Australian Embassy

Indonesia and Australia: Partners for the Digital Age

Media Release

1 February 2018

Indonesia and Australia will expand their cooperation in the digital sector through a range of initiatives announced at the Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum in Jakarta today.

The Forum, an initiative of President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, brought together more than 500 Indonesians and Australians working in start-ups, fintech, digital health and government services, cyber security and the creative industries.

Indonesian Communications and Information Technology Minister, Rudiantara, and Australian Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation, Michael Keenan, opened the event.

The digital sector is already a major contributor to the Indonesian and Australian economies.

Following the Forum, 25 Indonesian policy makers will study cyber security policy in Australia on an Australia Awards short course. Australia will also support Indonesia’s new National Cyber and Encryption Agency by providing two policy advisors.

Another Australia Awards short course will see 25 participants from Indonesian start-ups spend two weeks enhancing their international business skills and networks in Australia.

Fintech Australia and Fintech Indonesia also launched their cooperation arrangement, which will support talent exchange and technology links between their vibrant fintech ecosystems.

Two of our countries’ top educational institutions, the University of Technology Sydney and Bandung Institute of Technology, signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to help cities in our region encourage more start-ups, promote sustainable urban living, health and wellbeing, and engage citizens.

The Indonesian and Australian governments are negotiating a memorandum of understanding on the creative economy to facilitate greater cooperation in this growing sector. Australia looks forward to Indonesia’s hosting of the inaugural World Conference on Creative Economy in Bali in May 2018.

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