How applications are assessed

Applications to Australia Council Grant Programs are assessed by arts practice peer panels against the published assessment criteria for the relevant grant program.  We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application no later than 12 weeks after the published closing date for the applicable grant round.

The Australia Council does not redress errors in applications or supporting material. If they are eligible, applications and any supporting material are assessed as they have been submitted.

Assessments are made against the stated assessment criteria and applications are rated and ranked in relation to each other. Grant decisions are based primarily on information supplied in your application and support material. Peers may also consider information from other sources including:

  • their attendance at performances and other events
  • any previous Australia Council grant acquittal reports and performance agreements you may have completed
  • communication with state and territory arts agencies.

While your application may meet the stated assessment criteria, you are not guaranteed a grant. The Australia Council receives many more applications than it can support. The success of your application rests ultimately on the merits of your proposal against published criteria and in competition with all the other applications considered for funding. Even if successful, your application may not be funded to the amount you have requested.

Four Year Funding Decision Making Process

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