AIYA Links: 21 September 2018

Photo: ABC News

The Indonesian election could be decided by the economy, not religion. Indonesia’s sliding rupiah could threaten President Joko Widodo’s re-election chances, with his political rival shifting the debate to the economy in an attempt to expose a key weakness, analysts say.

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In the news

On the blog

  • Volunteer at this year’s Asian Games held in Jakarta & AIYA Jakarta Committee member, Aulia Rifqy, shares his experience with us, read it here (article in Indonesian).

Events

  • Sydney, TONIGHT – Organised by Macquarie Uni’s PPIA, Soundquriang 5 “The Fifth Act” showcases critically-acclaimed Indonesian artists to promote the diverse culture of Indonesia. 100% of the profits earned will be donated to Rumah Faye, which helps to eradicate child trafficking in Indonesia. Find out more here!
  • Adelaide, 27 September – Learn how to cook some delicious Australian and Indonesian food with AIYA SA! Register your attendance so you don’t miss out!
  • Bandung, 22 September – Join the JaBar and Jakarta AIYA teams to watch the West Coast Eagles take on the Melbourne Demons in the AFL and enjoy a BBQ together! Meet at the Bamboo Shack from 11:30am. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
  • Brisbane, 27 September – An exclusive for AIYA members, AIYA QLD have organised a private tour through Brisbane City Hall, guided by the speaker of the house, Councillor Angela Owen! Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of local Brisbane government. RSVP on the FB event.
  • Canberra, 26 September – Join AIYA ACT for their weekly Language Exchange from 5:30pm onwards in Llewellyn Hall!
  • Canberra, 30 September – AIYA ACT and the Indonesian Students Association ANU are running an cooking night. Come along and indulge in some Indonesian chicken satay and Australian Pavlova dessert while honing your language skills. Follow the FB page!
  • Gold Coast, 11-13 November – Save the date for the AIBC Conference 2018: Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change! Registrations are now open for your chance to mingle with the who’s who of the bilateral business community.
  • Hobart, 28 September – AIYA-Tas will be holding a language exchange at Shambles Brewery, 6:30pm. Come along, meet new people & practise your language skills.
  • Melbourne, 22 September – PPIA Monash proudly presents #SOUNDSEKERTA2018, one of the biggest Indonesian Music Festivals held at the Melbourne Town Hall. This year’s theme is “Serenade for The Nation”. Tickets are $35, get yours now! Doors open 5:30pm.
  • Melbourne & Yogyakarta, 26 September – The third ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2018 is set to premiere on September 26! Click here to reserve your tickets! For a taste of what’s to come, check out the festival trailer.
  • Melbourne, 26 September – Instead of our usual Wednesday Language Exchange (LX) on September 26, AIYA VIC will be heading to ReelOzInd! at ACMI! Tickets are free but you must register. They will also be meeting for dinner at 5:30pm at Pondok Rempah before the event. Follow the FB event now!
  • Melbourne, 29 September – It’s almost time for AFL Grand Final Day and AIYA Victoria are gathering to watch the game at Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne. Come along for some footy, teh kotak and a chance to kick the footy at half time. It’s free! Follow the FB event. Ayo, mari nobar!
  • Melbourne, 2 OctoberBerbahasa is back this semester so please join AIYA Victoria and PPIA Monash at Monash Uni Clayton (S107 Menzies) to practise your Indonesian & English skills!
  • Melbourne, October 10 – AIYA Victoria is hosting a welcome evening and trivia night for the 2018-2018 Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) participants. Join them for a casual evening to get to know the participants and welcome them all to Victoria. Food provided.
  • Sydney, 24 September – Join SSEAC for a book review of Truth Without Fear & The Sky Leader with its author Sastri Bakry alongside scholar, David Reeve, 12-1pm at the University of Sydney. More information here.
  • Sydney, 25 September – Dust off those language skills with AIYA NSW! Weekly Language Exchange in the USyd Quad at 1pm! Follow the group for more details if you’re interested.
  • Sydney, 27 September – Join SSEAC for the launch of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies (Cambridge University Press), by Hans Pols from 5:30pm. The launch will be followed by a Balinese dance performance and refreshments. Register online here.
  • Sydney, 27 September – Attend the AIYA NSW AGM 2018! The 2017-2018 Committee will sum up the year’s progress before elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee take place. Watch this space for further details.
  • Sydney, 28 September – AIYA NSW and PPIA UNSW are proud to bring back Malam Karier: Starting a Career in Australia! Soon to graduate from University & interested in pursuing a career in Australia? Are you an international student as well? Come along and listen to a distinguished panel share their own experiences, challenges, and successes in the Australian job market. See their Facebook event! 
  • Sydney, 1 October – Join ‘Table for Generations’ Pop Up Charity Lunch 2018 for a 5 course charity lunch and art installations from aspiring local and Indonesian artists. The money raised will go to Lanjut Sekolah, a local nonprofit aiming to provide access to education for children from remote areas of Indonesia. Head to the FB event page! 
  • Sydney, October 11 – Join Indonesian Literature Club in Customs House Library at 11:30am for a fun and stimulating atmosphere to share and discuss a variety of topics through literary works, both in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Space is limited, register your interest to indolitclub@gmail.com.
  • Ubud, 24-28 October – Tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now with speakers including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Get yours here now!
  • Yogyakarta, 25 September – Got nothing to do on a Tuesday afternoon? Come and play futsal with AIYA Yogya in their weekly futsal competition! No previous experience required, anyone can join, follow their FB and IG for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 26 September – Are you a keen badminton player? Or have you always wanted to learn how to play? Come and join the Yogya team in their weekly badminton competition! No previous experience required, anyone can join, follow their FB and IG for more details.
  • Yogyakarta, 28 September – Attend the AIYA Yogya AGM 2018! The 2017-2018 Committee will sum up the year’s progress before elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee take place.
  • Yogyakarta, 29 September – AIYA Yogya is doing some good in the community so come along and join them by volunteering at their community development day in collaboration with Rumah Impian! Follow their FB and IG for more details.

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA NTT in Kupang! If you’re a young, passionate person based in Kupang and are interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, join the Kupang team at their AGM TONIGHT!. See their Instagram for more details!
  • Join AIYA NSW! If you’re keen to play a role in the 2018-2019 AIYA NSW, nominate yourself for one of the following positions and attend their AGM on 27 September.  Apply here & follow the Facebook event for updates.
  • Join AIYA Yogyakarta! If you’re interested in joining the team, come along to their AGM on 28 September. Nominate for positions via yogyakarta@aiya.org.au, and check out the Facebook event for more details!
  • Our partner at UniAir Cargo is now offering AIYA members in Australia a discount for over 50kg shipments to Indonesia. Contact your local chapter on how you can take advantage of this opportunity!
  • The Australia Indonesia Business Council is hosting the AIBC National Conference (11th -13th November) in Queensland this year and they’re looking for volunteers. Sign up here to get involved!
  • The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Melbourne are looking for people to apply for a range of internship opportunities. Head to their website for information on how to apply!
  • ACICIS Yogyakarta is hiring! We are looking for a Marketing & Student Recruitment Officer (MSRO). This position is open to Indonesian nationals only. Applications close Sunday, 30 September 2018. For more information about the position, see here.
  • Indonesian applications for the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP) 2019 are now open! Young Muslim leaders from across Indonesia are invited to apply by 15 October 2018 through the Paramadina University website.
  • Are you a Sydney Uni student commencing Honours on a topic relating to Southeast Asia? SSEAC has five Honours Scholarships available worth $5000 each to help support your research. Applications close 21 September. Find out more here.
  • The Misool Foundation (‘Yayasan Misool Baseftin’) are seeking Indonesian nationals who are passionate about protecting Indonesia’s marine ecosystem for their Internship Programme! Swipe their IG post for details. Applications due 25 September.
  • Want to host a pop-up ReelOzInd! Festival screening at your school/university/office or park? Choose any date within the Festival period (26 September-31 December 2018) to hold your event. Any gathering large or small is fabulous! To register, contact: reelozind@australiaindonesiacentre.org
  • The Asia Education Foundation in partnership with Footscray City College are hosting an Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum on 24 October and are inviting schools to register one or more team(s) of 6 students (across years 9-11). Registration is free for government school students thanks to Vic Gov’t funding. Learn more here!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Want to join or support your local chapter to contribute to our exciting activities? Sign up as an AIYA member today!

Ulasan Singkat Kemeriahan Asian Games 2018

One of AIYA Jakarta committee members, Aulia Rifqy, shared his experience during a volunteer team at the Asian Games event last August. Next, Aulia shared his experience briefly with AIYA along with portraits of the excitement of the Asian Games in Jakarta.

Kaka the 2018 Asian Games mascot welcomed the visitors at the entrance to GBK

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AIYA Links: 14 September

Photo: ANU Indonesia Project

A Buddhist mother of Chinese descent was recently sentenced to 18 months’ jail for complaining about the volume of the call to prayer from a nearby mosque under Indonesia’s blasphemy laws. ANU Professor, Greg Fealy reviews Indonesia’s treatment of its minorities ahead of ANU’s annual Indonesia Update entitled ‘Contentious belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia’, taking place today and tomorrow. Follow the Facebook page for updates & to livestream the talks!

Read more here

In the news

Keen for more news updates on all things Australia-Indonesia? Subscribe to the Australia-Indonesia Centres’ Media Updates for a twice-weekly digest!

On the blog

  • Check out our interview with Jess, dessert queen and 2018 MasterChef finalist! Jess, who credits much of her passion for food to her Indonesian upbringing, shares about her MasterChef journey and the power of connecting people through food.
  • Read the highlights from AIYA Jawa Barat’s Welcome Night for Semester 2! Get involved with AIYA JaBar’s upcoming activities & their exciting discussions with ACICIS.

Events

  • Bandung, TOMORROW– Join the team in Bandung as they help keep Jawa Barat beautiful with World Cleanup Day! Check out their Facebook page for more details!
  • Bandung, 18 September – Join the team at LX! Come along to Cafe Oz at 6:30-8:30pm.
  • Bandung, 18 September- Register to attend the University of Melbourne’s September Information Day in Bandung.
  • Bandung, 22 September – Join the JaBar and Jakarta AIYA teams to watch the AFL Final and enjoy a BBQ together! Meet at the Bamboo Shack from 3pm. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
  • Gold Coast, 11-13 November – Save the date for the AIBC Conference 2018: Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change! Registrations are now open for your chance to mingle with the who’s who of the bilateral business community.
  • Jakarta, 15 September – Thinking about studying at the University of Melbourne? Register to attend UniMelb’s September Information Day in Jakarta.
  • Jakarta, 18 September – Cepat Kaya 7.0 is back! Join the team to hang out from 7pm at Coffee Toffee. Check out their Instagram for more details and the RSVP contact!
  • Melbourne, TONIGHT – Come along to the world premiere of 7 Bidadari (7 Angels) at this year’s Melbourne Fringe. Shot in Ararat, Victoria, 7 Bidadari is an Indonesian horror-thriller feature film premiering in Melbourne ahead of its Indonesian release later this year. Get tickets here!
  • Melbourne & Sydney – 17 & 18th September – Unable to make it to ANU Indonesia Update in Canberra this weekend? Come along to the mini-update at Sydney’s Lowy Institute on 17 Sept or the University of Melbourne on 18 Sept.
  • Melbourne, 19 September – AIYA Victoria LX! RMIT Building 80, 6pm.
  • Melbourne, 22 September – PPIA Monash proudly presents #SOUNDSEKERTA2018, one of the biggest Indonesian Music Festivals held at the Melbourne Town Hall. This year’s theme is “Serenade for The Nation”. Tickets are $35, get yours now! Doors open 5:30 pm.
  • Melbourne & Yogyakarta, 26 September – The third ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2018 is set to premiere on September 26! Click here to reserve your tickets! For a taste of what’s to come, check out the festival trailer.
  • Sydney, 20 September – Come along to hear the inspirational story of Agung Nugroho, one of Indonesia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs. In Sydney as part of the the City of Sydney’s Visiting Entrepreneur Program, come and check out this great event hosted by TechSydney and PwC with support from community partners Haymarket HQ and CAUSINDY.
  • Sydney, 21 September – Organised by Macquarie University’s PPIA, Soundquriang 5 “The Fifth Act” showcases critically-acclaimed Indonesian artists to promote the diverse culture of Indonesia. 100% of the profits earned will be donated to Rumah Faye, which helps to eradicate child trafficking in Indonesia. Find out more here!
  • Sydney, 27 September – Join SSEAC for the launch of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies (Cambridge University Press), by Hans Pols from 5:30pm. The launch will be followed by a Balinese dance performance and refreshments. Register online here.
  • Sydney, 27 September – Attend the AIYA NSW AGM 2018! The 2017-2018 Committee will sum up the year’s progress before elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee take place. Watch this space for further details.
  • Sydney, 28 September – AIYA NSW and PPIA UNSW are proud to bring back Malam Karier: Starting a Career in Australia! Soon to graduate from University? Interested in pursuing a career in Australia? Are you an international student as well? Come along and listen to a distinguished panel share their own experiences, challenges, and successes in the Australian job market. See their Facebook event!
  • Sydney, 1 October – Join ‘Table for Generations’ Pop Up Charity Lunch 2018 for a 5 courses charity lunch and art installations from aspiring local and Indonesian artists. The money raised will go to Lanjut Sekolah, a local nonprofit aiming to cultivate future leaders by providing access to education for children from remote areas of Indonesia. Follow the FB event page for more details.
  • Ubud, 24-28 October – Tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now with speakers including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Get yours here now!
  • Yogyakarta, 18 September – Are you a keen futsal player, or interested in making new friends? Come along to AIYA Yogya’s futsal event, every Tuesday 5-7pm at Pro Futsal. No skills required, just rock up! Check out their Instagram for more details!

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA NTT Kupang! If you’re a young, passionate person based in Kupang and are interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, join the Kupang team at their AGM on 21 September. See their Instagram for more details!
  • Join AIYA NSW! If you’re keen to play a role in the 2018-2019 AIYA NSW, nominate yourself for one of the following positions and attend their AGM on 27 September.  Apply here & follow the facebook event for updates.
  • Join AIYA Yogaykarta! If you’re interested in joining the team in Central Java, come along to their AGM on 28 September. Nominate for positions via yogyakarta@aiya.org.au, and check out the Facebook event for more details!
  • Our partner at UniAir Cargo is now offering AIYA members in Australia a discount for over 50kg shipments to Indonesia. Contact your local chapter on how you can take advantage of this opportunity!
  • ACICIS Yogyakarta is hiring! We are looking for a Marketing & Student Recruitment Officer (MSRO). This position is open to Indonesian nationals only. Applications close Sunday, 30 September 2018. For more information about the position, see here.
  • Are you a Sydney Uni student commencing Honours on a topic relating to Southeast Asia? SSEAC has five Honours Scholarships available worth $5000 each to help support your research. Applications close 21 September. Find out more here.
  • Want to host a pop-up ReelOzInd! Festival screening at your school/university/office or park? Choose any date within the Festival period (26 September-31 December 2018) to hold your event. Any gathering large or small is fabulous! To register, contact: reelozind@australiaindonesiacentre.org
  • The Asia Education Foundation in partnership with Footscray City College are hosting an Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum on 24 October and are inviting schools to register one or more team(s) of 6 students (across years 9-11). Registration is free for government school students thanks to Vic Gov’t funding. Learn more here!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Want to join or support your local chapter to contribute to our exciting activities? Sign up as an AIYA member today!

AIYA Jawa Barat Hosts a Welcome Night for Semester 2

The faces of AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter

On Tuesday the 4th of September, the AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter hosted their opening event for the second semester of the year: a ‘Welcome Night’. The event was held at Bamboo Shack in Dago, Bandung, and was organised by our new AIYA Jawa Barat leadership team, which is made up of Indonesian university students and young professionals from Bandung, plus current ACICIS students studying in UNPAR, including the new President, Shaun Lindfield.

On Tuesday the 4th of September, the AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter hosted their opening event for the second semester of the year: a ‘Welcome Night’. The event was held at Bamboo Shack in Dago, Bandung, and was organised by our new AIYA Jawa Barat leadership team, which is made up of Indonesian university students and young professionals from Bandung, plus current ACICIS students studying in UNPAR, including the new President, Shaun Lindfield.

The Member of AIYA JaBar Gathered up for excited discussions

A great number of both Indonesians and Australians attended the night. The atmosphere and the crowded room were full of excitement with the new and friendly faces in the AIYA JaBar family.

At the event, Shaun shared with all of the new members about what AIYA is, how to become a member and some of the events being held in the upcoming semester. Some of these interesting events being planned include language exchanges, many sports events (including Futsal which opened last Monday), movie screenings, and farewell party at the end of this semester to say goodbye to the current ACICIS students.

As well as the President announcing these exciting plans, representatives of Bamboo Shack and a representative of the World Clean-Up Day talked about their interesting programs for youth, both foreign and local, in Bandung. The World Clean-Up Day, in particular, is something that AIYA JaBar members will be taking part in this coming Saturday (check out our Facebook Page for more details)!

Bamboo Shack was filled with both Australian and Indonesians along with their excitement

The welcome night made a positive impression on all who attended. For old friends who have returned, or the new members who signed up on the night, we look forward to an exciting semester to come!

Q&A with MasterChef Finalist Jess Liemantara!

Dessert queen and lover of all things sweet, Jess Liemantara was the youngest contestant on this years MasterChef Australia. This week, Jess shares about her MasterChef Journey and the power of connecting people through food!


Photo: Jess Liemantara

Tell us a little about your background. How did you come to apply for MasterChef?

I was born in Perth Subiaco along with my older brother Jeremy, then we moved down to Melbourne. Both my parents are from Surabaya hence why I speak mostly Bahasa Jawa. My parents opened a restaurant in Perth called, “Taste of Java”, and later reopened another restaurant in Melbourne called, “Foodtopia Fusion Café Restaurant”, in Bayswater which was a fusion of Thai, Malay and Indonesian cuisine. My brother and I both helped my parents in the restaurant, I managed floor operations, till management and barista ring and my brother worked as the chef along with my dad. My mum took on the role as the Boss and inspired my bother and I to purse being entrepreneurs ourselves.

We opened the restaurant for 4 years and decided we all needed to move on to venture new opportunities and skills. I started working at Nobu as a food and beverage attendant in July 2017 and was amazed by the authentic Japanese cuisine and the way the chefs work in the kitchen. Being on the other side as a waitress is much different the level of intensity, and is not as stressful as being the kitchen. The chefs work extremely hard to make sure food is consistent and of high quality.

The opportunity to audition for MasterChef 2018 came along and friends and family pushed me to audition for the show. I didn’t feel fit enough for the opportunity just after not going further in my recent audition for the Great Australian Bake Off. After many nagging and support from family and friends I decided to give it ago. I handed in my application and after a month received an email requesting to schedule in an audition. From then on I was short listed to the top 50 contestants to cook for the three judges. To this day I still cannot believe the amazing journey that got me to that very special day.

What’s life like post-MasterChef?

Gosh I would have to say I had a couple of tough months where I felt out of place and didn’t know where to begin just after being away for so long. Having quit my previous job as a waitress, I wanted to pursue my passion as a chef. I searched for work experience and was lucky enough to do be able to undertake professional experience at the Press club and Omnom. The amount of technique, skill and precision in these two businesses are phenomenal, it was such an amazing experience.

I’m currently working at Omnom sometimes it still surprises me that I am now on the other side of the business having people say “yes Chef”, makes me feel like I’ve achieved that one step closer to a new beginning. I’ve always dreamed of being in the kitchen baking and doing what I love most. But it’s not always funs and daisies, there will be tough days in the kitchen but I am willing to learn and get back up when things don’t go to plan.

Working casually along with taking custom cake orders I’ve realised how much time and energy cooking takes out of you. There are days when I just want to sit and relax but all you can think about is what I have to do next, what needs to be prepared and what if it doesn’t work or I don’t have enough time. There are no regrets, I still love what I do and will continue to pursue my dream of one day supplying my cakes to businesses. Taking it slow and as George said, “don’t climb the mountain to high to come down crumbling”. I am hoping to finish off my cookbook by December 2018.

Photo: Caramel Porcini Mousse Balls with Fried Enoki by Jess Liemantara

Can you tell us a bit about your time on MasterChef? What was your favourite thing about the experience?

My MasterChef journey was one of the hardest things I’ve done. The audition process to get to top 50 was so much fun, scary, but so fun. Cooking for the judges for the first time was even more stressful. After not receiving an apron on the first day I was devastated and didn’t have a lot of faith that I would get in on my second chance cook. The opportunity to cook for the second time was such a blessing I got to show the judges I really do want to fight to the very end. Finally, receiving the apron on the second day was such a life changing experience, until I was in an elimination that week.

It tore me to pieces to think being the youngest in this year’s MasterChef that I was in the very first elimination. I have to fight a little harder to catch up to such amazing cooks. Day after day I’ve learnt so much about cooking and about life. The other MasterChef contestants are amazing and made the journey so fun and memorable.

My favourite thing about my MasterChef experience would be having the opportunity to be in 12 eliminations, 5 pressure tests and 7 normal eliminations. I was able to cook over 50 times, really helping me create my menu and find my style of cooking.

The friendships made with the caring and like-minded souls that love food as much as I do is so surreal. We non-stop talk about food. I can never forget the amazing mentoring from the 3 judges, Matt, Gary and George who continuously work hard to make me a better chef and a cleaner one too. I am so glad to have been in MasterChef 2018, the challenges and the professional chefs we met is just mind blowing I cannot thank the Lord enough for guiding me through this amazing journey.

Photo: Masterchef contestants Jess, Brendan and Reece

How does your/your parents Indonesian background influence or inspire your cooking?

My parents Indonesian background helped so much in times of desperate cooking situations. From marinating with simple ingredients, peanut base sauces and our love for chilli. My dad and Grandma love making Roti isih and I am so glad I was able to make Deep fried sandwich to represent my Indonesian background. As Indonesians, we cook a lot of Thai food due to our past experiences of opening up a restaurant. Watching my dad cook inside the kitchen using just simple ingredients such as mint, lime, chilli, garlic, ginger and other aromats to make beautiful salads and dressing is what got me through my MasterChef journey. My Mum always said to marinate any protein in ginger, lemon and garlic and that’s what helped to get me through.

What are your future culinary hopes/aspirations?

I hope to have my own café one day with a production kitchen and degustation lounge. I’m also hoping to publish my cookbook by December and to hopefully get my brand out there in supplying cafes with the desserts I create. There is not one day where I don’t think about cooking or owning my own café, or even getting my desserts tasted by the public. As they say, the way to success is to dream big and continuously talk your dreams to make them happen.

Photo: Cake created by Jess

What do you love most about Indonesia?

I love how fast businesses grow in Indonesia and the creativity and art put into making a restaurant or attraction so beautiful. I always wonder how fast things pop up, from big new luxurious shopping centres to the never ending beautiful restaurants and cafes that are now booming in Indonesia. Oh and it’s also the best place to shop, I love Mangga 2, Galaxy Mall, Grand Indonesia and Ciputra World.

Any hopes for the Australia-Indonesia relationship/how people can become connected through food?

With such growth in the presence of Indonesian culture here in Melbourne, I’m sure we all meet in the same places whether it is for Ayam penyet, Soto ayam or Bakso, you are bound to see another Indonesian. I think there is such a diversity here in Australia and it’s so great to see so many cuisines and different cultures uniting people food that really brings us all together and grows friendships through sitting down and eating together in your favourite restaurant.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us Jess!

See what Jess has been up to on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Keep an eye out for more interviews in the coming weeks!

AIYA Links: 7 September

Clarice Campbell, AIYA National Director of Operations and Reza Wardy, former AIYA Victoria General Committee Member

At last week’s Indonesia Australia Business Forum, Indonesian VP Jusuf Kalla and Australian PM, the Hon Scott Morrison formally announced the conclusion of negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Reporting from the event, AIYA National Director of Operations Clarice Campbell explains why the IA-CEPA is a big win for the future of business ties!

Read more here

In the news

On the blog

  • The Central Bank of Indonesia recently launched Gerbang Pembayaran Nasional (GPN) or National Payment Gateway. What is it about and what are the benefits of this initiative? Our South Sulawesi Committee President Mentari Rahman explains more about GPN and breaks down the pros and cons (article in Indonesian).

Events

  • Kupang, 8 September – Come along to Kupang’s LX, ‘Chit Chat Night’! Held at C&A Food Court from 6pm, check out their Instagram for more details.
  • Sydney, 8 September – Come along for a casual nongkrong at Forest Lodge Hotel, and meet the AIYA National committee and Australian Chapter Presidents who are in town for a strategic planning weekend!
  • Sydney, 8 September – Enjoy a night of laughter at PPIA USYD’s biggest event, Nusantawa at Seymour Theatre! There will be Darto and Danang, Adjis Doa Ibu & Gilang Gombloh as well as Glenn Fredly to perform. Don’t miss out!
  • Bandung, 10 September – Ayo, ikut AIYA Jawa Barat’s social futsal from 6 – 7pm! No prior skills required, check out their Facebook page for more information.
  • Sydney, 11 September – Join the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) NSW and the Australia Indonesia Centre, together with host PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for a special breakfast briefing and panel discussion entitled ‘Indonesia Now: A Political and Education Sector Update’. Register here.
  • Melbourne, 12 September – AIYA Victoria LX! RMIT Building 80, 6pm.
  • Yogyakarta, every Tuesday – Are you a keen futsal player, or just interested in making new friends? Come along to AIYA Yogya’s futsal event, every Tuesday 5-7pm at Pro Futsal. Check out their Instagram for more details!
  • Melbourne, 14 September – Come along to the world premiere of 7 Bidadari (7 Angels) at this year’s Melbourne Fringe. Shot in Aradale Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, 7 Bidadari is an Indonesian horror-thriller feature film premiering in Melbourne ahead of its Indonesian release later this year. Get your tickets here!
  • Canberra, 14-15 September – The theme of this year’s annual Indonesia Update is ‘Contentious belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia’. Held at Australia National University (ANU), don’t miss out on what is to be a fascinating discussion on the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Get your tickets here!
  • Jakarta, 15 September – Thinking about studying at the University of Melbourne? Register to attend UniMelb’s September Information Day in Jakarta.
  • Bandung, 18 September- Register to attend the University of Melbourne’s September Information Day in Bandung.
  • Melbourne & Yogyakarta, 26 September – The third ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2018 is set to premiere on September 26! Click here to reserve your tickets! For a taste of what’s to come, check out the festival trailer.
  • Sydney, 27 September – Join SSEAC for the launch of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies (Cambridge University Press), by Hans Pols from 5:30pm. The launch will be followed by a Balinese dance performance and refreshments. Register online here.
  • Sydney, 27 September – Attend the AIYA NSW AGM 2018! The 2017-2018 Committee will sum up the year’s progress before elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee take place. Watch this space for further details.
  • Ubud, 24-28 October – Tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now with speakers including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Get yours here now!
  • Gold Coast, 11-13 November – Save the date for the AIBC Conference 2018: Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change! Registrations are now open for your chance to mingle with the who’s who of the bilateral business community.

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA NTT Kupang! If you’re a young, passionate person based in Kupang and are interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, join the Kupang team at their AGM on 21 September. See their Instagram for more details!
  • Join AIYA NSW! If you’re keen to play a role in the 2018-2019 AIYA NSW, nominate yourself for one of the following positions and attend their AGM on 27 September.  Apply here & follow the facebook event for updates.
  • Join AIYA Yogaykarta! If you’re interested in joining the team in Central Java, come along to their AGM on 28 September. Nominate for positions via yogyakarta@aiya.org.au, more details to come!
  • The Australian phase of Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) will be hosted in Melbourne and Bendigo in October and November this year which means the program is looking for host families and host organisations in both locations! If you would like to be a host family or a host organisation for one of the lovely 18 Indonesian participants please apply here.
  • Our partner at UniAir Cargo is now offering AIYA members in Australia a discount for over 50kg shipments to Indonesia. Contact your local chapter on how you can take advantage of this opportunity!
  • Are you a Sydney Uni student commencing Honours on a topic relating to Southeast Asia? SSEAC has five Honours Scholarships available worth $5000 each to help support your research. Applications close 21 September. Find out more here.
  • Want to host a pop-up ReelOzInd! Festival screening at your school/university/office or park? Choose any date within the Festival period (26 September-31 December 2018) to hold your event. Any gathering large or small is fabulous! To register, contact: reelozind@australiaindonesiacentre.org
  • The Asia Education Foundation in partnership with Footscray City College are hosting an Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum on 24 October & are inviting schools to register one or more team(s) of 6 students (across years 9-11). Registration is free for government school students thanks to Vic Gov’t funding. Find out more here!
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Want to join or support your local chapter to contribute to our exciting activities? Sign up as an AIYA member today!

IA-CEPA negotiations conclude – ‘Ayo kita maju bersama’

It has been quite a remarkable week for the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Both governments are showing signed of strengthening their collaborations and we finally saw a big win for the future of business ties.

The Indonesia Australia Business Forum held at the Raffles Hotel, Jakarta on Saturday 1 September 2018 featured some very special guests including Vice President of Indonesia, Dr. H. Jusuf Kalla and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scott Morrison MP. The forum formally announced that negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) had concluded. This announcement leaves the documents to undergo a legal process to ensure internal consistency, translation into Indonesian followed by an official signing and ratification by the end of the year.

Morrison made the trip to Jakarta just six days after being sworn in as Prime Minister which had been in the works for several months for former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. The Commonwealth Government made a decision not to cancel the trip citing that Morrison’s commitment to travel to Indonesia shows how important the bilateral relationship is and just how close both countries are.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla addressed the forum at Indonesia Australia Business Forum

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Gerbang Pembayaran Nasional (GPN)? Merugikan atau Menguntungkan Nasabah?

Selama berpuluh-puluh tahun, Indonesia menggunakan sistem transaksi pembayaran non-tunai milik asing seperti Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Unionpay, American Express, dan sebagainya. Namun, tahukah Anda bahwa pemerintah Indonesia telah menerapkan sistem transaksi pembayaran non-tunai yaitu Gerbang Pembayaran Nasional (GPN) yang sama dengan perusahaan-perusahan asing tersebut?

Namun, apakah GPN ini akan merugikan atau malah menguntungkan nasabah? Yuk mari kita simak dan pelajari lebih lengkap seputar GPN di bawah ini!

Apa sih Gerbang Pembayaran Nasional (GPN) itu?

Gerbang Pembayaran Nasional atau singkatnya disebut dengan GPN adalah sistem transaksi non-tunai yang dibuat seaman dan seefisien mungkin untuk menghubungkan berbagai jalur pembayaran secara nasional dan dapat digunakan seluruh masyarakat Indonesia. Bank Indonesia beserta berbagai bank di Indonesia menghadirkan kartu debit dengan logo nasional yaitu gambar burung garuda yang dilengkapi dengan teknologi chip (National Indonesian Chip Card Specification/NISCCS) untuk melindungi data konsumen dan transaksi keuangan nasabah di seluruh Indonesia tanpa melewati jaringan luar negeri lagi. Jadi, jika dulu membayar dengan kartu debit harus menggunakan mesin EDC (Electronic Data Capture) dari bank yang menerbitkan kartu debit tersebut, nah sekarang dengan GPN ini kartu debit dari bank manapun dapat digesekkan pada semua mesin EDC.

Apa aja sih yang melatarbelakangi diberlakukannya GPN?

Berdasarkan data dari Bank Indonesia, jumlah kartu debit yang beredar di Indonesia telah menembus 160 juta dan lebih dari 80% berlogo Visa atau Mastercard. Selain itu, ada sekitar 10 ribu transaksi baik melalui ATM maupun mesin EDC yang harus masuk ke sistem transaksi luar negeri apabila menggunakan Visa atau Mastercard dan itupun ada tarif yang harus dibayar.

Pemerintah Indonesia melalui Bank Indonesia tidak ingin selamanya pendapatan dari transaksi elektronik di Indonesia mengalir deras ke perusahaan Visa atau Mastercard yang berada di negeri Paman Sam sehingga pemerintah mencoba untuk mengalihkan keuntungan yang sebelumnya ke luar negeri menjadi potensi pendapatan untuk perusahaan nasional. Konon sistem lalu lintas pembayaran ini telah diprakarsai sejak 20 tahun lalu tetapi karena berbagai hal salah satunya teknologi sehingga GPN baru dapat terealisasi pada akhir tahun 2017 dan mulai berlaku sejak 1 Januari 2018.

Apa aja sih tujuan yang ingin dicapai dari terbentuknya GPN ini?

  • Membangun sistem pembayaran yang saling terhubung, interoperabilitas (saling dapat dioperasikan) dan mampu memproses transaksi di

    dalam negeri yang mencakup otorisasi, kliring dan settlement secara aman, optimal, dan efisien.

  • Menjamin perlindungan konsumen melalui teknologi chip yang akan mengamankan data nasabah setiap bertransaksi elektronik.
  • Merealisasikan kedaulatan sistem pembayaran elektronik di dalam negeri dan merealisasikan keuangan inklusif dan pengembangan sistem perdagangan nasional yang berbasis teknologi yang diatur dalam Perpres No.74 tahun 2017 tentang roadmap e-commerce.
  • Berperan sebagai sistem pendukung (backbone) strategis untuk program pemerintah baik Government to Person (G2P) seperti penyaluran bantuan sosial atau subsidi secara non-tunai, dan Person to Government (P2G) seperti program elektronifikasi transportasi publik dan jalan tol untuk mendorong Gerakan Nasional Non Tunai (GNNT).

Bagaimana cara mendapatkan kartu berlogo GPN?

Apabila Anda ingin mengganti kartu debit Anda yang menggunakan logo Visa, Mastercard, JCB dan lainnya. Anda cukup datang ke cabang terdekat bank yang Anda gunakan dan mengajukan penggantian kartu debit Anda dengan logo GPN. Kartu debit dengan logo GBN dapat dipesan secara reguler di setiap bank dan dapat diambil selama 14 hari setelah penggantian rekening atau pembukaan rekening baru.

Kapan nasabah dapat memperoleh kartu berlogo GPN?

Sejak tanggal 29 Maret 2018, setiap nasabah bank di Indonesia dapat memperoleh dan menukarkan kartu debit yang berlogo internasional dengan kartu debit berlogo GPN.

Apakah nasabah tetap dapat menggunakan kartu lamanya yang berlogo internasional jika tidak ingin menukarkan dengan kartu berlogo GPN?

Ya, setiap nasabah memiliki hak untuk memilih kartu debitnya sesuai dengan kebutuhannya, baik itu berlogo internasional maupun berlogo GPN.

Apakah kartu GPN dapat digunakan untuk transaksi di luar negeri dan transaksi e-commerce?

Saat ini, kartu yang menggunakan logo GPN hanya berlaku untuk transaksi di dalam negeri, baik untuk transaksi melalu ATM maupun EDC. Jadi, bagi nasabah yang ingin melakukan transaksi di luar negeri masih harus menggunakan kartu berlogo internasional seperti Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB dan lain sebagainya.

Bagaimana nasib kartu yang masih berlogo internasional seperti Visa atau Mastercard dan lain-lain dengan adanya GPN?

Kabar baiknya adalah kartu yang berlogo internasional seperti Visa atau Mastercard masih tetap beredar dan berlaku di Indonesia untuk memenuhi kebutuhan nasabah khususnya pada transaksi luar negeri karena saat ini kartu berlogo GPN baru dapat bisa digunakan untuk transaksi domestik alias transaksi di dalam negeri.

Dengan hadirnya GPN, apakah setiap nasabah harus memiliki 2 kartu, yaitu kartu berlogo GPN dan kartu berlogo internasional?

Tujuan diterbitkannya kartu dengan logo GPN adalah untuk mendukung pembayaran di dalam negeri agar potensi pendapatan negara tidak lagi harus ke luar negeri. Pada dasarnya, bank tidak boleh memaksa nasabah untuk memiliki kartu GPN apabila nasabah tetap ingin memiliki kartu berlogo internsional. Namun, jika nasabah ingin memiliki kartu belogo internasional untuk transaksi di luar negeri dan GPN untuk transaksi di dalam negeri hal tersebut sah-sah saja.

Apakah kartu berlogo GPN dapat menggunakan EDC dari bank-bank lain?

Setiap melakukan transaksi di Indonesia, seluruh kartu debit yang berlogo GPN yang diterbitkan oleh bank di dalam negeri dapat menggunakan EDC dari bank lainnya. Hal ini dikarenakan kartu debit tersebut telah memenuhi pengujian atas interkoneksi dan keamanannya.

Apa saja perbedaan sebelum dan sesudah GPN?

Sebelum GPN Sesudah GPN
Instrumen Pembayaran jalan tol dan transportasi publik harus menggunakan uang elektronik dari bank tertentu sehingga tidak efisien. GPN mewujudkan program elektronifikasi dan interoperabilitas uang elektronik sehingga pembayaran jalan tol dan transportasi publik dapat dilakukan setiap saat.
Jalur 1 pedagang (merchant) harus punya banyak EDC karena tidak semua kartu dapat diproses di seluruh EDC sehingga tidak efisien. 1 pedagang (merchant) memiliki sedikit EDC karena EDC yang dimiliki dapat memproses seluruh kartu yg berlogo GPN.

Bagaimana sistem kerja GPN?

Jika dulu setiap penarikan uang tunai di ATM yang tidak menerbitkan kartu debit Anda, Anda akan dikenakan biaya sebesar Rp4.000 dan biaya transfer online sebesar Rp6.500. Dengan adanya GPN, Anda tidak harus lagi mengeluarkan uang untuk transaksi-transaksi tersebut karena seluruh infrastruktur dan sistem telah terhubung dan tidak harus lagi singgah di luar negeri seperti sebelumnya.

Apa saja kelebihan GPN?

 Apa saja kerugian GPN?

  • Kartu berlogo GPN belum dapat digunakan untuk transaksi pembayaran di luar negeri, baik melalui mesin ATM maupun mesin EDC.
  • Bank dan perusahaan keuangan akan mengalami potensi rugi karena mereka harus mencetak dan menerbitkan kartu berlogo GPN pengganti kartu berlogo Visa atau Mastercard.
  • Berkurangnya pendapatan bank dari fee yang awalnya dibebankan ke merchant sebanyak 2-3% menjadi 1%.
  • Kartu berlogo GPN belum dapat digunakan untuk pembayaran e-commerce seperti ketika nasabah ingin membeli barang dari luar negeri melalui Ebay, Amazon, Alibaba.
  • Kartu berlogo GPN tetap memberlakukan biaya administrasi bulanan seperti kartu berlogo Visa atau Mastercard dan biayanya berbeda tipis sekitar Rp1.000 – 2.000 saja.

Masih dilema? Bijaklah dalam menentukan pilihan

Hadirnya kartu debit berlogo GPN buatan pemerintah Indonesia ini tentulah menawarkan berbagai keuntungan bukan hanya untuk negara tetapi juga masyarakat. Tetapi, perlu juga diingat bahwa kartu debit berlogo internasional seperti Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB dan sebagainya sudah jelas memiliki sistem teknologi yang mutakhir dan mendunia yang memudahkan masyarakat Indonesia ketika ingin bertansaksi di luar negeri. Sebelum Anda menjatuhkan pilihan kartu debit berlogo GPN atau internasional, hendaklah berpikir matang-matang dengan melihat kebutuhan Anda saat ini karena setiap pilihan kartu memiliki kelebihan dan kekurangan. Namun, apabila Anda masih dilemma di antara dua pilihan, sebaiknya Anda memiliki keduanya karena kartu berlogo GPN akan menguntungkan Anda dalam bertransaksi di dalam negeri sedangkan kartu berlogo internasional pun juga akan menguntungkan Anda ketika bertransaksi di luar negeri atau ingin berbelanja online di situs internasional.

Sumber: Financer.com, Kredit foto: Good News From Indonesia

AIYA Links: 31 August

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made first trip overseas less than a week after being sworn in, flying to Jakarta to conclude a free trade agreement with Indonesia. Under the agreement, the Indonesian government would open doors for Australian universities to operate in Indonesia.

In the news

On the blog

  • Are you interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and have ideas to share? Now is your chance! Artikel dalam Bahasa Indonesia juga diterima. Yuk menulis untuk blog AIYA!
  • Check out the story of Julie-ann Lambourne, a Torres Strait Islander innovator who recently visited Bali for a workshop on virtual reality, empowering women in leadership, and digital innovation.

Events

  • Makassar, 1 September – Join the Makassar team at their Banda Movie Screening this Saturday from 9am at Golden Gate Education Makassar! Check out their Instagram for more details.
  • Jakarta, 1 September – Interested in studying at Australia National University? Come to the ANU Indonesia Open Day in Jakarta to explore study options and scholarship opportunities. Register your interest here!
  • Brisbane, 5 September – AIYA Queensland and ISAQ presents the the award winning documentary, ‘Tainted Love’, about the songbird crisis in Indonesia. Join us for the Discussion Series and Movie Screening with the topic “Singing to Extinction”. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
  • Kupang, 8 September – Come along to Kupang’s LX, ‘Chit Chat Night’! Held at C&A Food Court from 6pm, check out their Instagram for more details.
  • Sydney, 8 September – Enjoy a night of laughter at PPIA USYD’s biggest event, Nusantawa at Seymour Theatre! There will be Darto and Danang, Adjis Doa Ibu & Gilang Gombloh as well as Glenn Fredly to perform. Don’t miss out!
  • Canberra, 14-15 September – The theme of this year’s annual Indonesia Update is ‘Contentious belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia’. Held at Australia National University (ANU), don’t miss out on what is to be a fascinating discussion on the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Get your tickets here!
  • Jakarta, 15 September – Thinking about studying at the University of Melbourne? Register to attend UniMelb’s September Information Day in Jakarta.
  • Bandung, 18 September- Register to attend the University of Melbourne’s September Information Day in Bandung.
  • Melbourne & Yogyakarta, 26 September – The third ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2018 is set to premiere on September 26! Click here to reserve your tickets!
  • Sydney, 27 September – Join SSEAC for the launch of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies (Cambridge University Press), by Hans Pols from 5:30pm. The launch will be followed by a Balinese dance performance and refreshments. Register online here.
  • Ubud, 24-28 October – Tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now with speakers including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Get yours here now!
  • Gold Coast, 11-13 November – Save the date for the AIBC Conference 2018: Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change! Registrations are now open for your chance to mingle with the who’s who of the bilateral business community.

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA NTT Kupang! If you’re a young, passionate person based in Kupang and are interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, join the Kupang team at their AGM on 21 September. See their Instagram for more details!
  • The Australian phase of Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) will be hosted in Melbourne and Bendigo in October and November this year which means the program is looking for host families and host organisations in both locations! If you would like to be a host family or a host organisation for one of the lovely 18 Indonesian participants please apply here.
  • Last chance to provide your video submission for the  National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) 2018 competition. Applications close TONIGHT! Ayo semua, inilah kesempatan kamu untuk membuktikan bakat berbahasa Indonesia!
  • Our partner at UniAir Cargo is now offering AIYA members in Australia a discount for over 50kg shipments to Indonesia. Contact your local chapter on how you can take advantage of this opportunity!
  • Swisscontact’s Sustainable Cocoa Production Program has partnered with the University of Sydney to research the diffusion of good agricultural practices among Indonesian cocoa farmers. Sydney Uni is announcing a full-scholarship for a postgrad student (including international students) to research this issue. Applications close TONIGHT!
  • Applications for all ACICIS programs close 1 September! Study and intern in Indonesia – areas including Indonesian Language, Agriculture, Development Studies, Creative Arts, Law, Business, Sustainable Tourism, Journalism & Public Health. $3,000 – $7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Are you a Sydney Uni student commencing Honours on a topic relating to Southeast Asia? SSEAC has five Honour Scholarships available worth $5000 each to help support your research. Applications close 21 September. Find out more here.
  • Want to host a pop-up ReelOzInd! Festival screening at your school/university/office or park? Choose any date within the Festival period (26 September-31 December 2018) to hold your event. Any gathering large or small is fabulous! To register, contact: reelozind@australiaindonesiacentre.org
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

Like what we do? Want to join or support your local chapter to contribute to our exciting activities? Sign up as an AIYA member today!

Indigenous Social Entrepreneur Visits Indonesia to Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Indigenous Australian innovator Julie-ann Lambourne recently visited Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. There she took part in a series of events and conferences organised by the Australian Embassy in Indonesia.

This visit was part of the celebration of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week. During this week, Australians celebrate the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bali was the final stop of Julie-ann’s tour. There she was one of the speakers at a full-day conference held at Kembali Innovation Hub in Seminyak on July 12. She took this opportunity to share her experiences in social entrepreneurship with local students.

Empowering Indigenous Communities

For years, Julie-ann has worked to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia. A Torres Strait Islander woman herself, descending from Mabiaug and Darnley Island, she aims to help disadvantaged people overcome adversity. She has thus organised many projects aimed at local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In her experience, these communities all operate on the “man at the top” principle. But even though patriarchy is so prevalent, she noticed a rather curious fact. Namely, the women in these communities are usually doing all the work.

The projects organised by Julie-ann and her colleagues helped give these women a voice and the tools to succeed in life. But it wasn’t just the women that benefited from these projects. “Through the program, a lot of people can start to stand up, starting businesses to raise their life,” Julie-ann said.

Virtual Reality for Equal Opportunity

The event in Bali also included a special workshop for the local women in leadership communities. The workshop focused on creating employment opportunities using virtual reality (VR). As the co-founder and CEO of enVizion Group, Julie-ann knows a lot about this subject.

Her company is one of the most successful businesses in Australia owned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aiming to empower other members of the community, they launched a project called Virtual Reality Training Bus. With it, they have given people in remote parts of Northern Australia easy access to vocational training.

As its name suggests, it is an actual bus. It travels to different parts of the country and offers VR training courses in five employment areas. These include agriculture, mining, construction, aquaponics, and health. The goal is to motivate people to overcome barriers and improve their quality of life.

The Importance of Digital Innovation

Julie-ann also places a lot of value in digital innovation. She is the co-founder of D:HIVE, a Cairns-based digital innovation hub. D:HIVE was also one of the topics for the panel discussion held by Digital Innovation for Social Impact on the same day.

The hub aims to secure digital inclusion of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. According to Julie-ann, it provides people with the knowledge and tools they need to run a successful online business. This includes courses on digital literacy, start-ups, and digital online marketing.

Australian Consul, Drew Boekel, welcomed Julie-ann’s efforts. He said that the digital sector is one of the key areas of cooperation between Indonesia and Australia. That’s why the two countries organised the first Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum.

Held in Jakarta earlier this year, the Forum brought together dozens of digital experts from both countries. According to Boekel, Julie-ann’s two-day visit to Indonesia is just as important. That’s because her work shows us that digital technology can help us overcome inequality. This is enough to give hope to millions of people living in disadvantaged communities.

 

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