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Arts Tasmania's Peer Register

Each year, Arts Tasmania delivers funding to arts organisations, individual artists and small museums and collections across Tasmania. Peer assessment is fundamental to the decision-making process.

Who can join the register?

Anyone with relevant expertise can self-nominate to join the Arts Tasmania Peer Register. Once on the register, peers may be called upon to assist in the assessment of applications relevant to their artform and experience.

To be considered as a peer you must have professional experience in the arts in at least one of the following roles:

  • Professional artist – any person who creates or gives expression to works of art. While you may not regularly earn income from your practice, you must be recognised by your peers as a practising artist.    
  • Arts worker – a person who works in the arts sector and contributes to the processes of making and sharing art, but is not necessarily an artist.    
  • Industry expert – a person with specialist knowledge or skills who works in collaboration with or supports artists, arts workers or arts education.    

What do peers do?

Arts Tasmania uses peers to assess the first stage of applications to its Artist Investment Program and Organisations Investment Program. Peers review a selection of applications in their nominated artform areas by email and recommend which applications should progress to the second stage of assessment.  Peers  review brief project or program outlines against the criterion of quality but are not required to review budgets or business plans. As a guide, peers usually spend 10 to 20 minutes assessing each application.

Arts Tasmania also uses peers to assess applications for smaller funding rounds like Artsbridge and Residencies.

Peers may also be asked to participate in panel meetings for some of Arts Tasmania’s larger funding rounds.

How are peers chosen to assess?

Peers may be asked to undertake assessment of applications at any time during the period they are on the Peer Register.

Being on the Peer Register does not automatically mean that you will be selected to assess applications in any particular assessment round.

How long are peers on the register?

Peer details will be kept on the register for four years from the date nomination is received to ensure that the register remains responsive and relevant to the evolving needs of the sector. After four years peers will have the opportunity to re-nominate. Peers may be called on to undertake assessments  at  any time during this four-year period.

How do you register to become a peer?

Sign up to the Peer Register using the Peer Register nomination form.

If you require a document in an alternate format please contact us.

The Peer Register nomination form can be completed at any time.

You do not have to be a Tasmanian resident to be on the Peer Register. We encourage people with relevant experience based in other states to apply.

Who to contact

  • If you are having difficulty completing your nomination form please email info@arts.tas.gov.au
  • If you want to know more about assessing for a particular artform or Arts Tasmania's programs, please contact the relevant program officer.    
  • If you have a question about the peer assessment process, please email info@arts.tas.gov.au

Additional information

About Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board

Arts Tasmania is part of the Department of State Growth and is responsible for policy, planning, strategic development and funding of the arts and movable cultural heritage in Tasmania. It also undertakes industry development to  increase  the capacity of the arts sector. Arts Tasmania is in the portfolio of the Minister for the Arts and strives to offer an arts investment program that is responsive to the contemporary needs of Tasmania's arts sector.

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (TAAB) was established under the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board Act 1975 to provide policy and funding advice to the State government. The board comprises members from various sectors of the arts and the wider community, appointed by the Minister  for  the Arts. They provide advice to the Minister through the recommendations for the expenditure of the annual grants and loans allocations. Arts Tasmania provides a secretariat role to the TAAB.

Peer identification

The names of panel and board members are publicly available from the time they are appointed by the Minister for the Arts. The identity of peers participating in each assessment will not be released to applicants during the assessment period and will not be made publicly available until after the announcement of decisions for any given round.

Responsibilities of Peer Assessors

Peers must:

  • not have any Arts Tasmania grants or loans that are overdue for acquittal;    
  • comply with Arts Tasmania's policies (conflict of interest, confidentiality, etc.) at all times;    
  • provide expert advice to the assessment panel and TAAB;    
  • read the description of the program and the assessment criteria, as well as all applications and related documentation and essential support material received during an assessment;    
  • assess all applications only on the published assessment criteria and description of the program, and in accordance with any TAAB policies and directions;    
  • participate in a peer induction session before their first assessment round.    

If you are selected to participate in assessment, you will be required to abide by the code of conduct, conflict of interest, confidentiality and other relevant policies of the TAAB and Arts Tasmania.

Process of Peer Assessment

If you are selected to assess, you will be provided with all the information you need. In general, each assessment will follow a similar process to the one outlined here:

  • individuals will be selected to act as artform-specific peer assessors for specific rounds    
  • a minimum of four peers will assess each application    
  • peers who have not undertaken an assessment before will undergo an induction    
  • peers will be sent application materials via email, or will access them via a secure website    
  • peers review the material and individually score each application    
  • once the peers have all assessed the application if there are any issues or discrepancies Arts Tasmania staff will arrange for peers to discuss the applications by email, teleconference or video conference    
  • peers recommend to the TAAB those applications that they believe should proceed to the second stage of assessment.    

Remuneration and Entitlements for Peers

Fees and Allowances

Peers selected to assess applications in any given investment round will be paid a minimum engagement fee of $50. The fee will cover assessment and post-assessment discussions. No payment will be made for attending the induction session. Total remuneration will depend on the particular program and the  number  of applications assessed. Fees and allowances will be reviewed during the second half of 2017.

Payment Method

Fees are paid by electronic funds transfer. Peers will receive a remittance notice advising them of this payment.

Peer Register nomination form

Sign up to the peer register

Peer Register Nomination Form