Indonesian Welfare Association Inc


1. BE CONNECTED GRANTS (Jan & Feb 2021)

Funded by Australian Government and organised by Good Things Foundation Australia

“Be Connected” is a federal government funded program committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in a digital world. IWA worked together with CASS Care and using Be Connected Network organised educational/training sessions to build our online skills In January & February 2021.


Funded by FECCA under Covid-19 Health Small Grants

Languages matter during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people from CALD background lack basic information about how to keep themselves and their community’s safe and well. They need information in a language and format they understand. It should also be presented in a way that is relevant to them, and available in a channel they can access and trust.

Therefore, IWA worked together with CASS Care has organised a series of 3 webinars aimed at raising awareness of the COVID-19 and Vaccination program in Indonesian language for the Indonesian community.

We invited some guest speakers, i.e. an Indonesian Psychologist and two Indonesian General Practitioners, to share their knowledge; to provide culturally relevant and accurate information on the Covid-19 & Vaccination program.

By providing accurate and useful information in our communities, together we can combat COVID-19 in Australia.

We invited some guest speakers, i.e. an Indonesian Psychologist and two General Practitioners – to share their knowledge; provide culturally relevant and accurate information on the Covid-19 & Vaccination program.

• WEBINAR 1: Friday, 10 September 2021 “Kecemasan & Pandemi Covid-19. Bagaimana Cara Mengatasinya?” Guest Speaker: Meitty Parman

• WEBINAR 2: Thursday, 16 September 2021 “Apa yang terjadi jika anda terinfeksi Covid19?” Guest Speaker: Dr Bing Brotohusodo

• WEBINAR 3: Thursday, 23 September 2021 “Pentingnya Vaksinasi Covid-19. Mengapa? Apakah Vaksinasi merupakan langkah terbaik untuk menghentikan pandemi?” Guest Speaker: Dr Mark Teng

3. GET ONLINE WEEK EVENT (21 Oct 2021)

Funded by Australian Government and organised by Good Things Foundation Australia

IWA worked together with CASS Care hosted a digital skills fun event during Get Online Week (18-24 October 2021). The topic was “Show Off Your Beautiful Photos using Your Smartphone”. It aimed at helping Indonesian seniors who have limited digital skills to get more out of life online, as well as to increase their enthusiasm and excitement in using digital technology. The event was presented via zoom meeting due to the COVID-19 limitation


Presented by Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing, leaving many of us struggling with stress, sadness and many other emotions and experiences. As part of October’s Mental Health Month, the Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) was organising a series of online webinars in multiple languages for members of CALD Communities.

For Indonesian language, TMHC has collaborated with IWA to organise a webinar focused on the following topics:

• What is the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing,

• How to recognise symptoms of mental distress in others and ourselves

• Provide information on where to seek help.

• The webinars will also provide tips and skills on how to manage stress and keep well during this challenging time.

For immediate mental health assistance call the Mental Health Line 1800 011 511

5. AUTUMN FUN & CELEBRATION DAY (30 April 2022) & SPRING FUN & BATIK DAY (8 October 2022)

Funded by Inner West Council

Inner West Council supported IWA in organizing two events, i.e. “Autumn Fun & Celebration Day” and “Spring Fun and Batik Day” in Ashfield Town Hall, which was held in April & October 2022.

The first event coincided with autumn and Kartini Day (which is a national day that recognizes R.A. Kartini as a national hero and a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women), which is celebrated on April 21st annually. While, the second event coincided with National Batik Day, which is celebrated every year on October 2nd. Through these events, we encouraged participants to wear autumn colours’ attire or traditional dress (e.g.: 'kebaya' Indonesian national dress to celebrate her achievements). As for the second event, we encouraged participants to wear ‘batik’ in appreciation and admiration of the art of coloring clothing via the Indonesian batik method.

There were entertainment such as Live Music, Line Dance Performances, Social Dance, Singing/Karaoke and delicious (cultural) food. The aim of the event was to enhance enjoyment, social connections and physical activities involving multicultural communities.

Check the event photos by pressing the button below


Funded by City of Ryde Council

The project aimed at promoting the importance of diversity and shares the culture of Indonesia and other diverse traditions/cultures with the general community. The projects have connected and share various aspects of different traditions through interaction, for example in cultural performances, music, information, art & crafts workshop and culinary food. The overall project has enriched and increased personal and community engagement

7. IWA together with CASS organise a seminar on "COVID-19 VACCINES EXPLAINED"
(Oct 2023)

The program is funded by Central & Eastern PHN.

Some of the topics covered are: Do I need an additional Covid-19 vaccine and a Flu shot? Which group should receive an additional Covid-19 vaccine dose? Who will benefit most from additional vaccines? How effective is the new vaccine and the side effects? For further information please contact the above numbers.