Early childhood education and development community teachers participating in training under Local Solutions to Poverty program in Gorontalo, Sulawesi island, Indonesia.

Early learning helps break the cycle of poverty

    by Deviana Dewi, Senior Program Manager, Poverty and Social Development at the Australian Embassy, Indonesia November marks my first anniversary working at DFAT – an opportunity to reflect on the work that I have done here. As an Indonesian national working for the Australian Government on multilateral development programs with the World Bank, …

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DFAT Women lead in Southeast Asia

Launched in 2015, DFAT’s Women in Leadership Strategy tackles barriers to women’s career progression in the department, and seeks to enable all staff to reach their full potential. The Strategy applies to all staff, both Australian and locally engaged at one of our many overseas posts, and aims to ensure that all staff feel included, valued and inspired to do their best.

International Volunteer Day

Each year more than 1,000 Australians donate their time and skills to volunteer in developing countries through the Government’s flagship Australian Volunteers program, helping to make our region more stable, secure and prosperous. On this International Volunteer Day I thank all Australian Volunteers – past and present – for their selfless contribution to regional growth and prosperity.

New Colombo Plan scholarship to Indonesia opens career path

My time in Indonesia has been transformative, both personally and professionally. I encourage all Australian students to take advantage of the New Colombo Plan initiative. Whatever their field, a well-rounded overseas experience in the Asia-Pacific region will help them gain a competitive edge in their careers, and, perhaps most importantly, help our generation of Australians better understand the dynamic and fascinating region we live in.