For three decades David Liddiard has been committed to closing the education, health and employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Having achieved a successful professional career and as a proud Indigenous Australian, David recognised that for true Indigenous economic independence and prosperity equal to that of other Australians, there must be a successful Indigenous economy with vibrant and sustainable Indigenous businesses competing in the corporate sector.
David Liddiard has skilfully brought together business partners from across Australia and from diverse industry sectors to form the David Liddiard Group of Indigenous owned businesses, with shared values and commitment to creating positive futures through full economic participation.
Using David's knowledge, understanding and experiences the David Liddiard Group has also developed a pathway program for Indigenous people to transition to economic independence through employment and enterprise development.
As Founder and CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), he has been able to influence thousands of Indigenous students to complete their schooling and successfully follow a career pathway.
In 2009 David was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in Minority Supplier Diversity. David has been recognised for his tireless work and commitment to Indigenous Australia being awarded the Gold Harold Award in 2010 for services to Aboriginal Health and Education, the NSW Parliament’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2013 and an Order of Australia medal (OAM) for service to Indigenous youth, sporting and employment programs in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.
Board Positions and Recognition
NSW Industry Skills Board (2016 – present)
Board member of the RUOK Foundation (2016 – 2018)
Director (Founder), CEO and board member of NASCA (1995 – 2018)
Order of Australia Medal (2014)
NSW Parliament Outstanding Community Service Award (2012)
The Gold Harold Award: Services to Aboriginal health and education (2010)
Projects initiated and funded through pro-bono support, corporate volunteering and community funding
School Holiday Diversion Program for Aboriginal Youth
Working closely with community members and Sydney corporate partners, we created a program that kept school students engaged and active during school holidays, fully supported by the corporate partner who funded the programs with volunteer staff and fundraising. This sustainable model of mutual benefit is still going strong after five years.
Career Transition for Aboriginal Youth
Our focus was on inspiring Aboriginal youth in remote and regional NSW to see
beyond their immediate world and see, touch, experience careers and jobs they
never dreamed about. Weeklong Career Camps hosted and sponsored by
corporate partners have enabled five funded tours for over fifty Aboriginal youth
from Coonamble, Tamworth, Wilcannia, and Dubbo to Sydney to progress their
The Warrigal Program
Sixteen of the most disadvantaged Indigenous young adults
proved that they could make it in Hospitality. Mentored and
housed at NCIE, the twelve month program resulted in 85% of
participants completing their training despite starting low
literacy and thrived in real jobs with our corporate partners in
a range of Sydney locations.
Finding Your Place
In the Narenburn school that is a safe place for those who did not fit into mainstream educational contexts, sixteen young adults were assisted with placements into their ‘dream job’ with the generosity of our corporate partners and the close engagement of David’s team in matching the participants with industry areas.
Supporting Local Indigenous Economic Development
We have been working closely with several Local Aboriginal Land Councils to assist them with their desire to upskill a local workforce and secure contracts for local housing maintenance and similar asset management to increase local Indigenous economic independence and employment.
Diversionary Program for Indigenous Youth
Donations of sports gear and consumables have been gathered by David and his colleagues and wider network to provide much needed additional gear for the PCYC (Police) groups who conduct early morning boxing and fitness sessions for local Aboriginal youth before providing breakfast at the Breakfast Club and then a drop off to school. Three communities in regional NSW benefit from David’s engagement.