NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.



NIDA is committed to fostering a positive and safe learning environment for all of our students. We are determined to build a diverse community of staff and students, where every individual can bring their whole selves and contribute their unique perspective.

NIDA is ensuring an inclusive learning space by:

  • Working to institute ongoing and empowered decision-making positions for First Nations People and People of Colour across NIDA’s governance structures.
  • Increasing representation of First Nations People and People of Colour within the staff and student cohorts.
  • Widening access and building provisions of financial support and counselling for First Nations People and People of Colour.
  • Consulting with communities, listening and learning.
  • Implementing regular cultural and anti-racist awareness training and education opportunities for staff and students.
  • Acknowledging significant cultural dates and making provisions for students and staff.
  • Ensuring NIDA’s course and curriculum, artistic programs and production seasons feature First Nations storytellers and stories.

You can read more on our commitment to diversity and inclusion in NIDA’s Board Principles here.