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Australia-Indonesia Sign Work-Study Exchange MOU

Indonesia-Australia Sign Agreement to Allow Reciprocal One Year Work-Study Programs.

(3/7/2009) The Indonesian and Australian governments have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will clear the way for young people, between the ages of 18-30 years-of-age, to take one-year working holidays in their near neighbor's country.

The MOU was signed on March 2, 2009, in Jakarta by Indonesia's Minister for Justice and Human Rights Minister, Andi Mattalatta, and Australia's Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans. The agreements provides for 100 Indonesian and Australia youth to work and holiday in each other's country every year for a period of up to one year.

Senator Evans welcomed the MOU as a means of strengthening relations between Australia and Indonesia. Evans told the press that the opportunity to work abroad provided for in the MOU will enhance mutual understanding of the history, culture and economy of all participants.

The occasion of the signing ceremony also allowed Australia and Indonesia restated their commitments to increased cooperation in battling people smuggling, terrorism and other forms of trans-national crime.