‘Apa Itu’ – AIBC

Posted on 2 November, 2018

Apa Itu is an informative Series that will bring you an introduction, explanation, and insight about various topic and this week we are introducing you to Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC), yuk cari tahu!

logo credit: AIBC

Initiated to promote the business relationship between Australia-Indonesia, in 1971 formed the Australian Indonesia Business Cooperation Committee that later will be one of the roots of Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC). In 1989, together with Australia Indonesia Chamber of Commerce as an act of commitment, a merging took place to straighten the organisation.

Since founded in 1989, AIBC has actively played its role and now as the national association has branches that operate the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. In further explanation of AIBC board management, in their own words, AIBC stated: “We are managed by a Board of Directors comprising State/Territory branch Chairs and a National President, National Vice-President and National Honorary Treasurer who are elected at the Annual General Meeting of members. The Board is supported by a National Secretariat.”

Being the length of both Indonesia and Australia business relationship (trade and investment), AIBC has actively get involved in expanding a fair and equal opportunity for the industry and its people. In the mission of AIBC to promote and facilitate trade and investment, AIBC’s president Phil Turner has widely and openly spoken in a relevant stage such pushing the possibility of the free trade deal and being a go-between Australia and Indonesia governments by welcoming Mr. Morrison to Indonesia.

Representing the interests of both countries, AIBC has informally operated as the Australia committee of KADIN (Kamar Dagang dan Industri Indonesia/the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry) in its essence of being the voice of business. With AIBC board working towards equality of Australians and Indonesians, AIBC has always had an Indonesian president. In realising the business links and foster friendship, one of the main focus is to strengthen within AIBC internal network whether via annual conference or providing information with its around 250 members.

 “The Australia Indonesia Business Council Ltd (AIBC) is the peak, non-profit business association involved with the promotion and facilitation of trade and investment between Australia and Indonesia.”


AIBC Young Professionals

logo credit: AIBC YPs

The initiation of involving young professionals has gained its momentum in AIBC WA, established in late 2014, the AIBC Young Professionals (YPs) has gained the interests from a wide range of young professionals and other groups.

“Being the part of AIBC WA, The AIBC YPs, recognises the important role the youth of both countries will play in building the economic and business ties between the two nations. It aims to create an active and collaborative community of young West Australians and Indonesians by providing them with opportunities to network, discuss ideas and build leadership capabilities.“

AIBC YPS, https://www.aibc.com.au/pages/chapters/aibc-young-professionals

The Young Professionals (YPs) are generally AIBC Members who fall under 35 years and under, that may or may not be recognised under the AIBC Membership of their employer organisation. Although currently only operating in WA, YP groups are developing in other AIBC branches. YPs member is entitled to a 50% discount for the first two years from the Small Business/Individual Membership fee. To learn more about the other benefits as well as the details, they can be found here.

The AIBC YPs have launched a Facebook and LinkedIn page as part of their wider engagement with young professionals. Follow both pages to get informed and involved to promote events, distribute useful articles and encourage discussion about particular issues within Western Australia’s key industries.


As a non-profit organisation that works closely to connect, inform and inspire, as well as promoting and facilitating the best interests of Australia and Indonesia, both AIYA and AIBC have work in ties to continuously build the strong cross-cultural connections.

For AIBC this is integral to continuing and growing our trade and business relationship across the nations. It is especially relevant after the IA-CEPA agreement that will affect all areas of business. With this insight, AIBC has established the conference theme of ‘Partnering for Prosperity’. The conference will bring together experts, organisations and ideas important to Australia-Indonesia business success.

It will be held on the sunny Gold Coast in Queensland. AIBC are excited to have more young people come along and be a part of this impactful dialogue. We are committed to celebrating the future Indonesia capable leaders through the AIBC Young Professionals branches and formal partnership with AIYA. To continue this work, we are pleased to inform and offer only to AIYA members a discount as follows:

  • Conference and both Opening and Gala dinner- not $1120, only $300 for AIYA members
  • Conference entry only- not $900, only $250 for AIYA members
  • Conference Opening or Gala dinner- not $110 each, only $50 each for AIYA members

The program will feature:

  • E. Tom Lembong, Chairman, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)
  • Senator The Hon. Simon Birmingham, Australia’s Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
  • E. Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister for Transport, Republic of Indonesia
  • E. Gary Quinlan AO, Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia
  • E. Kristiarto S. Legowo, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia
  • Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland
  • Prof Dr Ir HM Nurdin Abdullah, Governor of South Sulawesi
  • Karen Andrews MP, Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
  • Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer & Shadow Minister for Trade in Services
  • Mayor Tom Tate, City of Gold Coast
  • Bill Farmer AO, Conference Patron and Former Australian Ambassador to Indonesia
  • Prominent business, government and academic leaders from both countries

The key information is:

  • 11 Nov 2018 7:00pm – 13 Nov 2018 1:00pm
  • Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
  • The program is available here.

To register please contact: Director of Partnerships and Memberships Sam Shlansky at sam.shlansky@aiya.org.au.


AIBC | 1300902878 | www.aibc.com.au/contact

AIBC YPs | YPWA@aibc.com.au | Julia Scott

Thank you for reading one of our ‘Apa Itu’ Series, please stay tuned for upcoming pieces and our report on AIBC Conference 2018: Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change!

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