AIYA Victoria was established in 2012, and is an active chapter made up of students and young professionals.

Working with other chapters and AIYA’s national executive, AIYA Victoria has established relationships with local academic and professional organisations including Asialink, the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne, the Indonesian Student’s Association (PPIA), and many more. Members of AIYA Victoria have appeared on radio, in print, and online.

The chapter holds a number of educational, social-cultural, and sporting events and programs throughout the year so don’t forget to stay up to date with their upcoming events through connecting with them on their social media sites!

Facebook: Australia Indonesia Youth Association – AIYA Victoria

Twitter: @aiya_victoria

Instagram: @aiya_victoria

Feel free to also send an email to for any questions or enquiries.

Committee Members


President : Sam Shlansky

Sam Shlansky

As the President of the Victoria Chapter, Sam is excited to bring all of his Indonesia experiences to practice. He completed an honours year at Monash University in Indonesian Studies and Linguistics in 2016. Living in Indonesia for five months in semester one 2015 really put together all of the different volunteering projects Sam has (and continues to) do at Monash University, in Scout’s Victoria, and with AIYA. Indonesia life was about development work in a village, part of the KKN program at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). During this time he was fascinated learning about working with Javanese people and the art of nongkrong. Eight years of Indonesian study and Sam is still learning so many interesting things. He hopes to bring this passion for learning and talking all about Indonesia to his role as Vice President of External Affairs.

Vice-President (Internal Relations): Haekal Irsananda

Haekal Irsananda

Haekal is an undergraduate student at Monash University, majoring in marketing and completed a Diploma of Business (Commerce) in 2014. Having spent his childhood both in Australia and Indonesia, Haekal’s mission is to increase cooperation, understanding and the relationship between young Australians and Indonesians. Haekal hopes AIYA can be a platform for both Australians and Indonesians to socialise and build friendships. During his free time he enjoys playing futsal, listening to music and eating rendang.

Treasurer: Laura Reinwald

lauraAside from being the AIYA Victoria Treasurer for 2016, Laura works as a tender writer for Mission Australia. Alongside this she is studying a master’s degree in translation and interpreting at RMIT University. Laura became interested in pursuing Indonesian Studies during her undergraduate degree and spent a semester studying at UGM in Yogyakarta in 2012 through the ACICIS program. Since returning to Melbourne, she has become a part of the Sanggar Lestari Indonesian Dance Group, attending weekly practices and performing at various Indonesian and multicultural events around Melbourne. Laura thoroughly enjoys being part of the Australia-Indonesia community in Melbourne as she meets new and interesting people with similar passions and experiences.

Communications Officer: Edward Stephens

ed-1Hails from the Mornington Peninsula and makes a delicious Espresso Martini at the local Portsea Pub. Ed is a graduate of Monash University and UGM with a BA in Indonesian Studies, soon to be BA (Hons). He is an irregular contributor to Tempo magazine and an alumnus of the DFAT funded 2013/2014 Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP). He is interested in Indonesian media, politics and society and in expanding business links between Australia and Indonesia.

Education Officer: Vito Sutrisna

vitoVito is currently working towards his CFA accreditation, whilst also finishing his final semester in Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. He has previously interned as junior analyst at equity brokerage Trimegah Securities Tbk in Jakarta. He strongly believes that language is a key to diminishing trade or cultural barriers between Australia and Indonesia. He is currently involved in assisting the national office of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council with their administrative affairs and creative works. Vito leads the education team to create a dynamic, inspiring content for AIYA’s language exchange programs.

Social-Cultural Officer: Anthony Taylor

anthonyAnthony completed degrees in Arts and Laws at Monash University in 2015, including Honours in Indonesian Studies. His Honours thesis looked at representations of nation and law in the literature of Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Anthony has had stints in Indonesia for language study at UGM, studying the Indonesian legal system in Yogyakarta and interning at a legal aid office in Jakarta. As the Social-Cultural Officer, Anthony hopes to promote sharing of Indonesian and Australian culture, especially literature. He is currently undertaking practical legal training at Leo Cussen Institute.

Sports Officer: Katrina Reid

katKatrina is the Research Officer at the Australia-Indonesia Centre where she supports management of the research portfolio which includes four large bilateral research clusters. Prior to starting at the Australia-Indonesia Centre Katrina undertook internships at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) in Jakarta where she assisted the business service desk with their business matching portfolio and at the Centre for International Economics in Canberra. Katrina completed a double degree in Commerce and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. While at university she studied Indonesian and Javanese and undertook in-country study at Universitas Satya Wacana in Salatiga, as well as the University of Texas in Austin. During this time she also worked as a finance officer at the Department of Health. Katrina is a keen sports enthusiast and joined the Krakatoas sports team in 2015.