About the Australia-Indonesia Institute


The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) was established in 1989 for the purpose of providing a focus for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information, and a source of advice, in relation to the ways in which relations between Australia and Indonesia could be encouraged, strengthened and developed.

The functions of the Institute are:

  1. to make recommendations to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Trade for the broadening of the Australian experience of Indonesia in relation to:
    1. the encouragement of the study of the Indonesian language and culture in Australia and the English language and Australian culture in Indonesia;
    2. the enhancement of commercial linkages between Australia and Indonesia;
    3. the identification of possibilities for cooperation in science and technology;
    4. the facilitation of media exchanges;
    5. the sponsorship of cultural and sporting exchanges and training;
    6. the support of Australian studies in Indonesia and of Indonesian studies in Australia;
    7. the strengthening of institutional links between universities, museums, libraries, technical colleges, research institutes, professional organisations and appropriate non- government organisations;
    8. the facilitation of the translation of Australian and Indonesian texts;
    9. the organisation of visits and exchanges between prominent people and groups;
  2. subject to the direction of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Trade, to provide advice and information to individuals and organisations and to the Australian media in relation to any matters referred to in subparagraphs (a) (i) to (ix) inclusive;
  3. for the purposes of formulating recommendations referred to in paragraph (a) or providing advice and information referred to in paragraph (b), to consult individuals, organisations and government departments and agencies associated or concerned with the development of relations between Australia and Indonesia.

Mission Statement

To develop relations between Australia and Indonesia by promoting greater mutual understanding and by contributing to the enlargement over the longer term of the areas of contact and exchange between the people of Australia and Indonesia.


The goals of the Institute are:

  • To promote in each country increased exposure to the other through media, educational, cultural, sporting and professional activities.
  • To create in Indonesia a nucleus of people with expertise in Australian affairs, especially current and future opinion leaders.
  • To create within Australia a wider range of people with knowledge about Indonesia, especially current and future opinion makers.
  • To portray Australia as culturally diverse, educationally, scientifically and technologically advanced and economically enterprising.
  • To increase understanding of and to improve access for Australians to the cultural diversity of Indonesian society.

Interim Chair

Associate Professor Greg Fealy, ACT

Greg FealyAppointed: 27/11/2014 (as Interim Chair 14/5/2016)
Term Expires: 26/11/2017
Associate Professor Fealy teaches at the College of Asia and Pacific at the Australian National University in the School of Culture, History and Language and the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies. He researches Indonesian politics, modern Islamic political history, democratisation, Islamism and jihadist ideology and strategy. Associate Professor Fealy also regularly advises governments, international organisations and businesses on Indonesia and Islam in Indonesia.

He has previously lectured in Indonesian politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and at Monash University. Associate Professor Fealy was formerly an Indonesia analyst with the Australian Government.

He has been an AII Board member since 2014 and was appointed Interim Chair in May 2016.

Board Members

Mr Greg Sheridan

Greg SheridanAppointed: 20/08/2015
Term Expires: 19/08/2018
Mr Sheridan first joined The Australian in 1984 and worked in Beijing, Washington, and Canberra before becoming foreign editor in 1992. Writing on and from the Asian region since the 1980s, Mr Sheridan specialises in Asian politics and has written four books on the topic. He is a frequent foreign affairs commentator on radio and television and speaker at conferences around the region.

Mr Sheridan has been a member of the AII Board since 2006.

Ms Lydia Santoso

Lydia SantosoAppointed: 08/10/2015
Term Expires: 07/10/2018
Ms Santoso is a senior associate at Nicholas George Lawyers and the former President of the NSW chapter of the Australia Indonesia Business Council. She is an Australian qualified lawyer and Public Notary.

Ms Santoso has Indonesian-Australian heritage, is fluent in Indonesian and has worked in law firms in Sydney and Jakarta. She has extensive connections to the Indonesian business community in Sydney, including the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian property developers, Australian businesses with interests in Indonesia and many Indonesians living in Australia.

She has been a member of the AII Board since 2015.

Mr Andrew Ross

Andrew RossAppointed: 08/10/2015
Term Expires: 07/10/2018
Prior to his appointment as Artistic Director to the Darwin Festival in 2014, Mr Ross was Director of the Brisbane Powerhouse from 2003 to 2013. He has extensive experience building arts collaborations with Indonesia and South-East Asia.

He was appointed cultural adviser to the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and produced Indonesia’s creative exports showcase, the Indonesian Performing Arts Market (IPAM) in 2013. In the 1990s Mr Ross lived in Indonesia as an Australian-Indonesian Merdeka Fellow, enabling him to research the export potential of Indonesian contemporary performing arts.

He has been a member of the AII Board since 2015.

Professor Nicholas Anstey

Nicholas AnsteyAppointed: 27/11/2014
Term Expires: 26/11/2017
Professor Anstey is a medical doctor and tropical disease researcher at Darwin’s Menzies School of Health Research. He led a multi-centre malaria clinical trial in collaboration with counterparts in Indonesia, Malaysia and across the Asia-Pacific and Africa. This trial established for the first time that artesunate, derived from the herb wormwood, is more effective than quinine in saving lives of patients with severe malaria.

Professor Anstey has held a number of grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and in 2009 was named one of the NHMRC’s ‘Ten of the Best’.

He has been an AII Board member since 2014.

Dr Dewi Noverini (Novi) Djenar

Novi DjenarAppointed: 27/03/2015
Term Expires: 26/03/2018
Dr Djenar is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Languages and Culture at the University of Sydney.

She completed her undergraduate degree (cum laude) at Gajah Mada University (Yogyakarta), majoring in English literature. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in Melbourne, she worked as a secondary teacher of English in Auckland before moving back to Melbourne to teach at La Trobe University where she held the position of convener of Indonesian.

Dr Djenar gained her MA in Asian Studies from La Trobe and her PhD in linguistics from the University of Melbourne.

She has been an AII Board member since 2015.

Mr Gary Quinlan (ex officio)

Deputy Secretary
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

AII Secretariat, Canberra details


Australia-Indonesia Institute
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221

Telephone Number: (61-2) 6261 3821

Cultural Office, Jakarta details


The Cultural Office
Australian Embassy
Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Kav 1-4
Jakarta Selatan 12950

Telephone Number: (62-21) 2550-5265

Annual reports

Prior to the 2009-2010 financial year, it was a departmental requirement to produce a report on the activities by all Foundations, Councils and Institutions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The reports for the Australia-Indonesia Institute are listed below.

Federations, Councils and Institutions now report on their activities as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Report.

For a full list of previously funded activities please refer to the Foundations, Councils and Institutes page.


Order constituting the Australia-Indonesia Institute [DOCX 19 KB]

Last Updated: 17 August 2016