RDA Hunter was fortunate to work with Monash University and in collaboration with the University of Newcastle recently to host a delegation from Indonesia. The group of 30 government representatives was studying the financial inclusion of Indonesian Women using Australia as a case study. The delegation also visited Melbourne and Sydney as part of the Australia Awards in Indonesia program.

During the Hunter visit on 9th September, the delegation heard from University of Newcastle representatives about labour rights; financial institutions and inclusion; and the impacts of financial planning and superannuation for Australian women. RDA Hunter’s Director of Regional Development and Executive Officer Mr Trevor John presented on the organisation’s STEM Workforce initiatives – noting that its programs provide young women with the skills to make them employable in a range of high-value careers, ensuring their financial independence.  Newcastle Permanent Building Society’s CEO and Director also addressed the delegation about the importance of an organisation’s culture in inclusiveness.

The Australia Awards in Indonesia program is an Australian Government program that has been offering scholarships for more than 60 years. The objective of Australia Awards in Indonesia is to enhance Indonesia’s development through the contributions of internationally qualified professionals and a strong and positive relationship with Australia.

Since 1953, more than 9,000 Indonesian scholarship recipients have studied at Australian tertiary institutions through long term and short term study, with many going on to take leadership positions and make a significant difference to Indonesia’s development.

Australia Awards in Indonesia offers two types of scholarships: postgraduate courses (Long Term Awards) and intensive tailored short courses (Short Term Awards). The most able and promising candidates are given awards following a competitive selection process.

Successful graduates will become part of the Australia Awards Global and Indonesia alumni network, a vast and actively supported community of influential alumni.