Australia-Indonesia Research and Advocacy Network (AIDRAN)

AIDRAN is a leading Australian and Indonesian organisation, working collaboratively to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

We are a collaborative network of Australian and Indonesian scholars, advocates and policymakers. We focus on providing opportunities for inclusive disability research, education and advocacy. Our objective is to influence development priorities that promote disability inclusion and rights within the Indonesian policy agenda.

AIDRAN provides our members with a platform to share information, research and publications. We develop inclusive academic curricula and policies with an interdisciplinary approach, using the latest research and best practices from Indonesia and Australia.

Disability rights and social inclusion are now a core area of public policy under the global development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). In Indonesia, considerations of disability rights, inclusion and participation are central to issues of poverty reduction and social development programs. Indonesian social policy approaches are seeking to respond to this new agenda of disability rights, inclusion and participation.

Australia possesses significant experience and resources in the field of disability research, services and advocacy. We hope that as a close neighbour and key development partner, Australia can offer its expertise and advice through AIDRAN to contribute to the lives of persons with disability in Indonesia.

For more information (including Indonesian language resources) visit AIDRAN

Dr Dina Afrianty
Research Fellow, La Trobe Law School,

Our work

Members of AIDRAN support disability research processes and outcomes that are dynamic and engage with emerging local issues and concerns. We aim to expand the breadth of existing research to provide opportunities for inclusion and participation in the design, implementation and outcomes of Indonesian social policy.

We learn from each other’s experience as researchers, practitioners and policymakers, exchange ideas to inform innovation and inclusion and, share outcomes across Indonesia and Australia in an environment that actively supports and promotes knowledge transfer between Australia and Indonesia.

Our members work is conducted in partnership with Indonesian Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), non-government organisations and Indonesian government agencies. Australian members work in collaborative partnership with Indonesian AIDRAN members, sharing capabilities, knowledge and skills to further the aims of disability rights, social inclusion and economic participation.



AIDRAN aims to actively support its members to make a real policy impact and enhance disability scholarship through its national and international publications.

Proceedings from the first AIDRAN biennial conference have been published by Atlantis Press

A special issue on Disability Inclusion in Islamic Education: The Case of Indonesia in Disability and the Global South Journal

Forthcoming edited volume on Diversity and Disability inclusion in Indonesia to be published in 2019


AIDRAN convenes a biennial conference for members and our collaborators working on disability and social inclusion in Indonesia and Australia. The aim of these conferences is to support the development of inclusive innovative research that can directly feed into the broader social policy agendas of disability rights, development and inclusion.

The conference provides a platform for the work of AIDRAN members and our collaborators, including advocates and policymakers to come together in dialogue and to create opportunities for disability rights, inclusion and participation through the sharing of research and practice.

AIDRAN’s first international conference, held in Jakarta in 2017, had over 150 papers presented from researchers, advocates and policymakers from across Asia and Australia. This conference was supported by Ministry of Religion through Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta and Program Peduli, an Australian aid program managed by The Asia Foundation.

Express your interest in convening the AIDRAN Biennial Conference in 2019


Blogs and media

Disability data and the development agenda in Indonesia

At the heart of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is poverty reduction and improved welfare for the world’s poorest people, measurable by social statistics. However, it is increasingly clear that progress in basic services aimed at malnutrition, education and income has bypassed persons with disabilities . As a result, world leaders have reaffirmed their commitment for the post-MDG era to leave no one behind , including people with disabilities.

Indonesia’s commitment to ensure that people with disabilities are included in the country’s development is longstanding. The government ratified the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2011. Prior to that, it enacted Law No. 4/1997 on Disabled People and set a one per cent disability quota for companies with more than 100 employees. In 2014, Indonesia passed a law to ensure more humane treatment of people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, outlawing the common practice of shackling . As of 2015, Indonesia has 17 laws that cite the rights of people with disabilities.

Indonesia has approached disability inclusion as a cross-sectoral issue and enacted laws through the country’s medium national development plan. This approach could be the catalyst for including people with disabilities into the national agenda and post-MDG objectives. However, a sizeable challenge remains: ensuring accurate statistics and other data on disabilities. The lack of reliable data has serious implications for how Indonesia can tackle issues of disability in the post-MDG era.

Authors: Ekawati Liu and Lyla Brown

Full article published by Inside Indonesia

Improving education inclusion for disabled people in Indonesia

December 3 has become a day of action and celebration for furthering the rights of people with disabilities around the world. An Indonesia-Australia collaboration has looked into whether Indonesian schools, including Islamic institutions, open their doors to disabled people.

The Indonesian government has made efforts to promote accessible and inclusive education for people with disabilities. These students depend on government and community commitment to the equality and participation of people with disabilities.

Authors: Dr Dina Afrianty and Dr Karen Solda

Full article published in The Conversation

People with disability: locked out of learning?

Indonesian students with disability are challenged by inadequate support and lack of accessible teaching and learning facilities.

Indonesia has made good progress towards increasing enrolment in higher education but it still has a long way to go to improve equity – especially for people with disability. Stigma, physical barriers and a lack of supportive policies and academic services continue to keep most Indonesians with disability locked out of higher education. To have any hope of earning a degree they need support from families, the community and the government – and a huge amount of personal determination.

Author: Dr Dina Afrianty

Full article published by Indonesia at Melbourne

Committee Members


Dr Dina Afrianty

La Trobe Law School


Karen Soldatic, PhD (Distinction, ARC DECRA Fellow/Senior Research Fellow)

Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Indonesia Chair

Slamet Thohari MA

Center for Disability Studies and Services (CDSS)

Brawijaya University

Indonesia Program Coordinator

Cucu Saidah MPP

Disability advocate


Eka Liu

PhD Candidate Deakin University

Research assistants

Rahmatul Furqan

Yuhda Wahyu

Advisory Board

Professor Erin Wilson (Deakin University)

Professor Azyumardi Azra (State Islamic University)

Professor Didi Tarsidi (UPI Bandung) (TBA)

Professor Sulistyowati Irianto (University of Indonesia)

Dr Arina Hayati (ITS Surabaya)

Joni Yulianto, MA (SIGAB Yogyakarta)

Bahrul Fuad MA (University of Indonesia)

Arshinta (YAKKUM, Indonesia)

Contact Us

If you are an Indonesian or Australian researcher, disability activist, national policymaker or are working in an institution or organization in our two countries you are welcome to contact us and become a member.