?
Other than being a Charles Darwin University Student Ambassador, I am also a StudyNT Student Ambassador. I am also involved in Multicultural Youth NT (MyNT), I am an NT Youth Representative at National Ethnic Multicultural Broadcasting Council (NEMBC), and recently I was elected as the first and only CISA executive from the NT.
Why did you choose to study in Australia?
I always wanted to study in an English-speaking country, and Australia is one of the closest English-speaking countries to my home country. After living for more than six years in Australia, I definitely think that more Indonesian students should study here. Australia is a very unique and beautiful country. It is very multicultural, and everyone seems very supportive towards one another. Studying in Australia will also open doors to many different opportunities.
Where do you plan to work after you’ve graduated?
I really want to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. Where I will teach, I don’t know yet. I’m currently taking it one step at a time, and will see where the opportunities will take me.
What does winning the CISA Undergraduate Student of the Year Award mean to you?
It is some sort of a promise to myself; that I will do better, I will work harder, and do the best I possibly can, for the community where I live, and for Indonesia. It also means I will be the voice of many international students here in Australia.
Alicia, what are you studying at Monash?
I did a Bachelor of Arts, specialising in Politics and International Studies. I have just finished my course and am due to graduate this October.
What is your role at PPIA? Can you please tell us a bit about it?
I was the Head of Communications and Media for the 2015/16 period (we just had our national congress this month in Canberra). My work involves disseminating information concerning PPIA and other information concerning Indonesian students to the wider public, liaising with media partners for publications, and more. PPIA itself was established in Canberra 1981. The organisation adheres to the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) principle and aims to improve and strengthen bonds among Indonesian students in Australia, and, along with the Indonesian community, seeks to maintain Indonesia’s image in the international arena while also constantly trying to contribute ideas and vision to each nation.
For what event did PPIA win Student Association Event of the Year?
We won the award for our annual KIPI (Konferensi Internasional Pelajar Indonesia) program, which involved teamwork from the national level, branches and sub-branches of PPIA. The conference was held in Adelaide over two days, and was used as a platform for students to voice their ideas and thoughts on how Indonesia can adapt itself in the digital era. The theme was ‘Digital Society towards the New Millennium: Maximising Opportunities’, and covered politics, business, culture and parenting, education, creative economy, and journalism and communication. I personally feel that this program attempted to strengthen the bonds of the different levels of PPIA through teamwork, and that the program itself was beneficial to Indonesia.
Why do you think more Indonesian students should study in Australia?
I believe direct people-to-people relations are so much more effective than governmental relations (no offense, DFAT and Kementerian Luar Negeri!). Politics often disrupts Indonesia’s bilateral relations with Australia, whereas such ‘issues’ seldom disrupt the harmony of friendship between Australians and Indonesians. Living in Australia will help Indonesian students in understanding that there is so much more beyond Indonesia’s bilateral relations with Australia. Other than learning about Australian culture (which is a plus), Indonesians will soon learn that Australians are not all about Bintang singlets and xenophobia; Australians (or the ones that I have met) are a really warm bunch and amicable people!
For more info about CISA click here, and for PPIA click here.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.” – Nelson Mandela
Sport is a powerful platform for connecting people and cultures, building friendships and developing a range of important life skills. AIYA Victoria and their sports teams the Krakatoas, as well as a new project, Netball Indonesia, are doing exactly this.
While AIYA Victoria has run many popular sporting events such as rock climbing, archery, football and soccer spectating, and grand final day barbecues, the Krakatoas Australian Rules Football Club was the first initiative to give AIYA members a regular and organised opportunity to engage directly in Australian sport. Born from the minds of passionate sports men and women, the Krakatoas Football Club has seen dozens of Indonesians and Australians share in the experience of being part of a football team. For AIYA members seeking to build meaningful connections between young Australians and Indonesians, football has been the perfect medium. It has built strong friendships, improved the individual confidence and health of its members, and given Indonesians a chance to truly engage with Australian culture in a safe and supportive environment.
Building on the success of its football program, AIYA Vic has looked to netball as a natural ‘next step’ for the Krakatoas. Netball is one of Australia’s largest sports in terms of participants, with a largely female playing base and viewership. It provides an equally powerful alternative to AFL football, is highly inclusive for women and easily accessible in various social competitions throughout Australia. After only a few training sessions, the newly formed team began its competitive career in a social competition at Flagstaff Gardens. Despite a very steep learning curve, the team continues to demonstrate its enthusiasm, regularly showing up to games in the face of a cruel Victorian winter.
The recent decision to collaborate with Netball Indonesia is an exciting new opportunity, one which Krakatoas Netballers have grasped with two hands. AIYA Vic and the Krakatoas look forward to seeing the game grow in Indonesia, and to seeing first-hand the many positive impacts it has on its Indonesian and Australian players.
Netball Indonesia: empowering women through netball
Netball Indonesia is a newly developed project, supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), founded by Meisha Grant and Rebecca Lambert. The project aims to empower women by promoting women’s participation in sport and changing perceptions about women’s capabilities. Netball Indonesia will also deepen people-to-people links, strengthening the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia through netball.
Rebecca and Meisha met in 2015 when they were both selected to represent Australia as delegates for the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP), where they spent just over two months living and working in West Kalimantan. During their time there, one month was spent living in a rural Indonesian village (Desa Lumbang) doing community development work including projects related to health, education, water management, the environment and sports. Throughout this time, the benefits of sports (beyond physical and mental) became obvious – in building friendships, deepening people-to-people relationships, and its unique ability to connect people in ways that little else can. Rebecca and Meisha felt inspired to leverage from their experiences and were eager to continue engagement with a country that they both feel passionately about – Indonesia. Given both girls have a background in netball, and are aware of the benefits netball has for women’s empowerment, they decided to create their own project – Netball Indonesia.
The project will provide the opportunity for ten Australian netball representatives to expand their leadership, cross-cultural understanding and netball skills through volunteering in Lombok. The project will also empower young Indonesian women through teaching them netball, which provides a safe space for women to develop skills and knowledge including leadership, teamwork, self-confidence, solidarity and other important life skills. The benefits of netball are vast, some of which include encouraging an active lifestyle, promoting health and wellbeing as well as civic and community engagement.
Rebecca and Meisha are excited to embark on this journey, to connect people and cultures through sport and to inspire, and be inspired, by other women.
This is a review of the Indonesian film Negeri van Oranje (The Land of Orange), which was screened during the 2016 Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) at ACMI Melbourne.
The film is based on a novel of the same title, authored by Wahyuningrat, Adept Widiarsa, Nisa Riyadi, and Rizki Pandu Permana. The story follows the journey of five best friends pursuing their Master’s degrees in various cities in the Netherlands. Lintang (Tatjana Saphira) studies in Leiden, Geri (Chicco Jerikho) in Den Haag, Banjar (Arifin Putra) in Rotterdam, Wicak (Abimana Aryasatya) in Wageningen, and Daus (Ge Pamungkas) in Utrecht. Overall, the movie revolves around the friendship they foster through their time in the Netherlands, Lintang’s quest to find the love of her life, and of course, the experiences they all have as international students in the beautiful land of orange.
The movie begins with Lintang’s wedding day, when she reminisces about her days as a Master’s student in the Netherlands and also her meeting new Indonesian friends at a station in the Netherlands, who all study in different cities. From there, Lintang pays a visit to each of her newfound friends’ cities, and these scenes introduce in more depth Lintang’s male friends, both their backgrounds and personalities. Their friendship gets even stronger as the movie progresses, and Lintang gets to know more and more about Geri, Banjar, Wicak, and Daus. Eventually, Lintang realises that it is only a matter of time until she had to choose which one of her friends is the one for her.
The movie showcases life as a student in the Netherlands (and other countries in general), which includes surfing through books in the library, hopping from one city to another using the train, preparing dinner together, working part-time, and even experiencing international friendship and love. At some parts of the film, however, I felt that the characters live a kind of ‘upgraded’ student life. For example, there is a scene which shows that some characters actually have their own car and live in a luxurious house or an apartment overlooking the ocean, which, to the best of my knowledge, is rarely the case for most students.
A small thing (but a big consideration for those interested in continuing their education in the Netherlands) that this movie is missing is the struggle that the students go through in pursuing a Master’s degree – heaps of assignments, (almost) sleepless nights preparing for final exams or presentations, or frustrating group work. This is probably not an essential part of the story, but would be a good reminder since studying abroad is not all fun and games.
The movie also shows the Netherlands during one of its best seasons, when the tulips are blooming and one of the country’s biggest celebrations, the King’s Day, takes place. The beauty of cities in the Netherlands – with the many canals, cobbled streets, architecture and street performers – is so well portrayed that sometimes the movie feels like a tourism promotional video for the Netherlands (and also Prague, which is shown in the first and last parts of the movie). Nevertheless, the movie manages to showcase some of the best things there are to see in the Netherlands.
Although, in terms of the storyline, the movie does not really bring something exceptionally new, there are still a few plot twists that make it more interesting. The whole movie is also filled with humour and jokes, which were delivered by the cast pretty well, making the movie enjoyable to watch. All in all, I believe this light, feel-good movie will leave the audience wanting to have an international student experience in the Netherlands (or perhaps other countries), or at least travel to Europe to experience its culture and beauty.
ModCon (short for Modern Conference) is a competition in which students and emerging artists from Australia and Indonesia submit their original digital artworks. The ten shortlisted artworks will be featured on the Australian Embassy’s Instagram account (@KedubesAustralia) for public voting. Winners will win a trip to Indonesia or Australia to meet professional digital artists, participate in workshops and have their artwork exhibited in galleries.
ModCon is a collaborative project between Jakarta 32ºC (a forum and biannual student arts festival initiated by arts collective ruangrupa in 2004) and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. AIYA caught up with Jakarta 32ºC Coordinator Andang Kelana to find out more about this innovative new comp.
Tell us about ruangrupa and Jakarta 32ºC.
ruangrupa was initiated by six artists in Jakarta in 2000. It focuses on contemporary art discourse, staging exhibitions, workshops, seminars, festivals, collaborative programs, and many others including an art merchandise store and online radio. Komplotan Jakarta 32ºC (komplotan meaning ‘gang’ or ‘group’ in Indonesian) is one of its divisions. It acts as a platform for networking and empowerment of college students (young artists 19-35 year old) through visual art, and consists of two mains programs: the Forum (discussions, workshops, talks, network building, etc) and the biannual Festival, which was started in 2004.
How did the relationship between the Australian Embassy and Jakarta 32ºC begin?
The relationship began with the ModCon idea from the Australian Embassy a few months ago to collaborate with ruangrupa. As ruangrupa has Jakarta 32ºC which focuses on networking and building platforms, especially arts platforms for university students and young artists, this focus correlates with the idea of ModCon itself. Also it’s the same time as the Jakarta 32ºC biennale this year. So for this instalment of the Jakarta 32ºC Festival we have a Supporting Program from the Australian Embassy (ModCon). Two years ago we had a program from Willem de Kooning University students in the Netherlands.
Has ruangrupa/Jakarta 32ºC collaborated with Australian artists/Australian arts organizations before?
ruangrupa artists were involved in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennale at the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (Qagoma) in 2012. Our artwork for this project was acquired by Qagoma. In 2013, ArtLab (one division of ruangrupa) had a collaborative project with Australian artist Keg de Souza and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney called Vertical Villages. In the same year, ruangrupa was invited to the Asia-Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art in Brisbane as group artists. In 2014 we were invited to the Darwin Festival to make a project called Temporary Territory, a public art installation in bus shelters across the streets in Darwin. This year at Sonsbeek ’16 in Arnhem, the Netherlands, ruangrupa curated the quadriennale events there and invited Fintan Magee (Sydney) and Richard Bell (Brisbane) to exhibit their works.
We also often work with some musicians/bands from Australia. For example, Empat Lima from Melbourne [read a Q&A AIYA did with band member Sooji Kim here]. We made a project together comprising a workshop, a ladies night market and live performance. It was part of WANITA (Women’s Art Network Indonesia-Australia), which was supported by DFAT. But for Jakarta 32ºC, this is the first time we have a project with the Australian Embassy here in Jakarta.
What do you think ModCon can bring to the relationship between our countries? Why do you think ModCon is important to strengthen the relationship?
I think both countries have a common misconception of the other. We already have media full of information, but we have a lack of understanding and many biases. But mostly, it’s also because of the lack of activism (in my opinion activism in art and culture especially). Many of us know about the education exchanges, but it’s a formal method and when it’s finished it’s just done, there’s no more which we can talk about later. It’s just different if we work on art and culture, in collaborative ways and continuing programs. Not just one-at-a-time project. I am happy for this ModCon project. I believe it is one way to build a strong relationship between two countries through art and culture, and most importantly the young artists, the soon-to-be artists, and university students who have the will to make a change for the better. Students who are still fresh, still ‘naughty’. This is also why Jakarta 32ºC started in 2004.
What is your greatest hope for ModCon, and the potential connections that could be made between Indonesian and Australian artists?
I hope it will continue and that it will grow, not just as an event-based program but also in terms of activism in both regions, especially for university students and young artists who have capabilities beyond our imagination.
Entries for ModCon are open now until 30 August. Voting on the Australian Embassy’s Instagram account (@kedubesaustralia) is open from 15 September-15 October. Shortlisted artworks will be exhibited from 8-22 October at Jakarta 32°C Festival at Gudang Sarinah, Pancoran, South Jakarta. For all the info head here.
Australia akan mengadakan Pemilihan Umum pada tanggal 2 Juli 2016. Pemilu kali ini berbeda dengan lazimnya pemilu yang diselenggarakan tiga tahun sekali. Pemilu bulan Juli yang akan datang terjadi karena adanya satu faktor pemicu yang menyebabkan perlu dilakukannya pemilu secara konstitusional. Pemilu kali ini disebabkan karena ketidaksepahaman di dua lembaga perwakilan di Australia, House of Representative dan Senat, yang dikenal dengan Double Dissolution.
Sistem pemerintahan Australia terdiri dari dua kamar, House of Representatives (Parlemen) yang merupakan perwakilan partai dalam pemilu, terdiri dari mayoritas dua partai politik besar di Australia, Partai Buruh dan Partai Liberal. Partai pemenang pemilu memiliki jumlah kursi paling besar di parlemen dan berada dalam posisi Government in Office. Government in Office diisi oleh para menteri yang duduk di pemerintahan dan dipimpin oleh Pemimpin Partai yang sekaligus menjadi Perdana Menteri. Sebaliknya pihak oposisi dipimpin oleh Ketua Partai yang bertindak sebagai Leader of the Opposition, bersama dengan para menteri bayangan (shadow ministers).
Dalam tata kelola sistem pemerintahan Australia tugas parlemen adalah mensahkan undang-undang, tentu saja undang-undang yang dibuat dan kemudian diberlakukan berkaitan dengan kepentingan rakyat Australia. Termasuk di dalamnya budget atau Rencana Anggaran Belanja Negara, yang disampaikan oleh pemerintah yang berkuasa di parlemen untuk disetujui bersama. Namun demikian dalam sejarah politik pemerintahan Australia, tidak semua undang-undang yang diajukan pemerintah lewat parlemen (House of Representatives) selalu disetujui oleh Senat. Jika dua kamar dalam parlemen tidak menetujui satu rancangan undang-undang maka terjadilah double dissolution, dua kamar dalam parlemen dibekukan, sehingga pemerintah (Perdana Menteri) kemudian menyerahkan pemerintahan kepada Gubernur Jendral untuk diadakan satu pemilihan umum atas dasar double dissolution.
Dengan kata lain, undang-undang atau budget yang tidak disetujui House of Representatives dan Senat ini kemudian diserahkan kepada rakyat Australia untuk menentukan pilihannya dalam Pemilu. Pemilu double dissolution ini sudah terjadi enam kali sejak 1914, 1951, 1974, 1975, 1983, 1987 dan yang ketujuh akan dilaksanakan pada tanggal 2 Juli yang akan datang. Pemilu Double Dissolution yang paling terkenal dalam sejarah politik pemerintahan Australia adalah yang terjadi tahun 1975, Perdana Menteri Whitlam (Partai Buruh) dipecat oleh Gubernur Jendral, Sir John Kerr, dan menunjuk pemerintahan sementara (caretaker) Malcolm Fraser sebagai Perdana Menteri (Partali Liberal). Peristiwa ini dikenal sebagai the Dismissal.
Pemilihan Umum dijadwalkan pada tanggal 2 Juli 2016, dan merupakan pemilu double dissolution, seperti yang dinyatakan oleh Perdana Menteri Malcolm Turnbull. Penyebab lahirnya double dissolution kali ini adalah ditolaknya reformasi Australian Building and Contruction Commission (ABCC) oleh senat sebanyak dua kali. Perkembangan ini akan diserahkan oleh Turnbull kepada Gubernur Jendral, Sir Peter Cosgrove, untuk membekukan dua badan di parlemen dan segera menyelenggarakan Pemilihan Umum.
Komisi ini (Australian Building and Contruction Commission) semacam badan pengawas industri konstruksi yang dibentuk pada masa Pemerintahan Koalisi Liberal National, John Howard pada tahun 2005. Tugasnya mengawasi segala hal yang berkaitan dengan hukum di tempat bekerja seperti pembatasan atau aksi industrial yang tidak berdasar hukum dan ancaman industrial lainya. Pada 2012 Komisi ini kemudian berubah namanya menjadi Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC), yang lebih pro serikat buruh, pada masa Pemerintah Buruh menang Pemilu. Kekuatannya dari segi pengawasan berkurang sejak berubah namanya menjadi Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC).
Pangkal permasalahannya adalah karena penolakan serikat pekerja atas apa yang dikatakan sebagai “kekuatan memaksa” (coercive power), yang memberikan hak kepada komisioner untuk melarang seseorang menghadiri wawancara (interviews) dan penghapusan hak untuk tidak bicara (the right to silence), pelanggaran atas aturan ini dengan ancaman penjara. Selain juga ada keberatan atas beberapa aturan ABCC dengan sanksi penalti yang besar yang hanya diberlakukan pada serikat pekerja atau buruh konstruksi. Serikat Buruh takut ABCC akan semakin memberatkan serikat buruh untuk memperjuangkan kesehatan dan keselamatan kerja, dengan merujuk pada jumlah kematian yang tinggi di bidang konstruksi dalam 10 tahun di bawah pemerintahan John Howard.
Jika disimpulkan, serikat buruh lebih mendukung FWBC yang lebih ramah terhadap mereka (union friendly) dibandingkan dengan ABCC yang dianggap “represif” dan “mengabaikan” hak buruh atau serikat pekerja.
Pemerintah Koalisi Liberal ingin mengembalikan ABCC kembali menggantikan FWBC bentukan Pemerintahan Buruh sebelumnya. Alasan utamanya untuk melanjutkan memperkuat aturan yang akan menghindari pelanggaran sipil dan tindak kriminal dengan semakin kuatnya serikat buruh Konstruksi, Kehutanan, dan Pertambangan, yang dikenal reputasinya yang keras dalam aksi-aksi industrial. Pemerintah juga mengemukakan alasan lain yakni demi meningkatkan produktivitas untuk mengembalikan ABCC, dengan mengacu pada kenyataan bahwa sepanjang tahun 2005 sampai 2012, aksi industrial dalam bidang konstruksi turun drastis menjadi separuh.
Bagaimanakah kelanjutan pro kontra dihidupkannya kembali ABCC menggantikan FWBC akan kita saksikan bersama kelak dengan hasil pemilihan umum yang akan datang. Koalisi Partai Liberal National atau Partai Buruh yang akan menang amat menentukan kelangsungan komisi tersebut. Demikianlah mekanisme demokrasi yang berjalan sejak Federasi 1901 di Australia yang tujuan utamanya adalah kepentingan masyarakat Australia sebagai pemilih dan yang diwakili dalam parlemen dan pemerintahan.
Bapak Kresno Brahmantyo adalah Dosen Senior Sejarah dan Politik Australia, Departemen Sejarah, Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya, Universitas Indonesia.