Peer assessment and arm’s length funding have been guiding principles of how the Australia Council allocates funding for more than 40 years.
Peer assessment ensures that grants are offered to artists and arts organisations whose proposals, in competition with those of other applicants and within budget constraints, demonstrate the highest degree of merit against the published assessment criteria.
A peer assessor is anyone who has sufficient knowledge or experience of the arts sector to make a fair and informed assessment of applications for funding. This knowledge and experience could be developed as a practising artist, arts worker or industry expert in one or more art forms.
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 representative of geography, cultural backgrounds, age, gender and ability.
For more information, please download the Peer Handbook for Assessment Panels (PDF).
Download an accessible version of the handbook.
Applications are now open
Council is currently recruiting for new peers.
Applications close 2 February 2021 at 3pm AEDT.
Read our frequently asked questions.
Live information and Q&A session
If you have questions or would like more information, please join us for a live information and Q&A session with our assessment team and some of our current peers.
Date: 21 January 2021
To find out more please contact us:
Phone: 02 9215 9000 / 1800 226 912
National Relay Service: 1800 555 677
Image caption: Theatre Assessment Meeting, November 2019 Front left round the table to front right: Tegan Richardson, Sam Routledge, Karen Rodgers, Elena Carapetis, Belinda Locke, Andy Donovan, Kyle Walmsley, Annette Madden, Gary Cooper, Katherine Quigley and Mel Habjan.