AIYEP Frequently Asked Questions 


Want to know if the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange is right for you? Have a look at these frequently asked questions to find out more about your eligibility and more program details to help you decide to put in your application. 


Am I eligible for AIYEP 2020?


If you are 21-25 years of age, an Australian citizen, hold an interest in Indonesian culture or language, are eager to expand your knowledge, and wish to contribute to the strengthening of Australia’s relationship with its nearest neighbour, then AIYEP is the program for you. DFAT encourages applicants from all areas of Australian society to apply, including young professionals, tradespersons, university or TAFE students and graduates. This program is about representing Australia, as well as offering cultural and personal development experiences to Australian participants.


I am nearly 25, can I still apply?


AIYEP is open to people aged between 21 and 25 years as of 1 October 2020.

How much does the AIYEP program cost?


AIYEP awards outstanding young Australians with full scholarships to participate. In return participants are expected to represent their state and Australia to their best ability and engage fully in all aspects of the program.


How many spots are available?


Eighteen Australian participants will be selected for AIYEP 2020 and there will be equal representation of male and female applicants. 

What does the application timeline of AIYEP 2020 look like?


Stage 1 – Application


The first stage of the application process is entirely online. Applicants are required to fill out the application form found on the AIYEP website. Applications are now open and they close at 11:59pm AEST on 28 September 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.


Stage 2 – Interviews


If you are successful in progressing to the next stage of the process you will be notified by our team via email. The second stage of the AIYEP selection process will be through a round of interviews conducted via video link during October. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel of examiners from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australia-Indonesia Institute and Value Learning.


Stage 3 – Offer of placement


If you are successful at the interview stage we will contact you to offer you a place as a 2020 AIYEPer! You will be notified by email if you are not successful. There are only 18 positions on AIYEP from Australia, and we are focussed on building a diverse and functional team. If you aren’t selected this time, you may try again next year.


Stage 4 – You’re on your way!


The program will kick off on 16 November and will go all the way until 4 January.


For further information on the application process please email


How many hours a week do I need to dedicate to the program?


Participants will be expected to allocate approximately 20 hours a week to the program. This time will be distributed between self paced online activities, internship, social activities and facilitated sessions.

Does participating in AIYEP 2020 exclude me from going on the program next year when travel is allowed again?


Participating in AIYEP 2020 online will give participants priority to participate in the next physical iteration of the program.

Will I need Indonesian language skills?


While recommended, Indonesian language skills are not a prerequisite for selection to this program. However, we expect applicants to show a strong aptitude to learn and a commitment to understand the basics of the Indonesian language before the program starts.