Forming an assessment panel
The Council has established ten peer assessment panels: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Arts
and Disability, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and
Experimental Arts, Literature, Multi-artform, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. The
membership of these panels rotates, with peers selected from the Pool in
response to the grant categories being
We select peers who are both knowledgeable and representative by balancing the following factors:
– Artistic practice – artists and arts professionals with different artistic styles and philosophies, respected within their field.
– Professional specialisation – artists and arts professionals who perform a variety of different professional roles in the arts that are relevant to the category.
– Cultural diversity – artists and arts professionals representing the cultural mix of Australian society.
– Disability – artists and arts professionals with disability.
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts professionals.
– Regions and communities – artists and arts professionals from different geographical regions.
– Age – artists and arts professionals of different generations.
The diversity of peers on assessment panels is reported to our Nominations and Appointments Committee and the Australia Council Board. We work to recruit new peers in areas that are underrepresented.
The names of all peers participating in an assessment meeting are published on Council’s website along with the list of successful applications.
“Each of the peers bring something unique to the conversation and all are ready to listen and respond respectfully. It’s not accidental that you are selected to be a peer on the panel. You are there because you have been selected for your knowledge and experience so it is important to share this with the others.”
Mouna Zaylah, Multi-artform and Community Arts and Cultural Development Peer, NSW