National Film and Sound Archive

Discover the world of Australian film, television and recorded sound history and  culture!

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is the nation’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich and fascinating audiovisual history.

Our suite of new school programmes support the Australian Curriculum and offer an exciting educational experience from years 5–10. School groups will explore Australia’s social and cultural history through film and sound with our dynamic educators.

Identifying primary and secondary sources
Drawing on the NFSA collection, we utilise news, current affairs, newsreels, oral histories and broadcasts to understand first-hand reporting, recollection, memory, fact, opinion, conjecture and re-creation as they contribute towards us building our evolving Australian identity. Years 5–8.

Indigenous representation on screen
Our First Australians’ recognition by, and role in, society has been mirrored in the way they have been depicted as characters on the screen. We look at 10 iconic roles for Indigenous Australian on screen and talk about the progression of Australian social and cultural history. Years 8–10.

Sound out of the box
From wax cylinders to vinyl to tape to digital, we discuss and discover how sound technologies changed over the course of the 20th century and beyond. Years 5–8.

More information on these and other education programmes is available at

Get more out of your visit to the NFSA by exploring our suite of online learning resources. Here you will find links to australianscreen online with thousands of clips, information and teachers’ notes, as well as Digital Learning Resources. Also explore the Non-theatrical Lending Collection for screening loans and the Film Australia Collection for film purchases. All pages can be accessed by visiting

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