Security Advice: Jakarta, 2 January 2020

Following heavy monsoonal rains since 31 December, Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city and ACICIS program location, has been affected by significant flash flooding, killing at least nine people, displacing in excess of 19,000 residents, and cutting off essential utilities in a significant number of neighbourhoods.

There are currently eighty-six (86) ACICIS participants on Jakarta-based programs, all of whom have recently arrived in Indonesia in advance of orientation for our Business, Law and Journalism Professional Practicum programs, which got underway at 8:30am local time this morning (Thursday 2 January).

While flooding has necessitated some changes to travel routes to and from students’ orientation accommodation, all bar one participant (who has been held up due to a flight cancellation) have been able to make their way to the orientation venue in time for program commencement and have been accounted for as safe. Today’s orientation activities (held indoors and well above street level) have been able to proceed as planned. Depending on conditions, and ACICIS’ assessment, some outdoor, street-level activities scheduled for coming days (in particular, accommodation hunting) may need to be restricted to certain areas of Jakarta, or postponed altogether, until flood waters have subsided. ACICIS will continue to monitor the situation and make modifications to program activities should this be necessary.

During the Health and Security session of ACICIS’ Jakarta orientation briefing (delivered today), all participants will be advised on flood safety. ACICIS’ advice to participants includes assessing whether a particular area is flood prone before committing to accommodation, avoiding ground floor rooms, preparing some essential supplies (food, bottled water, phone credit vouchers) in case flooding strands participants in their accommodation, and, above all, not unnecessarily wading or driving through flood waters given the health and safety risks posed by doing so.

All current ACICIS participants are welcome to speak to ACICIS’ in-country staff should they be at all concerned by the current situation. Similarly, staff at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth are available to field any questions prospective students, family, friends and member university staff might have about student 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