Research

Improving rail safety in Indonesia and Australia: The sweet spot for rail repair vs efficiency

Improving rail safety in Indonesia and Australia: The sweet spot for rail repair vs efficiency

November 24, 2017

Computer models to predict how railcars will respond to different track conditions are being developed by Indonesian and Australian researchers, to improve rail safety and efficiency in both countries. They’ve already created a successful model for passenger carriages, which has been validated against the performance of trains in Indonesia. Now the researchers are working on […]

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Sustainable water solutions for Indonesian and Australian cities: recommendations from Greater Jakarta

Sustainable water solutions for Indonesian and Australian cities: recommendations from Greater Jakarta

November 22, 2017

With increasing urbanisation and effects of climate change, managing water infrastructure – to minimise flooding, support healthy environments, and ensure sanitation and supply requirements are met – is a challenging task. The Greater Jakarta region (Jabodetabek) has an estimated population of more than 10 million people, and could substantially benefit from new technologies for managing its […]

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Eastern Indonesia and outback Australia share the same energy challenges: Makassar Consul General Richard Mathews on energy investment

Eastern Indonesia and outback Australia share the same energy challenges: Makassar Consul General Richard Mathews on energy investment

October 27, 2017

Upon election, Indonesian president Joko Widodo included infrastructure and renewable energy investment among his government’s top priorities. Indonesia aims to double renewable energy supply by 2025, to 23%. For projects up to 10 megawatts, the government has permitted up to 95% foreign ownership. This creates enormous opportunity for Australian business to invest in a rapidly […]

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Health Cluster announces funding for mental health, tobacco education, capacity-building projects

Health Cluster announces funding for mental health, tobacco education, capacity-building projects

October 25, 2017

The Australia-Indonesia Centre Health Cluster has granted funding for projects covering mental health classification, tobacco education initiatives, and capacity-building for medical professionals, students and parents, with a focus on adolescents. Following a call-out for Tactical Research Projects, Strategic Research Projects and Youth-Led Educational Initiatives in August and September, Cluster Leads have selected new collaborative projects […]

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Energy Cluster receives APEC grant for Remote Community pilot project

Energy Cluster receives APEC grant for Remote Community pilot project

October 24, 2017

The Australia-Indonesia Centre Energy Cluster has received Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation funding for a remote community energy systems planning pilot project in Indonesia. The project, titled ‘Integrated Energy System Planning for Equitable Access to Sustainable Energy for Remote Communities in the APEC Regions using North Sulawesi as a Pilot Project/Test Bed’, has received a US$149,000 grant. […]

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Stunted, obese and unhealthy: Can cocoa help rebuild impoverished communities?

Stunted, obese and unhealthy: Can cocoa help rebuild impoverished communities?

October 17, 2017

In West Sulawesi, 400,000 families depend on cocoa farming. But downturns in price and production are pushing families into poverty, with profound implications for public health. Fifty per cent of children stunted, 90 per cent of males smoking, and an increasing number of obese women. These were the results from a health and livelihood survey […]

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Growing food and stopping floods with rain gardens

Growing food and stopping floods with rain gardens

October 4, 2017

Small urban ‘rain gardens’ are popping up all around Australia and Indonesia to keep waterways free from pollutants, stop flooding and erosion, and to grow food. Although they may look similar to a normal garden, beneath the surface, rain gardens are a sandwich of layers of sand, gravel, roots and microbes through which polluted water passes […]

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Earthquake-proofing ports

Earthquake-proofing ports

September 27, 2017

Researchers from The University of Melbourne are learning how to modify existing Indonesian and Australian ports so earthquakes don’t do such devastating damage to sea trade. “What we currently have is a recipe for disaster. Some port infrastructure is over 100 years old and was not designed to cope with the loads they are currently […]

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