Conflict of interest

Managing conflicts of interest in the assessment process

The Australia Council’s approach to managing conflicts of interest in the assessment process is guided by our Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality Policy. Managing these conflicts is critical to the credibility and transparency of Council’s investment decisions.

Peer assessors, industry advisors and staff are required to acknowledge all connections they have with the applicants and applications they assess. Council staff review these connections on a case-by-case basis to determine what risk they present to the assessment process.

Actions that may be taken include:

  • the assessor being able to score applications they have a minor, potential or remote connection with
  • the assessor not scoring or discussing an application due to a higher risk conflict of interest
  • the assessor not participating in the assessment where a significant conflict of interest exists.

A record of the conflicts of interest identified and actions taken is maintained for each investment opportunity.