Northern Territory

Posted on 14 October, 2013

The Australian Indonesian Youth Association in Northern Territory was founded in mid 2012 and has been a strong element in building community of young people who are passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship. 

As the closest capital city to Indonesia, AIYA NT has been able to foster strong relations between connections and pathways for young people. We have been able to facilitate for a wide variety of social and networking events, including movie nights, media workshops, batik competitions, language exchange clubs and human rights workshops.

We are currently affiliated with various institutions such as the Consulate Republic of Indonesia, Charles Darwin University, and PPIA, collaborating with them in a range of events.

Stay up to date with these events through following our social media sites!

Facebook: Australia Indonesia Youth Association – Northern Territory

Twitter: @NT_AIYA

You can also send us an email at [email protected] for any enquiries.

Committee Members

Max Stretton – President

Max was born in Bali and moved to Darwin when he was two years old. He spends a lot of time back in Indonesia staying with family and exploring all the wonders of its islands. Max is currently in his third year of studying a Bachelor of Law at Charles Darwin University whilst continuing his passion in fishing, the arts and sport. He believes that the relationship between Indonesia and Australia should be of upmost importance and is excited about the future of Indonesia. Max just completed a semester of studying law at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta where he also acted as Communications Officer for AIYA Yogya.

Steven Jingga – Secretary

Steven was born in Sumatera Utara and continued his study at Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne in 2012. Upon graduating, he moved to Darwin in March 2015 for work. He was the secretary and treasurer of PPIA Swinburne as well as one of the international student representatives and appointed as Swinburne University of Technology’s delegate to attend the 5th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. During his free time, he likes to swim and do some cooking.

Christopher Teng – Communications Officer

Chris is currently studying a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts at Charles Darwin University. Born in Darwin, Chris learnt Mandarin at home, while studying Bahasa Indonesia for four years in middle school. Although he is not fluent in Indonesian, he has an interest in international relations within the Southeast Asian region, especially in terms of the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Prior to joining AIYA, Chris volunteered with another youth-led organisation, United Nations Youth Northern Territory (UN Youth NT), and served as its Director of Communications and Divisional President. He is excited about the prospects of learning and promoting greater youth engagement with Indonesia in the Territory. During his free time, Chris enjoys drinking bubble tea and jogging.

Dani-elle McManus – Education Officer

Dani-elle was born in Darwin and has recently moved back after completing university in Adelaide. She studied a Bachelor of Social Science and Diploma of Language in Indonesian at the University of Adelaide, including a semester studying at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. She is currently undertaking a Master of Public Policy at Charles Darwin University, through which she plans to research the relationship between the Northern Territory and Indonesia. In the role of Education Officer of AIYA NT, Dani-elle hopes to promote the importance of studying Indonesian to others.

Brendon Low – Treasurer

Brendon was born in Darwin and has spent most of his life calling the Northern Territory home. He loves the Northern Territory and its outdoor lifestyle spending most of his time fishing and camping. Brendon is currently in his 3rd year studying at Bachelor of Law at Charles Darwin University. When he is not studying, or enjoying the outdoors, he is predominately engaged with local sporting clubs as he also lives and breathes basketball. After coming on board with AIYA, Brendon has studied the close relationship between Australia and Indonesia and has committed himself to promoting bilateral cultural understanding. He not only loves the culture, but deeply admires the people and the values they hold. He hopes his strong passion for Indonesia will one day see him work in Jakarta.

Last Updated 17 April 2018.