About the Australia-Indonesia Institute
The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) was established in 1989 for the purpose of providing a focus for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information, and a source of advice, in relation to the ways in which relations between Australia and Indonesia could be encouraged, strengthened and developed.
The functions of the Institute are:
- to make recommendations to the Minister for Foreign Affairs for the broadening of the Australian experience of Indonesia in relation to:
- the encouragement of the study of the Indonesian language and culture in Australia and the English language and Australian culture in Indonesia;
- the enhancement of commercial linkages between Australia and Indonesia;the identification of possibilities for cooperation in science and technology;
- the facilitation of media exchanges;
- the sponsorship of cultural and sporting exchanges and training;
- the support of Australian studies in Indonesia and of Indonesian studies in Australia;
- the strengthening of institutional links between universities, museums, libraries, technical colleges, research institutes, professional organisations and appropriate non- government organisations;
- the facilitation of the translation of Australian and Indonesian texts;
- the organisation of visits and exchanges between prominent people and groups;
- subject to the direction of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, to provide advice and information to individuals and organisations and to the Australian media in relation to any matters referred to in subparagraphs (a) (i) to (ix) inclusive;
- for the purposes of formulating recommendations referred to in paragraph (a) or providing advice and information referred to in paragraph (b), to consult individuals, organisations and government departments and agencies associated or concerned with the development of relations between Australia and Indonesia.
To develop relations between Australia and Indonesia by promoting greater mutual understanding and by contributing to the enlargement over the longer term of the areas of contact and exchange between the people of Australia and Indonesia.
The goals of the Institute are:
- To promote in each country increased exposure to the other through media, educational, cultural, sporting and professional activities.
- To create in Indonesia a nucleus of people with expertise in Australian affairs, especially current and future opinion leaders.
- To create within Australia a wider range of people with knowledge about Indonesia, especially current and future opinion makers.
- To portray Australia as culturally diverse, educationally, scientifically and technologically advanced and economically enterprising.
- To increase understanding of and to improve access for Australians to the cultural diversity of Indonesian society.
Associate Professor Greg Fealy (Board Chair)
Associate Professor Fealy teaches at the College of Asia and Pacific at the Australian National University in the School of Culture, History and Language and the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies. He researches Indonesian politics, modern Islamic political history, democratisation, Islamism and jihadist ideology and strategy. Associate Professor Fealy also regularly advises governments, international organisations and businesses on Indonesia and Islam in Indonesia.
He has previously lectured in Indonesian politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and at Monash University. Associate Professor Fealy was formerly an Indonesia analyst with the Australian Government.
Mr Greg Sheridan
Mr Sheridan first joined The Australian in 1984 and worked in Beijing, Washington, and Canberra before becoming foreign editor in 1992. Writing on and from the Asian region since the 1980s, Mr Sheridan specialises in Asian politics and has written four books on the topic. He is a frequent foreign affairs commentator on radio and television and speaker at conferences around the region.
Ms Lydia Santoso
Ms Santoso is a senior associate at Nicholas George Lawyers and the former President of the NSW chapter of the Australia Indonesia Business Council. She is an Australian qualified lawyer and Public Notary. Ms Santoso has Indonesian-Australian heritage, is fluent in Indonesian and has worked in law firms in Sydney and Jakarta. She has extensive connections to the Indonesian business community in Sydney, including the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian property developers, Australian businesses with interests in Indonesia and many Indonesians living in Australia.
Professor Nicholas Anstey
Professor Anstey is a medical doctor and tropical disease researcher at Darwin's Menzies School of Health Research. He led a multi-centre malaria clinical trial in collaboration with counterparts in Indonesia, Malaysia and across the Asia-Pacific and Africa. This trial established for the first time that artesunate, derived from the herb wormwood, is more effective than quinine in saving lives of patients with severe malaria. Professor Anstey has held a number of grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and in 2009 was named one of the NHMRC's 'Ten of the Best'.
Ms Saraswati (Astrid) Vasile
Ms Vasile is a qualified Registered Building Practitioner Australia and currently the CEO of GV Constructions (WA), and is involved in a number of organisations promoting women leaders in business. She has had 25 years of experience in Indonesia, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia across a wide range of business areas.
Ms Vasile is the Regional Director Australia and Global Deputy Leader of the Indonesia Diaspora Business Council. In this role she encourages small and medium diasporas businesses to help and connect their businesses in Indonesia and globally.
Ms Vasile continues to dedicate her time to promoting and serving the interests of Australian and Indonesian communities.
Ms Noni Purnomo
Ms Purnomo is the President Director (CEO) of the Blue Bird Group focusing on corporate strategy, public relations, communications, business process improvements, quality control, marketing, and information technology.
Ms Purnomo is also President of Blue Bird Peduli, a philanthropic division of the Blue Bird Group which launched the 'Women Empowerment Project'. Voted as one of 2015's Power Business Women in Asia by Forbes Asia.
Ms Purnomo has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing.
Ms Elena Williams
Ms Williams is a higher education consultant with over ten years' experience living and working in Indonesia. Between 2013 – 2017 she served as the Resident Director for The Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), a not-for-profit organisation facilitating study programs for undergraduate students in Indonesia. In 2020 she commenced doctoral research at The Australian National University examining the long-term impact of DFAT's New Colombo Plan and other education initiatives on the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
Ms Williams holds a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from The Australian National University, and an Honours degree in Indonesian Studies from The University of Sydney. She regularly volunteers as an 'Asian Literacy Ambassador' with the Asia Education Foundation, a mentor with the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, and is an alumni of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program.
Ms Tracey Hayes
Ms Hayes is an experienced senior leader in business and industry management as Chief Executive Officer, Board Chair, Company Director and Board Member. She is a strong business professional with considerable Asian engagement experience, skilled in crisis management, public affairs, negotiation, corporate social responsibility and strategic development.
A long- term Territorian, former pastoralist Ms Hayes, was the first female Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association and was tasked with leading the billion- dollar NT pastoral industry. Ms Hayes had been a passionate industry advocate for many years, with a strong interest in agribusiness, agri-politics and championing women in leadership.
Ms Hayes is currently studying a Global Executive Master of Business through the University of Sydney, a member of the Order of Australia Honours Council, on the board of the Cooperative Research Centre for Northern Australia and Chair of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation. Ms Hayes is a small business owner, Justice of the Peace and proud mum to four sons.
Mr Henry Boston
Mr Boston is an experienced arts and community engagement administrator. His background has included theatre performance, stage lighting, technical and stage direction, multi-arts programming and arts to business advocacy. He has sat on numerous arts and advisory boards including the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals as well as chair of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. He has previously co-commissioned the stage adaptation of Tim Winton' Cloudstreet, the indigenous work Mimi and skadada's Electronic Big Top and has toured internationally and in the Asia Pacific region.
Mr Boston joined the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA as inaugural Executive Director in July 2013. The Chamber is unique in Australia and is an influential voice in cultural policy making, advocacy and cross-sector relations.
AII Secretariat, Canberra details
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
Telephone Number: (61) 2 6261 3821
Cultural Office, Jakarta details
The Cultural Office
Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Kav 1-4
Jakarta Selatan 12950
Telephone Number: (62-21) 2550-5265
Prior to the 2009-2010 financial year, it was a departmental requirement to produce a report on the activities by all Foundations, Councils and Institutes in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The reports for the Australia-Indonesia Institute are listed below.
Foundations, Councils and Institutes now report on their activities as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report.
For a full list of previously funded activities, refer to the Foundations, Councils and Institutes page.