AIYA Victoria has been working with other chapters and AIYA’s national executive since 2012 and has established relationships with local academic and professional organisations including Australia-Indonesia Centre, Asialink, the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne, the Indonesian Student’s Association (PPIA), and many more.
Running various activities in the fields of education, culture and sport there are a variety of events and programs throughout the year that you can get involved with! Get to know the committee and general members and stay up to date with the chapter’s upcoming events through social media!
Follow Facebook page AIYA Victoria and Instagram and other groups: Language Exchange and Berbahasa
Feel free to also send an email to [email protected] for any questions or enquiries.
Bayu Pratama – President
Having graduated from Victoria University in 2015, Bayu is currently a student at RMIT in Social Science (Youth Work). He is also involved with the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) as a Youth Advisor. From 2014, he has had a stint with AFL, as a Diversity Ambassador with powerhouse clubs such as St Kilda, Melbourne Demons, and Collingwood Football Club. In addition to his Ambassador role, Bayu has represented Indonesia on AFL International Cup, back in 2014, & 2017. Outside his involvement of sports, he is an advocate for political and social causes. He has previously appeared on a 2017 Senate Hearing to represent a report on the topic of “Strengthening Multiculturalism in Australia” to the Federal Government. Bayu believes that AIYA is a meaningful platform to connect and engage both Indonesians and Australians.
Eva van Dijk – VP External
Eva van Dijk is a current undergraduate student at The University of Melbourne undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Asian Studies. Eva was first exposed to Indonesia when she received a New Columbo Plan scholarship to study in Bandung as a part of an ACICIS program in 2018 at UNPAR. Eva is passionate about educating youth on Australia-Indonesia relations, who will define the ever-deepening relationship in the future. She hopes to use her own knowledge of Australian and Indonesian politics to highlight the importance and complexity of the bilateral relationship and bring the two communities closer together at a grassroots level.
Zoe Croucher – VP Internal
Zoe is a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics/Diploma of Languages student at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has recently returned from studying Indonesian and economics for a year at UGM in Yogyakarta as a 2018 New Colombo Plan Scholar. During her exchange year Zoe also undertook internships at the Australian Consulate-General Surabaya and Pusat Studi Sosial Asia Tenggara. She hopes that by being an economist with a deep understanding of the Indonesian economy, and an ability to communicate with stakeholders in both English and Bahasa, that she will be able to play an active role in bringing our two countries closer. Zoe joined AIYA as she believes it is a fantastic organisation that provides a platform for passionate youth to connect and learn from each other while advancing Australia-Indonesia relations.
Isabella Di Nello – Secretary
Issy recently completed a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian and Bachelor of Arts at Monash University with Honours in sociology. Her thesis examined how masculinity is portrayed in Indonesian cigarette ads, marrying her two interests: sociology and Indonesia. Issy joined AIYA in 2017 whilst studying Indonesian in Yogyakarta at UGM with the ACICIS program. She is passionate about all things Indonesia and is excited about what the future holds for the Aus-Indo relationship, especially for young Indonesians and Australians. Issy is eager to connect with like-minded individuals and promote the bilateral relationship at a grassroots level through language and culture sharing experiences. In her free time (when she’s not busy applying for graduate jobs), she enjoys listening to podcasts, cheering on her footy team (Hawthorn – sorry Bayu), and her endless quest to find the perfect boba tea.
Ben Greilach – Treasurer
Ben is currently completing his final year at Monash University, studying a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, and a Diploma of Language majoring in Indonesian. He began studying Indonesian at high school and during this time he got to visit Indonesia with his school. Ben continued studying Indonesian at university and completed the 6-week Business Professional Practicum in Jakarta with ACICIS. Ben joined AIYA so as to try improve his Indonesian outside of class, as well as to meet new friends. He hopes to continue improving and promoting AIYA.
Benedicta Bintang Zefanya – Communications Officer
Benedicta Bintang Zefanya ; currently studying double degree of bachelor of marketing and bachelor of media communication specialised in digital humanities ; a package of 3 in one (knows marketing, knows how to handle media more specifically digital environment, and artful things like designing) ; wants to work in media entertainment industry especially Disney and VOGUE to be the star people wish upon, as she was named.
Reza Sulaeman – Communications Officer
Reza is currently a content creator on YouTube, producing a variety of works such as music, music videos and short-form comedy. This has allowed him to learn how to take an idea from concept to finalization. He is an experienced video editor, comfortable in programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and FL Studio. Reza is experienced behind a camera and also in front of it, usually acting in his own content. Reza is an Australian-born Indonesian, with his parents originating from Bandung. As a result, his Indonesian speaking skills aren’t as good as he’d like them to be, and he is currently studying the language. He believes that AIYA is a great way to connect those who want to learn the language with people who can help them through the process.
Max Stella – Professional Programs Officer
Max is first year JD law student at Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indonesian Language and Philosophy. Ever since spending a year living in Bali as a young teenager, Max has been eager to see how Indonesia and Australia can become even closer partners for the benefit of both countries. He hopes his time at AIYA as Professional Programs officer can be used to inspire Australian students to take a keener focus on studying and working in Indonesia.
Samira Lindsey – Professional Programs Officer
With a mixed Indonesian/Australian ethnicity, Samira has always been passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Samira is completing a Diploma of Languages (Indonesian) at Monash University where she is also nearing the end of her LLB (Hons)/BA (International Relations). In 2019, Samira was selected as a New Colombo Plan Scholar to Indonesia. In 2014, Samira worked as an assistant at the Asian Law Centre (University of Melbourne). Since 2018, she has provided legal research assistance in Indonesian law and governance at Swinburne Law School. Since 2019, Samira has worked as a pro bono paralegal with Indonesian-Australian case work, including assisting lawyers at LBH Masyarakat in Jakarta. After graduating, Samira hopes to practice law at a global firm where she can contribute to the development of the bilateral relationship for early career professionals. As Professional Program Officer, Samira hopes to implement a tailored program to help AIYA members find career pathways in the Aus-Indo space too.
Sury Sulaiman – Sociocultural Officer
Sury is a graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) with a Master of Media. As an Australian born Indonesian he has a passion to foster the intercultural relationship between the two. He has been involved in numerous international expeditions one of which was the Trans-Borneo; this entailed a cultural journey through the 3 countries residing on the island of Borneo. This experience fuelled his eagerness to promote, explore and embrace different cultures. He is also a mentor for the Helping Hand Project which is a program that help guide youths from refugee backgrounds to transition into their new life in Australia. As a sociocultural officer he would like to foster meaningful relationships between cultures within the AIYA community through shared experiences.
Sarah Bouquet – Education Officer
Sarah is an undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne studying both Asian Studies and Islamic Studies alongside a Diploma of Chinese language. Sarah has enjoyed studying Indonesian since primary school, with her enthusiasm for the Indonesian language and culture enriched by a six-week student exchange in Sumedang, West Java during high school. In 2017, she was also the recipient of the Senior Award for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards with her speech discussing the positive effects of second language learning. During her gap year, Sarah co-facilitated a small literacy project called ‘Ayo Baca’ which carried out reading workshops in a handful of Indonesian primary schools across West Java, Yogyakarta and West Sumatra. From these combined experiences, Sarah developed a keen interest in education and curriculum development, particularly in rural Indonesian communities. As an AIYA education officer, she is excited to grow and nurture the culture of Indonesian language learning amongst spheres of young Australians and to constantly develop engaging, fun ways to do this through LX and AIYA events.
Caleb Walmsley – Education Officer
Caleb is currently an undergraduate student at Monash University, studying a double degree of Arts and Education. With his Arts major in Indonesian studies, Caleb hopes to become an Indonesian teacher. He began his studies of Indonesia in high school knowing nothing about the island nation and disgruntled that he was unable to study French. However, the passion for Indonesian culture and language quickly flourished as Caleb’s studies continued, even though university. In the role of Education Officer, Caleb hopes to grow both professionally and personally by being in close contact with school’s Indonesian departments across the state, and developing fun LX sessions for all levels of English and Indonesian learners.
Darcy Murphy – Education Facilitator
Darcy is currently completing a Master of Teaching (Indonesian) after recently completing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Informatics alongside a Diploma of Indonesian Language at the University of Melbourne. Since beginning Indonesian language studies in Primary school, Darcy has developed a keen interest in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Darcy is an avid participant in AIYA and has spent time volunteering with both the Victoria and Yogyakarta chapters. He is also a member of the Krakatoas football club, a team made up of Indonesians living in Australia and Australians with a strong connection to Indonesia. He has completed a semester abroad through ACICIS at Universitas Gadjah Mada completing his Diploma of Languages. He has also spent time studying at Universtias Udayana. Looking towards the future as he completes his degree, Darcy wishes to further involve himself in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
Sarah Munday – Education Facilitator
Sarah is currently completing her fourth year of a Bachelor of Primary and Secondary Education. After studying Indonesian at high school, Sarah continued her language studies at university with the hope to teach Indonesian in the future. Sarah recently participated in a six week ACICIS intensive language course in Salatiga and someday hopes to return to study in Indonesia. As an Education Facilitator, Sarah aims to work with the rest of the education team to provide fun and engaging language sessions that encourage and support all participants to practice their Indonesian (or English).
VIC Language Exchange – Postponed until further notice
VIC Berbahasa (Belajar Bersama Hari Selasa) – Postponed until further notice
- Where: S107 Menzies Building, Monash University Clayton
- When: Every second Tuesday night during semester
- Time: 6pm
- Key Contact: Bayu 0423 548 244 [email protected]
- More information: Follow the Berbahasa Facebook page
FLEX (Flexible Language Exchange)
Last Updated 20 April 2020.