Indonesian, the national language of the Republic of Indonesia, is closely related to Malaysian.
These two languages are spoken by more than 250 million people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand. Although most Indonesians also speak a regional language, Indonesian is the language of government, media and education: having Indonesian language skills can open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities.
South-east Asia has undergone enormous change over the past 30 years and as Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour Indonesia is a fascinating and affordable country in which to travel, study or work.
As close neighbours, Australia and Indonesia maintain a good working relationship with common interests and strong links across many areas including political, security, commercial, cultural, education and defence.
Around 400 Australian companies operate in Indonesia, including BHP Biliton, Telstra and Transfield. Australian education institutions, including leading universities, are also involved in many projects in Indonesia and have accredited courses delivered there.
The Australian Government promotes greater understanding between our two nations through support of the Australian-Indonesia Institute.