Statement from NIDA Chairman Noel Staunton

22 June 2020

To the NIDA community,

Be in no doubt that NIDA stands as an ally with First Nations, Black and People of Colour students and alumni. 

Liz Hughes has made it clear that she, the teaching cohort and the Board are committed to ensuring NIDA is truly inclusive for all. It is essential that NIDA is a place where every single individual feels safe to bring their whole self, to tell their stories and to be a courageous and creative voice for the nation.

As we are all aware, in recent weeks we have received feedback from current and past students regarding their experiences at NIDA. Some have voiced their frustration and hurt, and pointed to the need for change in our organisation. We wholeheartedly and sincerely apologise to those who have experienced distress at NIDA.

NIDA has been listening and seeking feedback, insights and recommendations from First Nations, Black and People of Colour students and alumni.

We are committed to substantive actions, including driving an environment that increases the diversity of NIDA’s student cohort and staff; shaping our course curriculum to ensure culturally diverse course materials; cultural competency education for staff and students; and ensuring there are First Nations and diverse voices in our artistic programming.

We all expect equality and justice in our school community.

Building a truly inclusive organisation is a collective opportunity and we look forward to everyone working together to ensure the environment we all aspire to.

Noel Staunton
Chairman NIDA Board