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Arts Peer Assessors

About Arts Peer Assessors

Arts Queensland is changing its approach to peer assessment to grow First Nations representation on all assessment panels, and support panels to have a more strategic role in the determination of funding outcomes. These changes will support the Queensland Government’s delivery of Creative Together 2020-2030.

Peer Assessors assess 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 will also be 100% First Nations representation for First Nations-specific funds.

This new model aims to secure a pool of approximately 60 Peer Assessors, appointed for a term of up to two years, allocated to a specific fixed panel. This will provide assessors with oversight of specific funding programs across a 12month to 2-year period which will enable the opportunity for assessors to have a strategic view across several rounds of applications in a program.

Peer Assessors nominations

Nominations are now closed for Arts Queensland Peer Assessors. Peer Assessor nominations were open from 30 June to 5pm on 12 August 2022.

All nominations will be considered by a Selection Panel and a group of approximately 60 nominees will be invited to serve as peer assessors on funding panels. Outcomes are due to be finalised in October, and Arts Queensland will contact nominees with the outcome.  


All nominations will be considered by a Selection Panel, of at least 50% First Nations representation. Selected peer assessors will be invited to serve on a funding panel for up to two years. A Chair will be appointed for each funding program panel.
Peer Assessors are paid to review applications and attend meetings.
Peer Assessors review grant applications individually online via Smartygrants and attend panel meetings to discuss applications and recommend funding. Meetings may be held up to 4 times a year.
Peer Assessors will be required to use Smartygrants, the online grant system used by Arts Queensland. This involves creating your own account in Smartygrants to enable you to read, assess and provide feedback on funding applications.
You will be provided with peer assessor induction by Arts Queensland, which will include information about funding programs, cultural protocols, Creative Together 2020-2030 and how to use the online assessment process using Smartygrants. You will be paid to attend the training.
All submissions will receive an email from Arts Queensland confirming receipt of nomination. Arts Queensland may contact you for additional information to support your nomination.
Your nomination will be considered by the Peer Assessor Selection Panel. Arts Queensland will advise of the outcome of your nomination/s within 60 days of the EOI closing date.
Successful nominees will receive an email with a link to Smartygrants to set up your peer assessor account.
You can call the Arts Queensland office, details are below; or you can read the Peer Assessor Handbook (coming soon). Our contact details are: Phone: (07) 3034 4016 Email:
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