CAUSINDY 2018: Bringing together young leaders to strengthen Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship

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The 6th CAUSINDY (Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth) annual conference held on 5-8 Sep 2018 came to a successful conclusion in Makassar, Indonesia – a port city that perfectly reflects its theme ‘Connected by Sea’.

Aimed to create a stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, the four-day conference was attended by a delegation of 31 people from across Australia and Indonesia in various professions from business to social enterprise. 

The conference consisted of an introductory session on the first day, and four panel discussions during the second and third day, featuring prominent speakers and moderators from both countries.

Opening the conference, Bernadus Djonoputro, Deloitte's Country Head of the Infrastructure & Capital Projects in Indonesia, and President of Indonesian Association of Urban & Regional Planners shared his thoughts on the Australia-Indonesia relationship in the sectors of infrastructure and urban planning, and highlighted the IA-CEPA (Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) Pillar 2 which is ‘Connecting People’. He was proud to be with the young leaders of Indonesia and Australia, who have built bridges for the future of both nations, through bringing Sister City programs to the next level.

Subsequent panel discussions had focused on the topics including the effect of domestic political developments of Australia and Indonesia in the past year on foreign policy; free trade agreement between the two countries; environmental protection and climate change, and regional security of Asia-Pacific.

As part of CAUSINDY, an Engaging Future Leaders program was held to allow Indonesian students to engage in a one-day language exchange program with Australian and Indonesian delegates which aimed to strengthen their cross-cultural understanding.

Another key program of the conference was the CAUSINDY Review, in which delegates worked together under the mentorship of experts to explore issues in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and developed practical and creative solutions to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

The CAUSINDY conference gathered speakers, partners, delegates, mentors and community leaders at the Gala Dinner to mark the end of this year’s program.

For full recap of CAUSINDY 2018, please visit