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Become an Assessor

Complexity of Belonging, Chunky Move. Credit Jeff Busby.

We need assessors who understand all parts of the creative process – from people who make work and co-ordinate tours and exhibitions, to arts workers who develop new markets and engage with audiences and communities.

Please note:

The application form for the new Pool of Peers opens in March 2024. This is for a three-year term starting in January 2025.

Please contact the Assessment Team to ask about what is involved and how you can prepare to apply when applications open.

Email assessment@creative.gov.au

 

First Nations representation plus assessors who live in regional and remote areas are greatly needed on all our panels – so please pass on to anyone you think would be interested.

Send us an email at assessment@creative.gov.au to register your interest in becoming an Australia Council assessor today or call one of the Assessment team to have a yarn 1800 226 912.

What does it mean to be an assessor?

  • Commitment to First Nations arts and culture: we cherish and recognise the importance of First Nations arts and culture in all that we do.
  • You value the Arts: we need assessors who understand all parts of the creative process – from people who make work and co-ordinate tours and exhibitions, to arts workers who develop new markets and engage with audiences and communities.
  • Make connections: you will connect with people all over the country and broaden your networks.
  • Learn how grants are assessed: assessing grants makes you a stronger application writer and gives you an appreciation of the breadth of work happening across Australia.
  • Make a difference: everyone’s unique background and voice makes a difference. It ensures decisions reflect contemporary Australia.

 

“The only hurdle was this mental block about the accessibility of Aus Co – I had a built up idea of the org being elitist or unreachable. Actually being part of the process changed that idea a lot and that’s something I will be encouraging other people I think should be peers about, that their knowledge will be valuable to the process and that it’s not unreachable.”

George Foulkes-Taylor, Multi-arts peer, WA

Live information and Q&A session

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.

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