Forming an Assessment Panel

The Council has established ten peer assessment panels: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Arts and Disability, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Literature, Multi-artform, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.

The membership of these panels rotates, with peers selected from the Pool in response to the grant categories being assessed.


We select peers who are both knowledgeable and representative by balancing the following factors:

  • Artistic practice – artists and arts professionals with different artistic styles and philosophies, respected within their field.
  • Professional specialisation – artists and arts professionals who perform a variety of different professional roles in the arts that are relevant to the category.
  • Cultural diversity – artists and arts professionals representing the cultural mix of Australian society.
  • Disability – artists and arts professionals with disability.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts professionals.
  • Regions and communities – artists and arts professionals from different geographical regions.
  • Gender.
  • Age – artists and arts professionals of different generations.


Panel Diversity

The diversity of peers on assessment panels is regularly reported to the Nominations and Appointments Committee of the Board of the Australia Council.

Between May 2014 and April 2017 there have been 647 artists, arts managers and advisors have peer assessed applications to our grant programs. Of these, 24% were based in regional and remote areas, 17% were First Nations people, 16% identified as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, and 5% identified with disability. Annual updates on the diversity of peers on our panel will be published here on our website.

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


“Each of the peers bring something unique to the conversation and all are ready to listen and respond respectfully.  It’s not accidental that you are selected to be a peer on the panel. You are there because you have been selected for your knowledge and experience so it is important to share this with the others.”

Mouna Zaylah, Multi-artform and Community Arts and Cultural Development Peer, NSW