Peer assessors

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.

Applications will open in the second half of 2019. To register your interest and be alerted when applications open, email

 To register your interest and be alerted when applications open, email Please contact us if you have questions about becoming a peer:

Phone: 02 9215 9000 / 1800 226 912
National Relay Service: 1800 555 677

More information:

Download the Peer Handbook for Assessment Panels (PDF) 

Download the Peer Handbook for Assessment Panels (Accessible)

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