Activities

Australia Indonesia Awards

The Australia Indonesia Awards were initiated by AIA NSW in 2014.
The aim of the awards is to recognise and honour those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the greater understanding and friendship between Australians and Indonesians.

This award program is open to Australians and Indonesians. The awards are made in 3 categories which are varied each year. Finalists each year have come from all over Australia and Indonesia. They have ranged from people with a lifetime involvement, to those who are much younger but have been an inspiration to others.

Nominations for the Awards are made online. An independent Selection Panel reviews the nominations received and selects 3 finalists in each category, and also selects the winner in each category.
The finalists are announced once the selection process has been finalised, and the winners announced at the Awards Presentation.
Short videos are made of each of the finalists and their achievements, and these are shown at the Awards presentations held in Sydney.
Proceeds from the Award Presentations events are donated to designated charities.

In the first year the proceeds were donated to the Nusa Tenggara Association (NTA) providing self help projects in eastern Indonesia.
Since then, donations have been made to the Papuan Health Initiative for health projects in Papua and West Papua, and to the Qantas Helping Hands Community.

The Nusa Tenggara Association (NTA) has again been selected as the charity for 2021.

For details on the Awards program, including nominations and past award recipients,
go to australia-indonesia-awards.com by clicking the button below.

Go to AIA Awards website

Zoom Online Sessions

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we reached out to our members via Zoom online sessions, held on a fortnightly basis with guest speakers on a range of interesting topics.

The sessions are very social, not webinars. Topics and speakers during 2020, and upcoming sessions for 2021 are shown below.

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Upcoming Sessions

Past Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

21/8/21
Willi Toisuta
The Salatiga Language program
4/9/21
Adrian Vickers
Australia in the Indonesian Press, 1945–1964
18/9/21
Kelli Swazey
Indonesian tourism and religious/cultural identity
16/10/21
Sven Verbeek
Menteng, New Gondangdia, Cikini/Tjikini and Manggarai from the period 1920-1970
4/12/21
Margaret Kartomi
Performing and visual arts of Indonesia's province of Lampung
6/2/21
Ian Burnet
Duyfken

20/2/21
Robbie Gaspar
Sport, diplomacy & business

6/3/21
Chris Barnes
Surabaya

20/3/21
Campbell Bridge
Culture and Photography in Indonesia

3/4/21
David Reeve
"The diasporic imagination in recent Indonesian films and novels set overseas"

17/4/21
Miriam Tulevski
Travel and Tourism

1/5/21
Jeffrey Mellefont
Sea Stories from the Archipelago

5/6/21
Herald van der Linde
Jakarta Misunderstood

19/6/21
Kevin Evans
The evolution of Indonesia's democratic system

13/7/21
Marilyn Ardipraja
ANZA and C4 - for foreign women married to Indonesians

17/7/21
Scott Merrillees
FACES OF INDONESIA: 500 Postcards 1900-1945

24/7/21
Dr Pandu Riono
Update on the covid situation in Indonesia



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18/4/20
General Discussion
Pandemic and other topics

2/5/20
General Discussion
Pandemic and other topics

16/5/20
General Discussion
Pandemic and other topics

30/5/20
Miriam Tulevski
Travel/Tourism

13/6/20
Sam Hardjono
Red Cross Australia

27/6/20
Isla Winarto
Indonesian Heritage Society

11/7/20
Hamish McDonald
Anton & Me

25/7/20
Ian Burnet
Archipelago

8/8/20
Ross Taylor
Indonesia Institute

22/8/20
Toni Pollard
Ubud Writers Festivals

5/9/20
Deborah Cassrels
Gods & Demons

19/9/20
David Reeve
Indonesian Diaspora

3/10/20
Bill Sullivan
Mining in Indonesia

17/10/20
Keith Lethlean & Isla Winarto
Jakarta in the 1950s

31/10/20
No Speaker
Sharing Memorable Moments

14/11/20
Sven Verbeek Wolthuys
The demolition of protected cultural heritage in Jakarta: Menteng, from Rumah Cantik to McMansion

28/11/20
Ben Bland
Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia

Past Sessions


18/4/20
General Discussion
Pandemic and other topics

2/5/20
General Discussion
Pandemic and other topics

16/5/20
General Discussion
Pandemic and other topics

30/5/20
Miriam Tulevski
Travel/Tourism

13/6/20
Sam Hardjono
Red Cross Australia

27/6/20
Isla Winarto
Indonesian Heritage Society

11/7/20
Hamish McDonald
Anton & Me

25/7/20
Ian Burnet
Archipelago

8/8/20
Ross Taylor
Indonesia Institute

22/8/20
Toni Pollard
Ubud Writers Festivals

5/9/20
Deborah Cassrels
Gods & Demons

19/9/20
David Reeve
Indonesian Diaspora

3/10/20
Bill Sullivan
Mining in Indonesia

17/10/20
Keith Lethlean & Isla Winarto
Jakarta in the 1950s

31/10/20
No Speaker
Sharing Memorable Moments

14/11/20
Sven Verbeek Wolthuys
The demolition of protected cultural heritage in Jakarta: Menteng, from Rumah Cantik to McMansion

28/11/20
Ben Bland
Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia

Education

Over the years, the AIA has supported a number of education related activities.

The Australia Indonesia Association (AIA) believes Australia needs to develop more young people with a knowledge and interest in Indonesia and sees a knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia as key to this. The best place to start with this, is in schools.

The AIA has been actively promoting the study of Bahasa Indonesia since the 1960s.

Seymour Shaw Fund

Edward Seymour Shaw was President of the Australia Indonesia Association during the early 1960s.
He was a successful businessman and was active within Rotary and in the Sutherland Shire Council of which he was President for several years.

The Seymour Shaw Park in Miranda, home to the Sutherland Sharks Soccer Club, was named after him.
He had a passion for Indonesia, and on his death in 1968, he bequeathed a small fund to the AIA to promote Indonesian studies in NSW. This fund has become known as the “Seymour Shaw Fund”.

Kompetisi Siswa

This competition aimed at primary and lower secondary students was run by the Department of Education and involved students submitting artworks and compositions with an Indonesian theme. The AIA supported through provision of prizes and with assistance in judging.

Jogja Immersion Scholarship

The AIA funded upper secondary students to attend an annual 2-week immersion course in Yogyakarta run by Indoaustay every January.
Over a 5-year period the AIA facilitated 12 students to attend this course which involved a homestay with Indonesian families as well as classroom tuition and field exercises.

Lottie Maramis Awards

Lottie Maramis was the patron of the AIA for many years. For the past 6 years the AIA has awarded cash prizes to those NSW students who top the Higher School Certificate in the Beginners, Continuers and Extension courses.
This is done in conjunction with the Indonesian Consulate. Awards are generally presented at whole of school assemblies to maximise the impact on younger students.

The NSW School of Languages

The School of Languages, part of the NSW Education Department, provides correspondence courses for students who cannot study Bahasa Indonesia at the school which they attend daily.
In 2019 the AIA assisted the School of Languages with the fit-out of the Indonesian classroom at the new Petersham campus, by providing several items of furniture and traditional clothing.

For the year 2021 two new initiatives are proposed:

School Visits

In conjunction with the Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) we will be going into schools with an Indonesian program to encourage students to take up or continue Bahasa Indonesia studies through to HSC level.

Community Language Schools

We will also be communicating with Community Language Schools to determine how we can assist them in promoting the study of Bahasa Indonesia. These schools are located at: Hamilton, Leumeah, Marrickville, Punchbowl, Wiley Park and Wollongong.
If you would like further information or would like to assist in any way, please contact our Education Committee.