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Digital economy: Unlocking scalable growth in Australia-Indonesia trade relations

Digital economy: Unlocking scalable growth in Australia-Indonesia trade relations

April 19, 2018 By Ghian Tjandaputra

  Australia and Indonesia are both part of the G20, representing the world’s largest economies, yet there aren’t too many examples where two neighbouring major economies trade as little as Australia and Indonesia. Indonesia is only Australia’s 13th largest two-way trade partner last year, which puts the archipelago behind Hong Kong (12th), Singapore (7th), and […]

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Can Australian business tap into the Asian digital economy?

Can Australian business tap into the Asian digital economy?

April 5, 2018 By Helen Brown

It might surprise Australians to know that one of their nearest Asian neighbours is moving into the ranks of a big world economy. Indonesia is predicted to become the world’s 4th most powerful economy by 2050. What kind of Indonesia this will produce is hard to predict, as the shape of Indonesia’s democracy is still […]

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A festival of short film: ReelOzInd! returns in 2018

A festival of short film: ReelOzInd! returns in 2018

March 28, 2018 By Dr Jemma Purdey

After the success of ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition and Festival in 2016 and 2017, we are very excited to announce its return again in 2018. Over the past two years ReelOzInd! has attracted hundreds of entries from both nations, with screenings for live audiences in dozens of cities in Australia and Indonesia. We’ve […]

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Eco-tourism in eastern Indonesia – an education and training opportunity for Australia?

Eco-tourism in eastern Indonesia – an education and training opportunity for Australia?

March 26, 2018 By Violet Rish

At Indonesia Australia Business Week in March 2017 a prominent Indonesian figure highlighted Australia’s ‘taste and style’ as its unique point of difference as a partner and investor in Indonesia. This is perhaps nowhere more poignant than in the tourism sector, given Australia’s culture of and expertise in developing sustainable eco-tourism in pristine natural environments […]

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Changing lives among the urban poor

Changing lives among the urban poor

March 22, 2018 By Rebekah Brown, Karin Leder, Diego Ramirez-Loving

This article was first published on Monash Lens. Read the original article   “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” The lament of the Ancient Mariner has clear parallels with the plight of the world’s urban poor, for whom a lack of sanitation and clean water is a matter of life and death. Polluted […]

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Indonesia’s electricity subsidy reforms led to improved efficiency

Indonesia’s electricity subsidy reforms led to improved efficiency

March 22, 2018

By Paul Burke, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University This article was originally published in The Conversation. Read the original article.   Indonesia has been home to some of the world’s largest subsidies for electricity use. Electricity prices have been set at low levels, with the government making transfers to Indonesia’s electricity utility, Perusahaan […]

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Australia in eastern Indonesia – universities making an impact

Australia in eastern Indonesia – universities making an impact

March 21, 2018 By Violet Rish

Australia has a long history of engagement in eastern Indonesia – a region closer to Darwin than Darwin is to Sydney. An important frontier for this cooperation today is academic partnerships, which I saw expanding during my time with the Australian Government in Makassar, and am continuing to support in my new role with the […]

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From Sydney to Semarang: Lessons learnt from schooling in Australia and Indonesia

From Sydney to Semarang: Lessons learnt from schooling in Australia and Indonesia

February 28, 2018 By Ella Nugraha

Andrew Rosser’s recent report, ‘Beyond access: Making Indonesia’s education system work’, prompted me to reflect on my own experience as a student in Indonesia, comparing it with my experience going to school in Australia. Few Indonesians have had the opportunity to experience education in Indonesia and abroad. Even fewer still have experienced education in Indonesia […]

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Is Indonesia’s education sector finally opening up to foreign universities?

Is Indonesia’s education sector finally opening up to foreign universities?

February 16, 2018 By Kevin Evans

Over recent weeks there has been a flurry of statements and announcements about “opening the Indonesian tertiary education sector to foreign universities”. I have seen this discourse ebb and flow over the past 25 years. The following summarises some of the most common arguments for and against this proposition. Proponents of the proposition argue in […]

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