Posted on 18 October, 2013

AIYA Victoria has been working with other chapters and AIYA’s national executive since 2012 and has established relationships with local academic and professional organisations including Australia-Indonesia Centre, Asialink, the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne, the Indonesian Student’s Association (PPIA), and many more.

Running various activities in the fields of education, culture and sport there are a variety of events and programs throughout the year that you can get involved with! Get to know the committee and general members and stay up to date with the chapter’s upcoming events through social media!

Follow Facebook page AIYA Victoria and other groups: Language Exchange and Berbahasa

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

Committee Members

Emily Heng – President

Emily is in her fourth year of her degrees in Laws and Global Studies, including a major in Indonesian Studies. Emily has been studying Indonesian for seven years. In high school, Emily has participated in Sayembaran Lisan and also received a 3-day scholarship to visit the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. At university, Emily has studied in Indonesia through a 6-week ACICIS summer language program in Salatiga, and was awarded the Anne Wallace Memorial Travel Grant for it. As President, Emily is excited to run a range of inclusive, fun and educational events that cater to youths who are interested in Australia and Indonesia. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, travelling and drinking teh manis.

Bayu Pratama – VP External

Having graduated from Victoria University in 2015, Bayu is currently a student at RMIT in Social Science (Youth Work). He is also involved with the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) as a Youth Advisor. From 2014, he has had a stint with AFL, as a Diversity Ambassador with powerhouse clubs such as St Kilda, Melbourne Demons, and Collingwood Football Club. In addition to his Ambassador role, Bayu has represented Indonesia on AFL International Cup, back in 2014, & 2017. Outside his involvement of sports, he is an advocate for political and social causes. He has previously appeared on a 2017 Senate Hearing to represent a report on the topic of “Strengthening Multiculturalism in Australia” to the Federal Government. Bayu believes that AIYA is a meaningful platform to connect and engage both Indonesians and Australians.

Isabelle Torrerio – VP Internal

Isabelle has completed a Bachelors degree in Arts, majoring in Indonesian studies. Her interest in the Australia-Indonesia connection evolved from high school study of the language, alongside subsequent travels to Indonesia on student exchange programs. With her enthusiasm and passion for learning about Indonesia, Isabelle is eager to promote language and culture sharing experiences with the Australia-Indonesia youth Association (AIYA), and to connect with a diverse range of people.

Jade Lee – Secretary

Jade is currently completing her final year at Monash University, studying a Bachelor of Business and Arts, and majoring in Economics and Bahasa Indonesia. Ever since her encounter with Indonesian language and culture, she has always had an interest and passion in strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relations. Jade has participated in two ACICIS Programs, including a three week intensive language course in Salatiga and the Business Professional Pracitum in Jakarta. Being a part of AIYA enables her to continuously grow, develop and expand her social and professional skills. As the Secretary of AIYA Victoria, Jade hopes to recruit many more members as well as contribute her ideas in promoting Bahasa Indonesia!

Zoe Croucher – Treasurer

Zoe is a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics/Diploma of Languages student at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has recently returned from studying Indonesian and economics for a year at UGM in Yogyakarta as a 2018 New Colombo Plan Scholar. During her exchange year Zoe also undertook internships at the Australian Consulate-General Surabaya and Pusat Studi Sosial Asia Tenggara. She hopes that by being an economist with a deep understanding of the Indonesian economy, and an ability to communicate with stakeholders in both English and Bahasa, that she will be able to play an active role in bringing our two countries closer. Zoe joined AIYA as she believes it is a fantastic organisation that provides a platform for passionate youth to connect and learn from each other while advancing Australia-Indonesia relations.

 Huss Al-Kelabi – Communications Officer

Huss loves learning languages and has always been passionate about languages, as a young child his family immigrated from the Middle East to Australia, and as a result, he grew up in a bilingual environment speaking both English and Arabic fluently. Being immersed in both cultures and environments sparked his passion for travel and linguistics. Huss has since travelled to numerous countries throughout the Middle East, South East Asia, and Europe. In 2013, he began to study Chinese and gained his HSK level 2 as well as a scholarship for a long-term cultural exchange at Chongqing University in Central China, where he continued to study and teach English at private schools. Huss has continued his linguistic development, and is currently studying a degree majoring in Linguistics as well as a committee member of Bahasa Indonesian Students’ Association (BISA) at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

Monitta Lisamary – Professional Programs Officer

Monitta Mary, familiarly known as Mary, is a Masters student at Monash University studying International Sustainable Tourism Management. Based on her working experience in a governmental office for the past three years, she has a particular interest in developing more sustainable and resilience long-term planning for tourism destinations in Indonesia. Other than study, she also enjoys playing Australia Football (AFL) and actively participating in Krakatoas Football Club. As a Professional Programs Officer, she believes that collaboration is a crucial aspect to face the global challenge, and believes that AIYA events could lead its member for further cooperation in the professional world.

Rebekah Smith – Sociocultural Officer

Rebekah recently graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography. Growing up in different countries has given her a passion for travel and learning about different cultures and people. Her passion for all things Indonesia came during her studies when in 2017 she spent a semester at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, doing a development studies immersion program with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). She is also an alumni of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP). Bekah is passionate about Australians engaging in the Asia-space and youth being agents of change. She loves sport, exploring new places (usually around Indonesia) and good food. As Sociocultural Officer, she is excited for even more sharing of culture, knowledge and people-to-people connection through AIYA.

Caleb Walmsley – Education Officer

Caleb is currently an undergraduate student at Monash University, studying a double degree of Arts and Education. With his Arts major in Indonesian studies, Caleb hopes to become an Indonesian teacher. He began his studies of Indonesia in high school knowing nothing about the island nation and disgruntled that he was unable to study French. However, the passion for Indonesian culture and language quickly flourished as Caleb’s studies continued, even though university. In the role of Education Officer, Caleb hopes to grow both professionally and personally by being in close contact with school’s Indonesian departments across the state, and developing fun LX sessions for all levels of English and Indonesian learners.

Eva van Dijk – Education Facilitator

Eva van Dijk is a current undergraduate student at The University of Melbourne undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Asian Studies. Eva was first exposed to Indonesia when she received a New Columbo Plan scholarship to study in Bandung as a part of an ACICIS program in 2018 at UNPAR. Eva is passionate about educating youth on Australia-Indonesia relations, who will define the ever-deepening relationship in the future. She hopes to use her own knowledge of Australian and Indonesian politics to highlight the importance and complexity of the bilateral relationship and bring the two communities closer together at a grassroots level.

Dylan Vienet – Education Facilitator

Dylan has been involved in AIYA for over 3 years and is currently having a break from studying linguistics at RMIT. Dylan grew up in Singapore, and first came across Indonesia at a young age through traveling and regular contact with its people. A polyglot and culture enthusiast, Dylan has since spent extensive time traveling the world, specifically South East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. This has instilled Dylan with an interest in cultures and other countries. Dylan believes that traveling is a great way to gain knowledge and better understanding for other cultures and people. As an education facilitator, Dylan promotes better cross-cultural understandings between the two countries and people. Dylan is an aspiring travel writer researching different cultures and enjoys traveling, watching football (soccer) and socialising with friends.

VIC Language Exchange

  • Where: RMIT building 80 (445 Swanston St, Melbourne)
  • When: Every Wednesday night
  • Time: 6pm
  • Key Contact: Emily 0432 388 303 or Bayu 0423 548 244
  • More information: Follow the Victoria Facebook page or join the Language Exchange group to keep up to date

VIC Berbahasa (Belajar Bersama Hari Selasa)

  • Where: S107 Menzies Building, Monash University Clayton
  • When: Every second Tuesday night during semester
  • Time: 6pm
  • Key Contact: Emily 0432 388 303 or Bayu 0423 548 244
  • More information: Follow the Berbahasa Facebook page

Last Updated 1 April 2019.