Current Assessors

Creative development of Andrea James’ Sunshine Supergirl. Image courtesy of Performing Lines.

This page is for all current Australia Council peer pool members and industry advisors. Here, assessors will find useful information to prepare for their duties.

For any further questions, please contact the Assessment team directly.

Each assessment panel follows a similar process:

  • individuals are contracted to assess a specific investment or development opportunity
  • assessors receive an induction to the role
  • assessors are provided with online access to application materials
  • assessors review the material and individually score each application against the criteria
  • assessors usually participate in an assessment meeting in person or remotely (e.g. teleconference or video conference) and have the opportunity to discuss applications and review their recommendations in light of the panel’s discussion.

Assessors must access the Australia Council’s Application Management System to undertake their duties.

Assessor workload

Assessors may be asked to assess between 20 and 130 applications, and will have three to six weeks to complete the initial assessment at home. The volume of applications and time available to assess varies between assessment panels and grant categories.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, meetings are currently conducted remotely.

We will continue to review our assessment processes to ensure we meet current public health restrictions.

All assessors receive a fee and other allowances as appropriate for participating in assessment panel meetings. Any travel and accommodation is coordinated by Council staff.

Conflicts of interest are relationships you have with an application or the applicant. When it relates to an application, it could be due to a relationship with the project or someone listed in the application. When it relates to an applicant, it could be due to a relationship with the individual, group or organisation.

At any stage that this comes up you should let your Assessment Officer know, so that it can be managed accordingly.

Conflicts of interest can be actual or perceived, direct or indirect, major or minor. If it is considered major, you might be taken off the assessment round. More commonly, you simply do not score that application or take part in the discussion about that application.

The Australia Council relies on assessors to tell us about any relationships ahead of the assessment meeting. The more potential conflicts of interest we eliminate before the meeting, the better.

For further details about how the Council manages conflicts of interest, watch this animation.

The Board of the Australia Council approves experienced and representative artists to a Pool of Peers. These peers are the first people staff contact when forming an assessment panel.

Peers are appointed to the pool for three to four years. They can re-nominate to be a peer two years after their term has ended.

Over 900 artists and creative workers were nominated to join the current Pool of Peers (2021–2024).

We thank and acknowledge the retiring Pool of Peers (2017–2020) for their commitment to the arts. You can view the list of peers in the current pool (2021–2024) and their location by downloading a PDF document, or an accessible Word document.

The names of all peers participating in an assessment meeting are published on the Council’s website along with the list of successful applications.

Please contact the Assessment team if you have any questions about this information.

In this session you will learn what is a peer, and hear from three peers about their experience and what they gained.

  • Host: Pip Wittenoom, Director Project Investment.
  • Panellists: Kevin Ng and Ali Cobby Eckermann (current peers) and Dane Hunnerup (past peer and Artist Services Officer).

This webinar was held on Thursday 21 January 2021 at 12:30pm.

The session provides an overview of the peer’s role in the assessment process and how best to approach it.
  • Panellists: Nardi Simpson, Lucy Mendelssohn, Wenona Byrne and Patricia Adjei.

This webinar was held on Tuesday 24 August 2021 at 12:00pm.

The Council works closely with peers to ensure the assessment process is accessible for them. Staff can coordinate a range of services and support, including (but not limited to):

  • providing Auslan interpreters
  • having application material captioned, audio described or translated
  • accommodating childcare or other carer responsibilities
  • helping the peer to participate in the meeting remotely (e.g. teleconference, Skype).
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