Peer assessment

Peer assessment is central to the decision making process of the Australia Council.  To assess applications, panels of peers are drawn from the arts sector. 

For more information about how peer assessment works click here.

From 2015, if you apply to an Australia Council grant program, you can choose which panel of peers you want to assess your application. As well as specific arts practice skills, the peers on the assessment panels will have other skills relevant to the assessment criteria of the grant programs being assessed. 

The panels available are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts*
  • Arts and Disability
  • Community Arts and Cultural Development
  • Dance
  • Emerging and Experimental Arts
  • Literature
  • Multi-art form
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

*Please note that applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, groups and organisations.

From time to time the Australia Council may establish additional arts practice panels.

Peers will assess your application against the published criteria for the grant program you have chosen. Peers may also consider information from other sources, including:

  • attending performances and other events
  • any previous Australia Council grant acquittal reports you have submitted
  • communication with state and territory arts agencies.

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

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