Strengthening regional interdisciplinary expertise on sustainable development and climate change

The Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program was launched to realise Griffith University’s commitment in engaging with Indonesia through a strategic and mutually beneficial way. The bilateral Program brings together expertise and coordinates opportunities across the two nations with the focus on sustainable development and climate change.

The Program will facilitate high level (track 1.5) bilateral dialogues, multidisciplinary research collaborations, higher degree research support and student mobility opportunities. The Program puts emphasis on contributing to sustainable development in Indonesia and enhanced knowledge and capacity in responding to the challenges of climate change.

“For Griffith, this initiative is emblematic of deeper traditions. Promoting an environmentally sustainable society sits at the core of who we are, alongside our enduring commitment to advancing Australia’s engagement with our neighbourhood. It is an exciting opportunity for us to work across disciplines, and we are pleased to collaborate with our Indonesian friends and colleagues to bring our commitments to life.”

Professor Ian O'Connor, Former Vice Chancellor, Griffith University 2018

Ms Erna Witoela - Keynote Address

Graduation ceremony  |  19 July  2019

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate, Ms Erna Witoela delivered a keynote speech at the graduation ceremony on 19 July in Brisbane. Erna is an advocate and campaigner for consumer and environmental justice, anti-corruption, good governance and equality In Indonesia and the United Nations Special Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals for the Asia-Pacific. Mrs Witoelar played a key role in the establishment of the Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program for Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

Australia-Indonesia Program Launch

Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program for Sustainable Development and Climate Change |  2 November 2018

Professor Caitlin Byrne, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Professor Jatna Supriatna, Institute for Sustainable Earth and Resources, University of Indonesia, and Professor Rachmat Witoelar, Special Envoy for Climate Change introduce the Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program for Sustainable Development and Climate Change launched in Brisbane on 11 June 2018 and in Jakarta on 2 November 2018.

Supported by the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University and the Institute for Sustainable Earth and Resources, University of Indonesia.


Over the next three years, this joint Program aims to further develop and enhance Griffith’s engagement and institutional relationships in Indonesia whilst contributing to positive Australia-Indonesia bilateral co-operation.

Through the development of partnerships and collaborations with Indonesian institutions, the Program further aims to provide solutions to the challenges of sustainable development and climate change.


Outcomes from the Program will include:

  • Strengthened regional interdisciplinary research expertise and networks on sustainable development and climate change;
  • An increased number of Griffith University students from a range of disciplines undertaking mobility opportunities in Indonesia in the foundational themes of sustainable development and climate change, and vice versa; and
  • Contribution to regional policy deliberations, with a particular focus on advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.


Lifting climate action through COVID-19 recovery

Virtual CAIPSDCC High-level Dialogue
24 August 2020

This policy brief addresses the key themes to emerge from the virtual High-level Dialogue—convened to address emerging concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on the challenges of climate change and sustainable development while focusing on securing pathways for cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.

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Australia-Indonesia Sustainable Futures

Check out the latest edition of the Australia-Indonesia Sustainable Futures bulletin.

Volume 3  |  2020

Volume 2  |  2019

News and events

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Knowledge sharing symposium:

The symposium is a one-day event, to be held on the 5th of June 2019, with eminent speakers from Asia Pacific Nations and Australia with a target audience from National and Subnational levels. The symposium will be one of a number of events across Climate Week Queensland.

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Indonesia Climate Change Dialogue

The second Australia-Indonesia climate change dialogue is proposed to take place in Jakarta Indonesia on Wednesday 21 August 2019.

Witoelar Dialogue responds to climate change

Griffith Asia Institute’s inaugural ‘Witoelar Dialogue’ themed Deepening Regional Cooperation on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, was held on Thursday 7 March 2019 at South Bank, Brisbane.

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COP 24 - Katowice

On 10 December 2018 Prof Brendan Mackey discussed climate change negotiations at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland with ABC PM on their segment titled - "Largest ever group of investors call for more action to meet Paris climate targets".

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MoU signing

Jakarta launch and MoU signing

The CAISDCC was launched in Jakarta on 2-3 November. This two-day event included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Collaborative Australia-Indonesia program between Griffith University and Universitas Indonesia, followed by academic discussions in the area of sustainable development and climate change.


Program launch

Griffith University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor officially launched the program alongside the Indonesian President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, The Honourable Rachmat Witoelar at Griffith University’s Nathan Campus on 11th June 2018.

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CAIPSDCC COVID-19 webinar series

Tackling challenges brought on by COVID-19, specifically Planetary and Human Health; Sustainable Landscape Management, Climate Diplomacy; Impact of Response Measures; Adaptation of Small Islands

Program partners

SDG Explorer

The Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise has developed an SDG Explorer showcases Griffith Business School academics whose research advances the Sustainable Development Goals. The Explorer serves as a platform for the university community and wider public to search for projects that relate to, contribute towards or advance research in the area of each Sustainable Development Goal.

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