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Arts Peer Assessors

Arts Queensland has adopted a new approach to funding assessment with an aim to grow First Nations representation on all assessment panels. This approach will support the Queensland Government’s delivery of Creative Together 2020-2030.

The independent peer assessment process is central to Arts Queensland’s equitable funding decisions, and Peer Assessors make a valuable contribution in supporting the Queensland arts and cultural sector.  Peer Assessors review applications and make recommendations for Arts Queensland funding and provide advice on programs and policy.

The new approach has been co-designed with the First Nations Arts and Cultures Panel to support meaningful engagement and 50% First Nations led representation on all Arts Queensland assessment panels. Importantly there is also 100% First Nations representation for First Nations-specific funds. This new model, which establishes a pool of Peer Assessors appointed for a term of up to two years and allocated to specific fund panels, will provide strategic oversight of funding programs across several rounds of applications in a program.

Following an Expression of Interest process in 2022 to recruit Peer Assessors, all applications were reviewed and considered by an independent selection panel. 

Peer Assessor roles and responsibilities are outlined in the handbook (PDF) (881.46 KB)

The list of current Peer Assessors is below:

Peer Assessors

Rod Ainsworth
Nathaniel Andrew
Raymond Blanco
Freja Carmichael
Elizabeth Cavanagh
Emily Coleman
Janelle Colquhoun
Katina Davidson
Temira Dewis
Corie Duff
Zenobia Frost
Angela Goddard
Trudy Gunston
Matthew Higgins
Mark Hooper
Allanah Hunt
Shari Irwin
Joanna Jordan
Dr Valerie Keenan
Greg Kitson
Stevi Knagge
Nigel Lavender
Kylie Lonergan
Kate Mathers
Marilyn Miller
Laurie Nona
Simone North
Katina Olsen
Peter Owens
Farron Port
Nicole Reilly 
Olivia Robinson
Colleen Sam
Melanie Saward
Melissa Stannard
Kevin Starkey
Dani Tevelewe
Freya Waterson
Belynda Waugh
Jack Wilkie-Jans
Anna Young
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