Jakarta is a dynamic metropolis in constant progress, full of exciting juxtapositions on every corner. As the commercial and economic centre of Indonesia, it also boasts a burgeoning design, creative and startup scene.

As neighbouring countries, Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships. Rich in telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering and education sectors, there are many professional opportunities for Australians relocating to this sprawling city, and for Alumni who choose to return or move to Jakarta for the first time.

Meet some members living in Jakarta!

Karina Akib: “Indonesia is a digital powerhouse”

Mahadi Margiono: “Jakarta has always been a magnet for many working professionals looking for opportunities to grow their career, and this includes me"
Prita Haspari Ghozie: “Completing my Master’s Degree at an overseas university enriched my knowledge and broadened my life experiences”

Prashant Murthy: “There's a lot of opportunity in Indonesia, and it’s been a great professional and personal experience”

Nigel Hembrow: “Jakarta will become an even more relevant country economically within Asia, but particularly, for Australia being its nearest large market”
Catching up with
Jakarta-based Thomas
Brown: 2016 Advance Mentee



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Thinking about making the move to Jakarta? You'll find some useful information on visa requirements here.


Feeling hungry? Refuel at Cafe Batavia, a well-known cafe offering traditional Indonesian cuisine, with a great view of Fatahillah square.

Feeling thirsty? Watch the sunset from the 56th floor at Jakarta’s Skye Tower Restaurant.  

Top experiences and sites? Visit the 132-metre National Monument that stands proudly in the centre of Merdeka Square. Don’t forget to stop off at the assortment of food stalls that line the square!

The National Museum of Indonesia is an essential visit. A historical, archaeological and geographical museum housed in an 1862 building located in Central Jakarta.

Unique to this city? Nothing quite juxtaposes Jakarta’s traffic like car-free Sunday mornings. Wander down Jakarta’s two busiest streets, Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin from 6-11am. This eco-friendly government initiative brings street food stalls, pedestrians and cyclists to revel in their new found freedom.

Need help getting around? Look out for the Blue Bird Group, a reputable budget taxi company. 


  • Jakarta is the considered one of the largest cities in the world
  • The head is considered to be the “seat of the soul” and therefore special, touching anyone's head is to be avoided
  • As Jakarta suffers from extreme traffic congestion, during rush hour cars are not allowed to have less than three passengers
  • Jakarta is one of the most active Twitter cities. It is so popular in 2015 Twitter opened one of its offices there