CAUSINDY 2015: Real Outcomes

CAUSINDY 2015 delegate, Paul Mead has secured a grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for a bilateral baseball tournament.  Paul is part of a team spearheading an exciting Australia-Indonesia sports initiative called Diamonds in the Rough – now funded by DFAT. This exciting new bilateral baseball competition will promote sports to young women from both countries. A particular focus of the event is to showcase how sport can empower women to address domestic violence. The competition is bring coordinated through Baseball Australia and the Aussie Hearts International Womens Baseball Program.  Overall, it is hoped that the initiative will help improve bi-lateral relationships between Australia and Indonesia, create sport development opportunities,advance gender equity (including developing women as leaders), promote trade and tourism opportunities, and contribute to social cohesion.

The CAUSINDY team is excited to support the Diamonds in the Rough initiative and will be providing strategic support. CAUSINDY is looking for support from its network (particularly those in Jakarta) who can help guiding the Australian delegation with some local knowledge, helping to promote the program and recruit a cohort of participants, introducing the delegation to the right people and helping to make a difference. If you are keen to be part of this, please email Paul at

CAUSINDY delegates meet Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen

DSC_4503CAUSINDY alumni had the opportunity to meet Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen at Sydney University last Thursday. The discussion, hosted in partnership with the Australia Indonesia Youth Association and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, focused on Mr Bowen’s experiences learning Bahasa Indonesia and his thoughts on the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Mr Bowen, who is in his second semester of Indonesian language study by distance at the University of New England, spoke of the importance of learning Indonesian in both education and professional capacities. He emphasised that his desire to learn Indonesian came after the release of the Asian Century White Paper in 2012, which encouraged Australian school students to learn an Asian language. Instead of simply telling students to study Indonesian, he felt it was better to put words to action and learn himself.

The discussion gave CAUSINDY alumni the opportunity to ask Mr Bowen his thoughts on the bilateral relationship, particularly with regard to economic cooperation in both the public and private sector. Mr Bowen recommended more institutionalised meetings between Australian and Indonesian policy makers and interactions based on respect rather than self-interest.

CAUSINDY thanks Mr Bowen for his time and enlightening comments and looks forward to his future engagement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

CAUSINDY a runner up at NSW International Student Awards

We are pleased to announce that CAUSINDY was a runner up in Community Group category the 2015 NSW International Student awards, held at the Sydney Opera House on the 13th of October.

The awards are an initiative of StudyNSW (NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet) to recognise outstanding contributions of education providers, businesses and community groups that support international students to connect with the community through programs and initiatives.

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Today we are showcasing the finalists in the #NSWISA15 Business / Community group category including Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY), Global Experience Australia for their Homestay for International Students program and NSW Police Force for their International Student Engagement Strategies program.Congrats to NSW Police for winning in this category!

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CAUSINDY’S nomination recognises the support and opportunities that the conference provides for young leaders in New South Wales, Australia and Indonesia — not only during the event, but through events and initiatives beyond the conference.

The CAUSINDY team congratulates the the winner of the Community Group category, the NSW Police Force, and fellow runner-up the Global Experience homestay program.

CAUSINDY partners with SPEAK! and the Jakarta Post

The Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth is pleased to welcome the Jakarta Post and Speak magazine on board as a partners in 2015.

As the largest and most established English-language newspaper in Indonesia, The Jakarta Post is considered the authority on the nation for its comprehensive news and analysis in English. For more than 30 years, our readers have come to trust our independent coverage and insightful views.

Its print circulation of 85,000 covers all the major cities of Indonesia; 90 percent of its readership are subscribers and most of them are longtime readers – affluent and highly influential in their respective fields.

CAUSINDY 2015 Live Blog

Big Durian send-off for this year’s 2015 CAUSINDY delegates

Photo: Rizki Pahlevi Bahfen

This year’s high-calibre- CAUSINDY delegates were congratulated for their selection into the well-regarded program now in its third year at an event held at the residence of the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, in Jakarta on Tuesday 14 September.

Through a competitive process, 30 CAUSINDY delegates, 15 from Australia and 15 from Indonesia, were selected and invited to attend the annual Conference of Australian and Indonesia Youth from 19-22 September 2015. Delegates were chosen from a range of sectors, including international development, government, business and education, with delegates selected due of their current day and future role in growing ties between Australia and Indonesia. The full list of this year’s delegates is here.

At the farewell event, Peter Varghese, Secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), described CAUSINDY delegates as the “texture” in a bilateral relationship that is often only defined by the strength or weakness of current government relations between the two very different by closely located neighbours.

Karina Akib, co-founder of CAUSINDY, explained that this year’s conference was deliberately being held in Darwin, as “this is where the relationship began” between Indonesian traders and indigenous Australians hundreds of years ago. Previous CAUSINDY conferences have been held in Canberra and Jakarta.

Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia. (Photo: Alyssia Sastrosatomo)
Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia. (Photo: Alyssia Sastrosatomo)

According to Karina, not only will delegates learn more about the ancient trade in sea slugs that initially saw relations thrive between Indonesia and Australia, they will also have the opportunity to discuss businesses opportunities, politics and to talk to local school children in Darwin about what the Australia – Indonesia relationship means to them. This year’s full program including the list of impressive speakers is here.

At Tuesday’s event, which was also attended by CAUSINDY alumni from 2013 and 2014, Luke Arnold, a 2014 delegate and Jakarta-based First Secretary from DFAT, described the challenge of finding it difficult to know how to connect to Indonesian youth through his work in the justice and democratic governance sectors in Indonesia. He praised CAUSINDY for the network he now has of Indonesian youth leaders.

Stay connected to the action in Darwin through this hashtag #causindy on Twitter or this account on Instagram.

Australia Indonesia Centre sponsors CAUSINDY 2015

CAUSINDY is delighted to announce that the Australia Indonesia Centre (AIC) has once again joined the conference as a Sponsor!

Under the leadership of Director Paul Ramadge, AIC brings together leading research institutions, business and government in both nations to build stronger relationships and cultural understandings, and to create lasting impact from collaborative research. In this way, AIC seeks to drive growth in the relationship by creating a multi-stakeholder network between Australia and Indonesia that generates research excellence and high-impact relationships for the mutual benefit of both nations. This ties in with CAUSINDY’s goal of creating a platform at a young professional level to help stimulate high impact relationships across business, government and education sectors. We are also delighted that Research Director of AIC, Dr Richard Price, will be joining the conference as a speaker.

We are therefore very pleased to have an organisation of AIC’s calibre as a Sponsor for CAUSINDY 2015, and we look forward to working closely with them in Darwin in the coming days.

Cardno supports CAUSINDY 2015

CAUSINDY is excited to announce that Cardno has renewed their support in conference coming on board as a minor sponsor of the 2015 conference.

Cardno is an ASX200 professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world.

Cardno’s Emerging Markets business works with a diverse range of international clients in the public and private sectors. Cardno has an impressive history of operation in Indonesia that spans three decades.

From its large corporate presence in Jakarta, Cardno manages three DFAT flagship national development programs in the law and justice, local governance and education sectors, in addition to a number of  infrastructure and water and sanitation engineering projects.

Given the breadth and depth of Cardno’s experience in Indonesia, we are very excited to have them on board again as a minor sponsor for CAUSINDY 2015.

CAUSINDY a finalist in NSW International Student Awards

isf-2014-logo-2We are proud to announce that CAUSINDY has been confirmed as a finalist for the 2015 NSW International Student of the Year Awards.

The annual awards are an initiative of StudyNSW (NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet) to recognise outstanding contributions of education providers, businesses and community groups that support international students to connect with the community through programs and initiatives. CAUSINDY is one of three finalists in the Community Group category.

“We are proud to be recognised for the work we are doing creating stronger bilateral ties between Australia and Indonesia,” said conference Managing Director, Karina Akib.

“We hope that access to the expanding network of CAUSINDY delegates will benefit international students’ experience of Australia, not just during their time in study, but well into their careers,” Akib said.  

Now in its third year, CAUSINDY continues to engage and support young professionals from New South Wales, Australia and Indonesia — our delegates (this year, in 2014 and in 2013) draw from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The conference brings 30 young leaders from Indonesia and Australia together for four days to discuss key issues in the relationship. An ongoing program of events throughout the year allows students and delegates to remain in touch.

CAUSINDY provides Indonesian delegates an enduring connection to Australia that can otherwise be lost after their study.  The 2014 conference was attended by a strong representation of Indonesian international students studying in NSW and other NSW-educated individuals, with extremely positive results. Of the 2014 delegates, 42% said they will “definitely” pursue ideas and recommendations springing from the conference, while 74% said they are certain to remain close with their conference peers.

To ensure this ongoing engagement, CAUSINDY’s unique initiatives have extended well beyond the annual conference, to ongoing events for young professionals, and the development of an extensive network of leaders who are committed to strengthening the bilateral relationship.

This nomination also recognises the hard work of CAUSINDY’s passionate team of volunteers in planning and executing a high quality annual conference, together with surrounding events and opportunities which continue to bring young leaders together.
CAUSINDY will be partaking in the official award ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, where the award winners will be announced.

Announcing this year’s University of Sydney delegate

The University of Sydney is thrilled to announce its delegate for CAUSINDY 2015 is Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan. Jarrah will be representing The University of Sydney at the Conference in his capacity as an alumnus of the University.

Jarrah (@infiniteteeth) is a Balinese-Australian who attended primary school in Bali and has lived in Sydney since. He has a Bachelor of Liberal Studies with majors in English and Sanskrit, as well as Honours and Masters degrees in physics. He has written commentary on Indonesian politics for New Matilda.

His research interests include the traditional historiography of Southeast Asia, as well as the 20th century history, modern literature and regional popular music of Indonesia.