Congratulations on being selected as a delegate for CAUSINDY 2015!

This September, you will join 29 of the brightest young minds over four days, together with experts from business, government and academia to develop recommendations on how to strengthen the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Delegates at the "Portrayals in the Media" panel at CAUSINDY 2014.
Delegates at the “Portrayals in the Media” panel at CAUSINDY 2014.

This year, the conference is based around the theme “Going Back to the Beginning: From Indigenous Trade to Modern Day”. The program will be split between three main types of activities:

  • Panels and interviews — a moderated discussion with 2-3 experts on specific topics. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss discuss key topics in the bilateral relationship including history, politics, the bilateral relationship and its future
  • Writing workshops — working with facilitators from UTS, you will brainstorm ideas on how the bilateral relationship can be improved. From these workshops, we’ll produce a CAUSINDY Review to be circulated to major media outlets and industry leaders.
  • Social and networking events — formal dinners and lunches, tours and networking events will give you chance to get to know the other delegates, and to meet sponsors, speakers, past delegates and members of the CAUSINDY team.
  • A student forum — for the first time, we’re also making delegates the experts: on the final day of the conference, we’ll ask you to share your experiences with students from Darwin, Kupang and Alice Springs in a public forum, Engaging Future Leaders.

The most important thing is to make the most of this opportunity to build friendships that can last beyond the ups and downs of politics and public opinion.

We look forward to meeting you later this month!

Karina Akib, Tim Graham and Tom Coulter
Directors, CAUSINDY 2015

Things to know

The conference venues

This year’s conference events will be hosted at a number of locations around Darwin, but we’ll be based at the Hilton Hotel, Darwin. When you arrive, the address for the hotel is:

32 Mitchell St
Darwin, Northern Territory 0800

Unless you’ve arranged otherwise, you’ll be sharing your room with another delegate of the same gender. More information on this, and any extra nights’ stay, will be shared by email.

The Hilton is located around 13km from the airport — a return shuttle bus ticket costs $30, or a taxi will cost about the same one way. In case you need to reach them, the hotel’s phone number is +61 8 8982 00000.

Other venues for CAUSINDY this year include:

  • The Museum and Art Gallery of NT
  • Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus
  • The Northern Territory Parliament
  • The Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia in Darwin

View a Google Map of all the conference locations.

Key contacts

While you’re in Darwin, feel free to contact us by phone, WhatsApp or email with any questions or concerns. The best points of contact are:

  • Natasha Burrows
    +61 424 105 760
  • Sekar Langit (Lala)
    +62 8562 696 121

In case of emergency, you can reach police, fire or ambulance by dialling 000 on any phone.

Conference schedule

A detailed schedule of the conference program is available here. You can also read up on the questions and topics for discussion for each panel here.

What happens on day one?

We’ll  meet at around 1.30pm in the Hilton lobby to catch a bus over to the Museum and Art Gallery of NT, where the first event on the program is an afternoon tea with other delegates and the team. Then it’s time for a tour of the Museum and Art Gallery of NT.

At 4pm, we’ll have our first panel session, Going back to the beginning: A history of Indigenous Australians and Indonesia. The panel runs for an hour, and will be streamed to AIYA chapters in Sydney, Melbourne and Jakarta. Afterwards, there will be a bus back to the Hilton afterwards. Dinner on the first night will be a casual meal for delegates only, location TBC.

Check out the full, updated schedule for the conference.

How will the workshops work?

The workshop sessions titled The Past Informs the Future: Building and strengthening Australian-Indonesian relationships through multimodal storytelling will use storytelling to explore and develop your ideas about how relationships between Australians and Indonesians can be deepened.

Delegates present at CAUSINDY 2013.
Delegates present at CAUSINDY 2013.

Stories or narratives have been shared over centuries in every culture around the globe as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and the dissemination of values, among many other factors. Five groups of delegates will be formed to produce a photo, written article, or other item based on the topics discussed.

You are asked to come to the Conference with an item that either reflects the beginning of your relationship to Australia or Indonesia, or one which might also reflect the state of your current relationship with both or either country. You may also like to think about your hopes for the future of the relationship. You will be asked to talk about why you have selected the item and what the relationship between the two countries means to you.

Think creatively about the item you bring – it could be a piece of clothing, a recipe, a poem, a song, a photo, a poster, a newspaper article, an object, a video clip or any other item that has meaning to you and this relationship. (Please ensure you own the copyright to all images/photos used in this workshop series, or ensure you can credit the author/owner of the work if it is not your own so we can publish it online.)

Social media at CAUSINDY

For the first time, we’ll be opening some CAUSINDY panel discussions and events to audiences outside of Darwin through live streaming, “satellite” events, and live audiences. With so many contributions from other cities and online, that means that social media will be a bigger part of the CAUSINDY experience than ever.

Make sure you bring along a phone, tablet or small laptop you can use to take notes, share photos and take part in the conference on social media — all the events at CAUSINDY will be shared with the hashtag #causindy, and we encourage you to join in!

CAUSINDY will be active with a live blog, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’ve also compiled a Twitter list of this  year’s delegates.

What else should I bring?

Dinner with the Consul and the CAUSINDY gala will be a business formal dress code.
Dinner with the Consul and the CAUSINDY gala will be a business formal dress code.
Panel sessions, interviews and workshops are business casual.
Panel sessions, interviews and workshops are business casual.

Darwin is hot and humid throughout the year, and temperatures generally range between 23 and 32 degrees during September, so keep this in mind with the clothes you bring. Make sure your CAUSINDY wardrobe includes:

  • Formal wear for the gala dinner and dinner with the Consul — this means a pressed shirt or batik for the men, and a formal suit, dress or batik for women.
  • Business casual for other conference events — a tie or jacket isn’t necessary, but no jeans or t-shirts, please.
  • Casual clothes for non-conference events in the evening and the outback tour
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat for the outback tour

We’re working to make sure all the conference venues have free WiFi, but if you can’t go without, prepaid SIM cards will be easy to find near the hotel.

And of course, don’t forget things like cash for extra meals and spending, your passport, printed visa, travel insurance policy and emergency contact details.