Northern Territory

The Australian Indonesian Youth Association in Northern Territory was founded in mid 2012 and has been a strong element in building community of young people who are passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship. 

As the closest capital city to Indonesia, AIYA NT has been able to foster strong relations between connections and pathways for young people. We have been able to facilitate for a wide variety of social and networking events, including movie nights, media workshops, batik competitions, language exchange clubs and human rights workshops.

We are currently affiliated with various institutions such as the Consulate Republic of Indonesia, Charles Darwin University, and PPIA, collaborating with them in a range of events.

Stay up to date with these events through following our social media sites!

Facebook: Australia Indonesia Youth Association – Northern Territory

Twitter: @NT_AIYA

You can also send us an email at for any enquiries.

Committee Members

Kyaw Naing John Yusuf: President

Chapter PresidentJhon came to Darwin in January 2011 and had 4 years of experience living in Indonesia previously. John is a full time carer of his mother and passionate about the wellbeing of local community and youth in the NT. Since return from 2015 AIMEP scholarship in Indonesia last year, he is inspired to strengthen the both countries’ bilateral relationship through history, people, culture and art. Jhon also volunteers in Multicultural Youth NT where he gained most of his skills to work with people from diverse background and leadership skills.


Lara Whitehouse: Vice President

Lara - Vice PresidentLara was born in Helsinki and lived in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea before moving to the NT. She has been involved with the Darwin community throughout her schooling and university years, such as the Nightcliff Swimming Club and other organisations. Her interest in Indonesia began last year when she commenced she commenced her degree at the CDU. This year, she spent semester one in Yogyakarta, studying Bahasa Indonesia. As an emerging Indonesian teacher, her goal and how she wishes to contribute to AIYA NT rests in promoting a positive interest in Indonesia amongst secondary school students.

Lang: Member Engagement Officer 

Lang - Member Engagement OfficerLang is in his final year Law/Arts student at Charles Darwin University and assures us that he is studious and attends all his classes. At least the most important ones, which all happen to be in the afternoon. He is a bit of a nerd in politics and some other more eclectic fields. He firmly believes in the value that AIYA NT can bring to NT youth and is looking to bring the opportunities AIYA can bring to as many young Territorians as possible. 


Al: PR and Media Officer

Al - PR & Media OfficerAl graduated from of The London School of Public Relation in Jakarta where he completed his BA in Communication.
After graduation, Al launched his career in Jakarta, where he began his specialization in Visual Communication. Now he is facing a new challenge by following work and holiday program in Australia.


Frankie: Grants Officer

Frankie - Grants OfficerFrankie runs a bilingual story time session each month for Indonesian and non-Indonesian speaking families. This fun multicultural activity is aimed at parents and children, and is a fun way to get know to our neighbouring people. Sessions are held at 10 AM on last Friday each Month at Darwin City Library. Frankie is a valuable member of our team, and we are excited to work closely with her!


Max Stretton: Treasurer 

Max was born in Bali and moved to Darwin, Australia when he was two years old. He spends a lot of time back in Indonesia staying with family and exploring all the wonders of its islands. Max is currently in his third year of studying a Bachelor of Law at Charles Darwin University and intends on achieving a successful career in Indonesian and Australian law. He is passionate about the culture and language Indonesia has to offer to Australia and the wider world. He believes that the relationship between Indonesia and Australia should be of upmost importance. Max in the process of enrolling to study Law at University of Gajah Mada for 12 months commencing in August.

Fathan Harsya: Secretary 

Fathan was born and raised in Jakarta and lived in Bali in 2013 before coming to Australia. Last year, Fathan decided to permanently move to Australia with his family. He believes that coming to Australia has given him better view of Indonesia and a good education opportunity. He lived in Darwin since then. His goal in life is to be useful for the community and the world, by implementing the knowledge that he has acquired through education, regardless of the profit he will get afterwards.


Last Updated 22 November 2017.