The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia

Outstanding not-for-profit institute providing world-renowned leadership and management education, research, coaching and consultancy in organisation dynamics for the improvement of organisations, community and society.

World Leader

Actively involved in the local, national and global fields of systems psychodynamic education and work.


Delivering high-quality academic programs, research, scholarship,  executive coaching & organisational consultancy.


Clear organsational processes, financial stability, creativity, vitality and professionalism.

Education in Organisation Dynamics


Impacts Positively

The ability to positively impact on an organisation’s culture, structure and decision making.

Unconscious Phenomena

Working with conscious & unconscious phenomena in organisational life and its effect on the organisational functioning.


Supports individuals and groups to stay with, rather than defend against, organisational complexity.

Conscious Choices

Understanding the effects of the multiple levels of organisational dynamics allows people to make more conscious choices about how and where to work and contribute positively.

Increased Creativity

Affords the possibility of increased productivity, creativity and sustainability in organisations.

Thinking through Turbulance

Complexity in organisations can be thought about and worked with to enhance capacity to manage work-related anxiety and keep thinking in the face of turbulence.

NIODA’s History Timeline



Approval to offer a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). An important milestone for systems psychodynamic work in Australia.

Live interactive online classes enabled global student access.


NIODA’s first Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) Graduation Ceremony.



Approval of registration as an Institute of Higher Education and accreditation of Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics) course.  This is testament to the value of systems psychodynamic work and the begining of another exciting journey.

Dr Susan Long launched NIODA Research & Scholarship.


Establishment of NIODA Consulting, led by Dr Brigid Nossal.


The very successful three year professional development program ‘Leadership, Management and Organisation Dynamics’ began.


NIODA delivered a range of organisation dynamics workshops and seminars.

Hosted the Annual ISPSO Symposium in Melbourne.


Established NIODA to ensure continuity of systems psychodynamic education in Australia into the forseable future, including program development, research and discipline growth.

RMIT shifted the organisation dynamics programs to the School of Management which favoured a more generic Master of Management course.  The programs at the time were fully enrolled and their reputations high amongst students, alumni and their organisations.


Dr Wendy Harding became Director of the RMIT organisation dynamics master course.


Swinburne shifted focus to entrepreneurial business education and the programs moved to RMIT. The Creative Organisational Systems Group was founded at RMIT. This group included the organisation dynamics masters, led by Associate Professor John Newton, the Professional Doctorate program, led by Professor Susan Long, and the Innovation and Service Management program led by Associate Professor Mike Faris.

Links with the global community of systems psychodynamic educators and practitioners developed.  International program visitors, and strong representation in internal bodies culminating in Susan Long’s presidency of the International Society for the Psychoanalytical Study of Organisations (ISPSO).


Formal education in systems psychodynamics was founded in Australia at Swinburne University, Melbourne by Associate Professor John Newton. Over the next 20 years John, and from 1990, Professor Susan Long developed a suite of organisation dynamics postgraduate degrees ranging from a Graduate Certificate through to Professional Doctorate and PhD level.


NIODA is the centre of excellence in Australia and a global contributor in academic programs, research and consultancy in applied systems psychodynamics recognised and utilised to improve leadership and management capability and grow resilience in individuals, groups and organisations.


NIODA’s values shape and inform all that is done at the Institute.

They are of particular importance in informing planning and are reflected and lived in implementation.


We challenge ourselves to be open and transparent in all our relationships.


We aim to work towards collaborative relations and relationships in all our endeavours. We understand that this takes thought and effort.


We understand that all constructive work relations rely upon mutual respect. This includes respect for differences.


‘Dialogue involves working with others collaboratively on problems for which the best solutions are not yet known’.* This presumes a commitment to working things through to a point where differences (of ideas, opinions and beliefs) can not only be tolerated, but can usefully co-exist to produce new ways of thinking and doing.


We value reflection as a process of making space and time to consider, thoughtfully and with curiosity, the current realities of the organisation, its context and the people most affected by it. It is a sense-making process that can bring new insights and maintain our focus on the purpose of the organisation.


We value creativity and curiosity as a powerful resource in everything that we do.


We seek to be thorough, diligent and rigorous in our efforts both to fulfill the purpose of the organisation and in striving for academic excellence. This is reflected in the high standards that we set.

NIODA's Policies

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Organisation Links

NIODA has formal inter-organisational links with:

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Group Relations Australia

Group Relations Australia (GRA) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members seek to develop the field of group relations and systems psycho dynamics. GRA members apply its methods to working with groups, organisations and communities. Find out about GRA News and Events by following the link.

International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations

The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations (ISPSO) provides a forum for academics, clinicians, consultants and others interested in working in and with organisations utilising psychoanalytic concepts and insights.  Click here for more…

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Independent Higher Education Australia

NIODA is a member of Independent Higher Education Australia which is the peak body representing independent higher education providers in Australia.  Click here for more…

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Tavistock and Portman

NIODA and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (Tavistock and Portman) in the United Kingdom, have a collaborative reciprocal arrangement to support the research and scholarship development to foster an environment of research activity, inquiry and scholarship.  Click here for more…

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Australian Chiropractic College

NIODA benchmark with the Australian Chiropractic College to compare and contrast institutional practices and delivery of academic courses, research and scholarship to world best practice as a basis for development, improvement and innovation.  Click here for more…

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University of Chile

Peer to peer course benchmarking with systems psychodynamic focussed content in the Universidad de Chile’s Master in Personnel Management and Organizational Dynamics, and NIODA’s Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics). Comparative strengths and weaknesses are identified as a basis for developing improvements in the academic quality of both institutes. Click here for more…

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Roskilde University

Course benchmarking is undertaken between Roskilde University’s Master of Psychology of Organisations, and NIODA’s Master of Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics). Both programs offer focussed systems psychodynamics content. The purpose is to identify comparative strengths and weaknesses as a basis for developing improvements in the academic quality of both institutes. Click here for more…

NIODA's Constitution

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Accreditation & Qualification

Institute of Higher Education

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics is an accredited tertiary education provider under the Tertiary Education Act, with accreditation and registration conferred in 2016, by TEQSA.

The National Institute of Organisation Dynamics works conscientiously to ensure that all of its courses and graduation processes are in compliance with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), its Levels Criteria and Qualification Type Learning Outcomes Descriptors and its Qualifications Issuance Policy.

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Financial reports

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