Australia-Indonesia Institute

Advice to Applicants

The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP), which began in 1981, operates under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Indonesian and Australian Governments.


The program aims to “provide wider opportunities for the young people of Indonesia and Australia to appreciate the culture, development and the way of life of the other country”.


The program in Australia is funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra. An Australian coordinator engaged by the AII manages the Australian phase of the exchange, with applications from Australians forwarded to the coordinator after the closing date.

In Indonesia the program is organised by the State Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport.


The program for the Australian group in Indonesia comprises two sections:

Each year the AIYEP is hosted in a different state or territory within Australia, and in a different province of Indonesia.

Selection Criteria for Australian participants

The AIYEP is open to people aged between 21 and 25 years at the time of departure to Indonesia, who satisfy the following minimum requirements:


In Australia, the cost of the program, including air fares and accommodation, are the responsibility of the AII. In addition, the AII is, under the present Agreement, responsible for the international travel of all participants. In Indonesia, the cost of the program, including travel, accommodation and meals are the responsibility of the Indonesian Government.

A basic outfit for the Australian participants is also paid for by the AII, but participants will be required to provide or purchase at their own expense: shoes; personal travel insurance; any compulsory medical vaccinations; passports and departure taxes; personal spending money; clothing and any other incidental costs.

What participants can expect to gain from the Program

The opportunity for:

The AIYEP is not an alternative holiday in Indonesia. Participants are required to participate in all parts of the program and to accept the responsibility of representing their country overseas.

Benefits to Australia-Indonesia Relations

The program:

Deed Poll

All applicants for the 2013-2014 AIYEP must confirm in writing that they have made themselves aware of the content of the Australian Government travel advice for Indonesia. The latest travel advice is available from the Smartraveller website. Successful applicants will be required to sign a Deed Poll Waiver and Release of Liability form prior to undertaking any travel to Indonesia.

Health/Travel Insurance

Those selected for the Program must be in good mental, physical and dental health, and will be advised to consult with their own doctor on any vaccinations or other health measures required.  Each participant will also be asked to show evidence of his/her cover for appropriate travel insurance before departure for Indonesia. The insurance is to include cover for any emergency repatriation to Australia.