New Australia Centre for Indonesia Studies
On 1 October 2013, during his inaugural visit to Jakarta, Australia's Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP announced the establishment of the Australia Centre for Indonesia Studies. The Centre's mandate will be to strengthen and deepen Australia-Indonesia business, cultural, educational, research and community links. It will promote greater understanding of contemporary Indonesia and its growing importance to Australia.
The Centre will be headquartered at Monash University, with nodes at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne, with additional partners including CSIRO and the Victorian Government. It will be funded in partnership with the private sector. The Centre will help build personal connections and foster collaboration with Indonesian counterparts on important research projects.
Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award
The Elizabeth O'Neill Journalism Award is awarded to one journalist from Indonesia and one from Australia each year. The Award is open to high-achieving journalists from print, radio, television and online media organisations at any stage of their career.
Learn more about the award and read testimonials from previous Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award recipients.
Indonesian cultural spectacular
INDOfest is an annual festival held in Adelaide to celebrate all things Indonesian. Attended by around 20,000 people, the 2013 event included food stalls, music and dance, and cultural workshops. The involvement of the South Australian and Indonesian communities in organising and attending INDOfest led Indonesian Government representatives to call the event "the best Indonesian festival abroad".
Hands on learning
Since 2012, Scotch College has established an annual school tour to Indonesia. Such tours are an integral part of the school based language program as they aim to maximise students’ use of Indonesian language through face to face interactions, expose them to Indonesian culture, and develop a sense of how Indonesia and its people can play a part in their future lives.
The Indonesia Australia Pastoral Industry Student Program is run by the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and provides Indonesian animal husbandry students with experience of the NT pastoral industry. Students receive industry training and work experience placements on north Australian cattle stations, and station hosts have the opportunity to visit Indonesia.
Improving financial management
The Department of Finance and Deregulation has partnered with the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and National Development Planning Agency since 2007. Three senior Finance officers work with local counterparts in MoF to assist the Government of Indonesia's efforts to improve public financial management, including the implementation of a medium-term expenditure framework and regulatory reform.
The ABC's popular Q&A program screened live from Jakarta in July - the result of a new partnership between ABC International and Indonesia's leading news channel Metro TV. The program featured high profile figures and commentators discussing topics that resonated with audiences in both countries, and was a significant step in reflecting a realistic and contemporary view of Indonesian people and attitudes.
AIYEP aims to provide wider opportunities for young people from Indonesia and Australia to appreciate the culture, development and way of life of each other's country and to build groups of young and potentially influential people in both Australia and Indonesia who have knowledge and personal experience of the two countries and who develop close and enduring links with each other.