AIYA Survey 2020 – Have Your Say

Posted on 16 November, 2020

The annual AIYA Survey is conducted to provide an in-depth analysis of the issues and perspectives of young people engaged in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

As part of our mission to connect, inform and inspire, AIYA conducts a regular survey and publishes the results in a public report.

Since 2014, AIYA’s Survey Reports have enabled policy makers, educators, businesses and other individuals to access and draw their own views about youth issues in the bilateral relationship. Last year, its findings were used by the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Commission on Treaties to consider adopting IA-CEPA!

The survey covered everything from your thoughts on the state of the government-to-government relationship, to your opinions on bilateral policies (e.g. IA-CEPA), scholarship schemes such as the New Colombo Plan, and other ideas to improve Australia-Indonesia ties.

The Australia-Indonesia relationship experiences its fair share of ups and downs, but engagement at the people-to-people level is less frequently cited as a measure of the relationship. The AIYA Survey Reports fills this gap in understanding. 

The Survey and Report provides a voice to Australian and Indonesian youth who are knowledgeable on issues affecting both nations and who want to contribute to strengthening bilateral engagement. It is important to recognise the different ways in which young Australians and young Indonesians view the other’s country, culture and people, in order to understand what barriers need to be overcome. Australia’s need to work with the Asian region to achieve ongoing prosperity on every level is becoming more of a reality day-by-day.

Young people are a large, and often unrepresented group, who play a significant role in the Australia-Indonesia relationship in cultural exchange, business and, importantly, education. The way that Indonesia’s 140 million or so people under 30 years old view Australia will have a marked impact on the way that our two countries relate. Similarly, if current Australian political and economic thinking about an Australia more integrated with Asia is to be realised, the way that young Australians currently relate with Indonesia, and the barriers they face with engagement with that country, is of central importance.

So what are you waiting for? Complete the survey today!