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 Australian Public Service. She is of Indonesian descent but was born in the US and migrated to Australia 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 has participated in the RUILI Program in 2015 and AIYEP 2018/29 in Riau Province as an Australian delegate. She hopes to contribute to the bilateral relationship between both countries and promote Indonesian language and culture in Australia. Kilau graduated with a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism from the University of Canberra.

Adeline Tinessia – Vice President

Adeline is currently pursuing Honours in International Security Studies at the ANU with a focus on health security in Indonesia. She was born and raised in the outskirts of Jakarta, before making a move to Canberra during high school. She has continued to remain engaged with Indonesia through language and political studies both in high school and in university. She has recently completed an internship at the Australian Institute of International Affairs and a human rights NGO in Jakarta, focusing on the state of refugees in Southeast Asia.

Charlie Barnes – Secretary

Charlie is in his second 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.

Isaac Bennett – Treasurer

Isaac majored in Indonesian and History at the University of Queensland, appropriately rounding off his studies with an honours thesis on Indonesian history. He has been to Indonesia five times, including through ACICIS and AIYEP. During this time, he was involved in AIYA Queensland as Secretary, Community Liaison Officer and Vice President and was also the Treasurer of AIYA Yogyakarta for a semester. As anyone with this background has wanted to do, Isaac moved to Canberra last year to do a PhD in Indonesian history, but has instead found himself working for the Government in international education.

Cameron Allen – Events Officer

Cameron is in his final year of Law and International Security Studies at ANU. Throughout his studies, Cameron has studied in Indonesia several times, most recently as the 2019 NCP ASEAN Fellow. During his fellowship, he interned at two organisations based in Jakarta: the Australian Mission to ASEAN and Migrant Care, an Indonesian migrant worker advocacy organisation. A highlight of Cameron’s engagement with Indonesia was being a delegate on the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program 2018/2019, which saw his batch living in Riau Province for two months. Cameron is excited to bring together young Australians and Indonesians in Canberra!

Sarah Binney – Communications Officer

Sarah is completing a double degree Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Bachelor of Asian Studies with a Northeast Asian Studies major and Indonesian Language minor at the Australian National University. She has been studying Indonesian for nine years and has also completed two ACICIS language programs in Salatiga, Indonesia. Sarah has been a member of the ANU Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, as well as a member of AIYA ACT since 2017. Earlier this year, Sarah completed a two-month internship with the Australian Consulate-General Surabaya, focusing on public diplomacy and social media management.

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. Lucas recently completed a short Indonesian language course through ACICIS. Through his involvement in AIYA, 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 is in his final year at ANU studying a bachelor of Asian Studies with a major in Indonesian language. He recently completed a language short course in Salatiga, exploring the many opportunities open to Australian graduates in Indonesia’s education and tourism sectors. He is passionate about enhancing the English literacy and environmental education of young Indonesians and building strong friendship ties between the youth of Australia and Indonesia.


Last Updated 3 May 2019.