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.