Security Update: COVID-19 Pandemic: All Current ACICIS Programs Cancelled, Effective Immediately: 16 March 2020

The ACICIS National Reference Group has recently met and resolved that all current ACICIS programs are to be cancelled, effective immediately. The ACICIS Resident Director has this morning contacted the 36 participants currently in-country and advised them to leave Indonesia no later than Saturday, 21 March 2020.

The decision to cancel this semester’s programs has not been made lightly, and ACICIS are conscious of the significant stress and inconvenience likely caused by this abrupt interruption to participants’ studies. However, given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government’s increase in the overall level of travel advice for all destinations worldwide (including Indonesia), and the considerable uncertainty regarding Indonesia’s capacity to manage the public health challenge posed by COVID-19, the ACICIS National Reference Group has determined that now is the time for participants to leave Indonesia.

Indications are that the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia is likely to worsen over coming weeks. The situation is extremely fast-moving and unpredictable. The outbreak – and the likely response to it from Indonesia’s government and civil institutions – make it impossible to guarantee that ACICIS will be able to continue to provide administrative, academic, and pastoral care support to current participants beyond the end of this week.

We have emphasised to participants that all current programs have been cancelled, not suspended, and will not resume this semester. As such, participants have been advised to leave Indonesia on the assumption that they will not be returning for the foreseeable future.  Participants have been advised, however, that they will have the opportunity to return to Indonesia and complete their program during a future semester intake, with all program (administration and tuition) fees waived.

All participants and relevant member university staff will be contacted individually by ACICIS team members with further, tailored advice, in the near future. Moreover, ACICIS has compiled answers to what we anticipate will be the most frequently asked questions in this document.

Member university staff, family or other close associates of program participants may direct any immediate queries pertaining to this notification to Matthew Satchwell, ACICIS Student Administration Coordinator on +61 431 308 049 or email m.satchwell@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