NAISDA Audition Information


Who we are

We are Australia’s leading First Nations dance and performing arts training organisation. Our world-class expertise in cultural and creative training gives you the skills, qualifications and confidence to follow your passions, realise your dreams and equip you for a successful career in the arts.

We are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people between the ages of 16 and 26. Our campus is on Darkinjung Land at Kariong, on the New South Wales Central Coast. Connection with, and celebration of, our cultural identities is at the heart of everything we do.  At NAISDA, we refer to all our students as Developing Artists, because you are Australia’s creative and cultural future.

What you will study

We offer the following nationally recognised full-time courses:

  • 10277NAT Certificate III in Dance Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • 10628NAT Certificate IV in Dance Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • 10629NAT Diploma of Professional Dance Performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Each qualification is delivered over four terms from January until December.

Training at NAISDA includes practical dance technique, theory classes as well as cultural classes. Throughout the year, Developing Artists may participate in a variety of performances and workshops within the community and at corporate events. Each course also includes two performance seasons each year at professional theatres.

Your study will include a unique cultural residency experience each year. Developing Artists travel and live with either an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Island community for one week. This experience creates the essential close connection that grounds Developing Artists in cultural dance understanding and technique.

For further information about course content and requirements, click here.

More than a College

We are committed to your success and holistic development. During your studies, we offer the following learning support:

  • Onsite campus accommodation or a Homestay Program accommodation for under 18 Developing Artists
  • Physical and emotional wellbeing support
  • Injury/rehabilitation support
  • Language, literacy and numeracy support
  • External counselling available


The Application Process

Our audition application process normally opens each year from April onwards with a typical application timescale according to the dates below. However due to the current environment regarding Coronavirus, NAISDA is reassessing this year’s application and audition process and deadlines.  New information regarding this will be made available soon.

Open all year Complete our online Expression of Interest form and register your interest to study at NAISDA
TBC Complete a NAISDA application form. These forms are available online or can be obtained via email by calling (02) 4340 3121. If you have completed an Expression of Interest, we will automatically send an Audition Pack to you by email
TBC Submit all ABSTUDY documentation to Centrelink to process
TBC Deadline for application submissions for 2021 cohort
TBC We will contact you regarding your application outcome. If you are successful, we will invite you to participate in an onsite audition over a period of 4 days at NAISDA
TBC If you are invited to audition, you will need to contact ABSTUDY who can fund your travel and living expenses during the audition at NAISDA.  For further direction with this process, please refer to the info below, call (02) 4340 3121 or email
TBC The audition at NAISDA is a 4-day process. Accommodation and meals are provided through ABSTUDY
December Auditionees are informed if they have been successful in gaining a place to study at NAISDA for the following academic year

Application Essentials

You will need to provide certain documentation with your NAISDA application in order for us to determine if we will invite you to audition. This information may take some time to gather so it is a good idea to start the process early and prepare your information. We require the following:

  • A completed NAISDA Application Pack with signed consent from your parent or guardian (if under 18)
  • Proof of Aboriginality
  • Signed medical assessment from your family doctor
  • Academic reports of your most recent year at school
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • A recent photograph of yourself
  • A Tax File number

What is ABSTUDY?

If you are accepted to audition in December, you can apply to Centrelink for ABSTUDY to fund your audition travel and living costs. The required ABSTUDY form can be downloaded here. ABSTUDY is independent to NAISDA and you will need to apply directly.

If you are offered a place at NAISDA and meet ABSTUDY eligibility, the program can also cover or assist with your study fees, travel during your studies at NAISDA as well as accommodation and living expenses.

What’s next?

If you have any questions or concerns about the audition process, please feel free to contact the Academic Administration Officer on (02) 4340 3121 or at