The Australian Indonesian Association of South Australia (AIASA) was founded in 1967 by a group of Colombo Plan scholarship recipients who had made South Australia their home. The not-for-profit organisation was formed to promote better understanding, friendship and goodwill between the people of Australia and Indonesia, based on friendship and trust; contribute to peaceful relations between Australia and Indonesia; and to bring together and disseminate information to the various groups people in South Australia who have an interest in Indonesia.
To meet the needs of the community and deliver on its objectives, the AIASA puts on an array of activities and programs year after year. From the earliest days, the main programs of the AIASA included Independence Day Celebrations, Cultural Performances, Family Day Picnics, Social Bush Walks, Conversation Classes and Sporting Competitions. Other programs include the celebration of Hari Kartini, Fundraising Dinners and Seminars held together with other Indonesian Community Organisations in South Australia. Through working together in a “gotong royong” fashion with various Indonesian community groups, the AIASA’s most successful achievement to date is the staging of Indofest-Adelaide, a festival that has been celebrating all things Indonesian for more than eight years.
Another important aspect embedded in the AIASA’s aims and objectives is its financial aid program which supports members of the Indonesian community both in Adelaide and abroad. Currently its dedicated charities are Yayasan Sayap Ibu, a long-established orphanage situated in Yogyakarta, and Yayasan Senyum, an organization that facilitates the delivery of health care to people with craniofacial disabilities in Bali and other Indonesian islands. The association also makes donations to assist people affected by disasters such as tsunami, floods and earthquakes in Indonesia.
Through closely linking activities with the its aims, the Association has succeeded in connecting Indonesians who reside in South Australia, Australians who have interest or have travelled to Indonesia, and those of mixed‐marriage relations. Over time membership of the Association has increased due to a growing number of Indonesians calling South Australia home together with more Australians travelling to Indonesia and dedicated language and culture programs being taught in schools.
The AIASA is always open to new members and new ideas. If you would like to learn more about or become involved with the AIASA and the Indonesian community in South Australia more information can be found here.