You can apply to join our register of independent assessors of grant applications for our programs.

How it works

Independent assessors assess grant applications to Catalyst —Australian Arts and Cultural Fund and other programs such as Festivals Australia and Visions of Australia.

Independent assessors play an important role in ensuring that applications for funding are assessed equitably and accountably. By maintaining a broad register of independent assessors, the Department can match your specialist knowledge with the application. 

Once you are on the register, we could invite you to assess an application on the basis of your interests or specialist knowledge. We take into account your subject matter expertise, availability, artform expertise, geographic location, gender, cultural background, age and an understanding of regional, urban or international contexts. Being on the register does not guarantee you work as not all individuals will be asked to conduct assessments.

Who can be an independent assessor

You can apply to be an independent assessor if you are an arts and cultural sector professional, audience member or arts project participant based in Australia or overseas. Selection is based on your individual expertise and experience, rather than the type of organisation or artform you work with.

You can submit an expression of interest to be added to the register at any time. We consider all submissions and will tell you the result within 25 business days.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, young people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those living in regional and remote areas are encouraged to apply.

Support for independent assessors

As an independent assessor, you will be provided with:

  • the relevant guidelines
  • access to the SmartyGrants website to assess funding applications
  • the Independent Assessor Handbook
  • guides to assessment and the use of Smarty Grants
  • orientation and support from the Departmental staff.

You will need to agree to a code of conduct published in the Independent Assessor Handbook. You must identify all perceived or actual conflicts of interest arising from every assessment you do.

If you are asked to do an assessment, it is likely that you will do it online.

You will be paid for assessing applications.

Apply to be an assessor


Email: Assessors.Register [at]
Phone: 1800 590 577

Independent assessors handbook

Register of independent assessors

Register of independent assessors as at March 2016