Peer assessors

Join your peers in supporting Australia's great arts and artists. Register to be a Peer Assessor.

Click the below link to:

Nominate to become a peer
Update your online profile
Access applications if you are on a current assessment panel


The Australia Council delivers funding every year to organisations and artists across the country. Two important principles guide how the funding decisions are made: 

  • Decision-making is ‘arms-length’ from government, which means at an appropriate distance from the political process 
  • Peer assessment, which means funding applications are assessed by people with expertise or knowledge in arts practice and the arts sector who are best placed to make a determination of the merit of artistic proposals.

A peer has knowledge of the arts sector

A peer needs to have sufficient knowledge and experience of the arts sector to make a fair and informed assessment of applications for funding. They could gain this knowledge and experience as a practicing artist, working as an arts professional or by advising the arts sector.

Peers should have knowledge of at least one arts practice that the Australia Council supports. We also need peers who understand all parts of the artistic process - from making work and coordinating tours and exhibitions, to developing new markets and engaging with audiences and communities.

We are committed to forming diverse and balanced panels. We look for peers who are representantive of geography, cultural backgrounds, age, gender and ability.

More information:

Download the Peer Handbook for Assessment Panels (PDF 464 KB)

Download the Peer Handbook for Assessment Panels (Accessible file 240 KB)

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