Australian Capital Territory

Posted on 12 October, 2013

AIYA ACT was first set up as AIYA ANU in early 2012. At the beginning of 2014 the change to AIYA ACT was implemented to reflect the Chapter’s desire to engage and collaborate with the broader ACT community.

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Committee Members

Kilau Timur – President

Kilau currently works as a media officer in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. She is of Indonesian descent but was born in the US and migrated to Canberra when she was 4. Kilau is an experienced reporter and freelance journalist for both Indonesia and Australia, interning at Metro TV, TVRI and SBS. She participated in the RUILI Program in 2015 and AIYEP 2018/19 in Riau Province as an Australian delegate. She has been part of the Indonesian community in Canberra for 22 years and is committed to promote Indonesian language and culture in Australia. Kilau graduated with a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism from the University of Canberra.

Charlie Barnes – Vice President

Charlie is in his third year of Economics and Asian Studies at ANU and has had a keen interest in Indonesia since he started learning Indonesian in year 7. Charlie has been to Indonesia several times both to backpack around its many islands and to do intensive language study. Most recently, Charlie was in Indonesia representing Australia at an Indonesian speech competition where he spoke about the importance of religious and ethnic tolerance.


Aaron Bronitt – Secretary

Aaron is in his fourth year of Laws (Hons) and International Security Studies at the ANU. He is studying a minor in Indonesian language. Aaron grew up in Brisbane before he began studying at the ANU. It was here that he developed a love for Indonesian culture and language. Aaron has travelled to Indonesia several times – most recently in July 2019, when he travelled to Salatiga, Central Java, to undertake an ACICIS short language course at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana. Aaron has an interest in Indonesian Law and Australia-Indonesia relations and trade. He hopes to travel to Indonesia to undertake an exchange in 2021 or 2022. Aaron believes AIYA is a valuable tool to connect future leaders from Indonesia and Australia, and learn about each other’s cultures, customs and languages.

Charlotte Hains – Communications Officer

Charlotte is studying a double degree of Asian Studies and Languages, and is majoring in Southeast Asian Studies and Indonesian language. She has studied Indonesian since primary school. In 2018, she completed an Indonesian Studies H-Course at the ANU, which sparked her interest in Indonesian politics and culture. Charlotte currently works as an Indonesian language tutor to college students and is passionate about the continuation of Indonesian language programs in Australian schools.


Lucas Greenslade – General Officer

Lucas is an undergraduate student studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics/International Security Studies with a minor in Indonesian language at the ANU. He has a passion to understand and develop Australia’s bilateral relationship with Indonesia. Through ACICIS, Lucas completed a short Indonesian language course, and is participating in a virtual Development Studies Professional Practicum based in Indonesia throughout January and February 2021. As an AIYA committee member, he seeks to engage with Australia’s relationship with Indonesia in a meaningful and productive way and hopes to return to Indonesia soon to improve his language abilities and learn more about Indonesian culture.

Callum Fitzgerald – General Officer

Callum has recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Australian National University in Asian Studies with a major in Indonesian studies. Over the summer, he will be interning virtually with UnDikNas Bali within the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program as an Australian delegate. Callum will begin a Graduate Diploma in International Affairs in 2021 where he will continue to deepen and expand his research in language education, diplomacy and youth engagement between Australia and Indonesia.

Savannah Benson– General Officer

Savannah is currently studying a double degree in political science and international relations at the Australian National University. She has a keen interest in Indonesian politics and society and particularly how Australia understands and engages with Indonesia. Savannah is currently looking to study Indonesian under the diploma of languages to help further her interest in Indonesia.



Last Updated 27 November 2020.