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

Security Update: Papua and Lombok: 18 March 2019

Over the weekend (16-17 March) two Indonesian provinces were hit by natural disasters. At least 73 people have died as a result of flash flooding and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua, while at least two people have died, and at least 40 people, including foreign nationals, have been trapped as a result of landslides triggered by two moderate earthquakes on the popular tourist island of Lombok.

There are no ACICIS programs running in either Papua or Lombok. Steps have, however, been taken today to confirm the whereabouts of all 41 students and accompanying dependents currently participating in ACICIS programs. All students have since been contacted and accounted for as safe. No students were in Papua or Lombok at the time of these incidents.

All ACICIS programs currently underway in Bandung, Bogor, Malang and Yogyakarta will continue as normal.

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 Update: International Reaction to Christchurch Attacks: 17 March 2019

At approximately 1:40pm local time on Friday 15 March, a terror attack targeting mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch took place. An Australian national has since been arrested and charged in relation to the attack, which killed at least 50 people.

In light of the attack and the arrest of the Australian national accused, the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued a Global Travel Bulletin urging all Australian citizens abroad to “be vigilant and exercise caution” in the coming days while international reaction to the attacks unfolds.

While these events have taken place several thousand kilometres away from ACICIS’ program locations, and there has been no overall increase in the level of travel advice for Indonesia, ACICIS considers all DFAT advice – including Global Travel Bulletins – very seriously. As a precaution, given the possibility of retaliatory action by radical groups in Indonesia, the ACICIS Resident Director has advised all current ACICIS participants in to keep a low profile and avoid bars, clubs, busy tourist spots, churches and other religious establishments over the weekend and through the course of next week.

Over the weekend, ACICIS has also spoken to, and remains in close communication with, Australian consular representatives from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and the Consulate-General in Surabaya. While there is no particular reason for alarm at present. ACICIS staff in Indonesia will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and will provide further updates should this be necessary. The Resident Director has also spoken to senior university administrators at each of the five universities across Java currently hosting ACICIS students to ensure that each institution is mindful of the safety and wellbeing of the Australian and international students on their respective campuses at this time of heightened feelings.

ACICIS students have been encouraged to contact ACICIS in-country staff if they feel disturbed by the events of the past few days or at all unsafe in their current situation or location in Indonesia. Students have also been advised that, should they encounter any threatening behaviour over the coming days and weeks – either on- or off-campus – that could be characterised as being retaliatory in nature or motivated by the attacks in New Zealand, they are to inform the ACICIS Resident Director immediately so that ACICIS can respond appropriately.

Staff at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth are available to field any questions that prospective students, family, friends or 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