South Australia

Posted on 16 October, 2013

The Australia Indonesia Youth Association South Australia (AIYA SA) was established in mid 2013, and currently holds active members from Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia, along with several recent graduates and young professionals working throughout South Australia.

AIYA SA has since been able to host a range of exciting and inspiring events including language exchanges, as well as social and networking events.

Feel free to send us an email at sa@aiya.org.au if you have any questions.

Committee Members

Hannah Brimstone – President

Hannah is a seventh year Law and Behavioural Science student at Flinders University and has been learning Bahasa since 2015. Hannah is passionate about the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship, particularly with respect to people-to-people links. She has completed two in country study programs at Gadjah Mada University and Atma Jaya University, and has completed a four-week internship in Jakarta at a child protection research organisation as part of the ACICIS law professional program. In 2019 Hannah will undertake a 6 month internship in Indonesia as part of the New Colombo Plan.

Katie McNamara – Vice-President

Katie McNamara is a third year primary education student, specialising in Indonesian language at Flinders University. She participated in an ACICIS Semester Exchange in Yogyakarta in 2017. Katie is passionate about exposing young Australian primary and secondary students to Indonesian language and the endless possibilities that arise once we immerse ourselves in Indonesian culture and community. She also hopes to one day have the opportunity to teach in Indonesia and be involved in the ongoing strengthening of meaningful ties between Australians and Indonesians. Another interest of Katie’s is Indonesian art and dance, especially Tari Saman! Through AIYA, Katie hopes to share her passion for Indonesia with others and bring people together through a variety of different events.

Michael McAneney – Secretary 

Michael is a Bahasa Indonesia and International Relations student at Flinders University. He has been studying Bahasa Indonesia since 2014 and has since developed a strong interest in the language, culture and community of Indonesia. He studied in Indonesia for three semesters at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, which included research on Indonesia’s foreign policy decision making process. While in Indonesia he was a part of the team that founded AIYA Jawa Barat and was treasurer for one year. Since returning to Australia Michael has remained closely engaged with the Indonesian community. He was a committee member for the 10th IndoFest in Adelaide, the largest Indonesian festival in the southern hemisphere outside of Indonesia. His work has also included a stint as President of AIYA SA.

Christina Mathieson – Treasurer 

Christina is currently studying a bachelor of International Relations and Languages. She has been learning Indonesian throughout her schooling and was very interested in the language and culture, deciding to continue it at university as her major. Christina visited Yogya in the mid year break with the New Colombo Plan as part of a creative arts group exploring ‘Happiness: A cross-collaboration exploration’. She is very excited to be a member of AIYA as she believes that the best way towards achieving growth between Australia and Indonesia is understand which is best achieved through getting to know people.

Sabina Kellie – Media and Communications Officer 

Sabina has recently graduated from a Bachelor of International Studies and is currently completing her Diploma of Indonesian language part time. Her interest in Indonesia lies stems from both personal experience and academic study—she was born in Jakarta to parents who were English teachers, and while at university she has undertaken an ACICIS exchange semester in Bandung, as well as intensive language training in Lombok. Sabina is highly interested in studying the strategically and geographically close relationship between Indonesia and Australia, has provided language and culture support to Indonesian delegates while an intern for South Australian state government, and enjoys reading contemporary Indonesian fiction writers. Her next experience in Indonesia will be as a delegate in the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP 37) this December 2018/January 2019, which she is looking forward to.

Georgia Broadbent – Events Officer 

Georgia is currently in her 3rd year of university at Flinders. She studies a Bachelor of International Relations combined with a Bachelor of Languages. Georgia has learnt Indonesian since year 8 in high school and has developed her passion for all things Indonesia through having that exposure since such a young age. Through her high school years she has been involved in a bridging program, hosting 5 Indonesian students from Lombok and East Java in her 5 years in high school. Georgia is passionate about helping to strengthen ties between Indonesia and Australia, and through AIYA Georgia hopes to continue to grow and develop a deeper passion and understanding for the Australia-Indonesia relationship.


SA Language Exchange

  • Where: Flinders Victoria Square (182 Victoria Square, Adelaide)
  • When: Every second Tuesday night
  • Time: 6pm
  • Key Contact: Krystal 0447 205 865 or Matthew 0488 326 448
  • More information: Keep up to date by following the SA Facebook page

Last Updated 13 December 2018.