Western Australia

Posted on 19 October, 2013

AIYA Western Australia (AIYA WA) was founded in May 2012 to help connect young people throughout WA to a network of like-minded individuals with an interest in all things Australia-Indonesia.

We have established excellent working relationships with the AIBC WA, Indonesia Institute Inc., Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth, Indonesian Students Society (PPIA) WA, Association of Indonesian Postgraduate Students and Scholars in Australia (AIPSSA)  and the Indonesian Consulate General, Perth. We offer a regular calendar of social and educational events designed to cater for the diverse interests of our membership.

For questions and enquiries, feel free to also send us an email at [email protected]

Committee members: 
Kevin Ng – Chapter President 

Kevin Ng is a bachelor student of Marketing at the University of Western Australia. He is involved in several community engagements and volunteering activities. In his free time, he contributes columns for several news agencies and media, such as Tempo, Tirto, Indoprogress, Mojok, Suara Peranakan, and others.




Fiona Bettesworth – Chapter President 

Fiona has loved connecting and socialising with young Australians and Indonesians with a similar passion and interest in the bilateral relationship. She was first involved in AIYA WA in 2013 which is a great, fun way to stay involved with the bilateral relationship. Since being exposed to the real Indonesia during high school, Fiona has had a strong interest in the Australia-Indonesia relationship. She has spent a considerable amount of time living, studying and travelling in Indonesia, including throughout Java, in Sulawesi and in Lombok. Fiona first learnt Indonesian in senior school high school. Fiona currently works on developing her small business Real Indonesia, which aims to connect Australians to authentic travel experiences in Indonesia that support local economic development.

Matthew Satchwell – Treasurer 

Matt joined AIYA WA as a General Executive Member in 2013, as has since served on the WA Committee in a variety of roles, including Chapter Secretary (2014) Chapter President (2014 -15) and Chapter Treasurer (2015 – 2017). Matt is currently employed as a Secretariat Officer at the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), facilitating a variety of study abroad programs for Australian tertiary students at Indonesian universities. Matt has spent significant time living in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and East Java as a student and young professional, and is passionate about facilitating events and activities through which Perth-based Indonesian and Indonesia-interested youth can meet each other and engage with the bilateral relationship.

Martha Weruing – General Executive Officer 

Martha is a culture, travel and design enthusiast from Larantuka, Flores, Indonesia. Migrating to Perth 5 years ago, she decided to involve herself in AIYA WA to build the relationship between Australian and Indonesian youth during her settlement process. Back home, she was known as a social traveller after her journey exploring Indonesia from West to East as a volunteer in Kelas Inspirasi program led by Indonesia Mengajar, where she lived with locals and was exposed to diverse culture and language. Currently she works as a graphic and UI/UX designer and actively engages with intercultural creatives in WA and CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) communities. She was a finalist of Cultural Endeavours WA Youth Award 2017 as her contribution to the cultural fabric of WA through her passion as an Indonesian traditional dancer and intercultural artist. Other than that, you can find her in a ute camping around WA regions.

Adnan Fadhila – General Executive Officer 

Adnan is from East Java. He joined AIYA in 2019 after attending the Indonesian Election discussion event held by AIYA WA. After spending 3 years of high school in Malang, he took a gap year to learn German and improve his English skills before moving to Perth to undertake study at Curtin University in 2017.


Kemal Faza Hastadi – General Executive Officer 

Kemal is a passionate Indonesian Youth in Perth. He was born in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, raised in Jakarta and now lives in Yogyakarta. Throughout his experiences he has met and learnt a lot about the multiculturalism and the diversity of Indonesia. He joined AIYA WA to broaden his network and understanding of Australian culture. In Perth, he is taking a PhD at Curtin University and has an undergraduate from the same university, his research focuses on reactor optimisation. Besides this, he is also interested in socio-cultural and environmental issues in both in Australia and Indonesia.

Nicholas Basan – General Executive Officer 

Nicholas is a recent member of the AIYA WA committee, joining in 2019. Nicholas has recently returned from a 6 months exchange in Yogyakarta, where he was studying economics and language. During this time in Indonesia, Nicholas was an active member of AIYA Yogyakarta and was an active participant in many programs. Nicholas’ exchange was his first real interaction with Indonesia, prior to commencing exchange he was unable to speak any of the language. This experience has fostered a deep love and passion associated with Indonesia, giving him the drive to further continue his studies in Indonesia language and culture. Nicholas’ passion with Indonesia is hoped to drive further working opportunities in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific Region. Nicholas is excited about becoming part of the Australia-Indonesia community and hopes to engage with other students in order to spread information about Indonesia.

Isabelle Lange – Secretary
Stewart Palmer – General Executive Officer
Kevin Ng – General Executive Officer
Annabel Brearley – General Executive Officer 

Last updated 15 April 2020.