Australia-Indonesia Institute

Advice to applicants - Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program 2014-15

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) under the auspices 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.


Participants in the program are aged between 21 and 25 years (at the time of departure to Indonesia), with each group consisting of 9 males and 9 females.

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

In both locations the Australians and Indonesians present cultural performances.

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:


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 2014/2015 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 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade internet site 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.