Welcome to the Indonesia Forum

The University of Melbourne pioneered Indonesian studies in the mid-1950s. Since the early 1990s, Indonesian studies has undergone an impressive growth in both student numbers and staffing and Indonesian studies are now available across a wide range of Departments, Faculties and Centres, including Architecture, Building and Planning, Commerce, Engineering, Law and Medicine, as well as more traditional locations such as Language, Anthropology, Politics and History.

Formed in 1991, the Indonesia Forum (IF), previously known as the Indonesia Interest Group, is an informal and open network of academics and administrative staff of the University who share a common interest and professional involvement in Indonesia. Members keep in touch by e-mail and hold meetings, seminars and discussions. For the past ten years the IF has hosted major functions which have brought together the wider Melbourne Indonesian and campus-based Indonesia-interested communities.

The Forum also plays a policy advisory role on Indonesia-related issues within the University and works closely with the Asia Institute and with Indonesian students and students studying in Indonesia-related areas. In 1999 the Forum arranged its first postgraduate roundtable for students studying in Indonesia-related fields.

The current Indonesia Forum Convenor is Dr Dave McRae and the co-Convenor is Dr Rachael Diprose.

Upcoming events

Friday 3 December 2021: The 30th Anniversary of the Indonesia Forum

Bringing together voices on Indonesia-related scholarship, education, and engagement, this event will involve a panel discussion on Australia’s capability within and outside academia to engage with and study Indonesia at a time when this capacity is under increasing pressure. The panel will consider why this capacity is important and what steps are needed to ensure a deepening of mutual understanding and strengthened relationships between Australia and Indonesia in a variety of fields.


Latest and past events of Indonesia Forum can be browsed by navigating from the News and Events menu at the top right corner of this page

Annual reports

Indonesia Forum’s Annual Reports from recent years can be downloaded by navigating from the Annual Reports and Theses menu at the top right corner of this page.

November 2021