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Skills Development Exchange

As part of the IA-CEPA, the Indonesia-Australia Skills Development Exchange Pilot Project gives businesses from Australia and Indonesia the opportunity to send employees to work for up to six months in the other country. The Program aims to provide an opportunity for exchangees to develop their own workplace skills while strengthening cooperation and understanding between our two nations. Through building strong people-to people links, the Project will equip participants with the cultural competency and global perspective necessary to make the most of the opportunities offered by an increasingly interconnected world.

Upon commencement on 5 July 2020, the Project will allow for up to 100 exchanges each way in the first year, rising up to 500 exchanges each way in the fifth year.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be:

  • employed on a full-time basis by the sending organisation
  • currently working in a relevant occupation by the sending organisation
  • have the appropriate educational qualifications or work experience
  • endorsed by both the Sending Organisation and Host Organisation
  • have adequate language proficiency
  • be over 18 at the time of applying for a visa

What work can be engaged in?

Exchanges can take place in the following three sectors:

  • Financial and insurance services
  • Mining, engineering and related technical services
  • Information media and telecoms services

Which organisations can participate?

To be eligible to host or send an exchangee, interested organisations must have an existing relationship to facilitate an exchange between:

  • branches of the same organisation
  • an organisation and an affiliate
  • an organisation and a partner organisation or
  • organisations that are members of KADIN, APINDO, IABC, ACCI, AI Group or AIBC.

What sort of training will an exchangee get?

Exchanges are for a maximum period of six months and will depend on both the exchangee's needs and development priorities as determined by the Host and Sending Organisations. Any placement must relate to a position of appropriate skill level, defined in ANZSCO Skill Level 1-3 for Australia and requiring a bachelor degree or diploma 1 and above with minimum 5 years' work experience for Indonesia.

While formal training is not the primary purpose of the exchange, the exchangee may obtain relevant qualifications or certification through participation in courses during the exchange and the Host Organisation should encourage certification where feasible. Training may include classroom based learning, technical training and 'on-the-job' skills development delivered at the workplace or by external providers.

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