Security Update: Bali and Maluku Earthquakes: 16 July 2019

As widely reported in Australian and international media, Indonesia has recently experienced two significant seismic events. On Sunday 14 July, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck North Maluku province, killing at least two people. At approximately 8am local time this morning (Tuesday 16 July), a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Bali province, with some reports of building damage, but, at the time of writing, no reports of casualties.

In response to these events, the ACICIS Resident Director has coordinated a headcount to confirm the whereabouts of all ACICIS participants and accompanying dependents currently in Indonesia. All participants have been contacted and accounted for as safe. No ACICIS programs are currently taking place in Bali or North Maluku. ACICIS programs currently underway in Salatiga and Yogyakarta will continue unaffected.

Staff at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth are available to field any questions prospective students, family, friends and member university staff might have about participant safety and welfare at this time. Queries may be directed to the ACICIS Secretariat on 08 6488 6675 or at acicis@acicis.edu.au.

Liam Prince
ACICIS Consortium Director

Security Advice Clarification: Lion Air Services: 18 April 2019

ACICIS has recently received queries regarding whether the security advice issued on 29 October 2018, instructing all ACICIS participants to avoid using Lion Air for domestic or international travel until further notice, still stands.

This initial advice was issued in light of the fatal crash of Lion Air Flight JT610, killing all on board, and the Australian government’s subsequent prohibition on its officials or contactors flying on Lion Air or its subsidiary airlines until the findings of the crash investigation became clear.

At present, the Australian government’s advice instructing its officials or contactors not to fly on Lion Air or its subsidiary airlines that operate outside of Australia is still in place. Current and prospective ACICIS students are, therefore, still instructed not to fly on Lion Air or its subsidiary airlines (with the exception of services operating to and from Australia) until further notice. ACICIS does not utilise Lion Air services as part of any official program activities.

Students requiring further clarification on this advice are welcome to contact the ACICIS Resident Director. Likewise, staff at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth are available to field any questions prospective students, family, friends and member university staff might have.  Queries may be directed to the ACICIS Secretariat on 08 6488 6675 or at acicis@acicis.edu.au.

Liam Prince
ACICIS Consortium Director