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Arts Tasmania's Peer Register

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Registering to be a peer

How do I submit my nomination?

Nominations can be submitted online using the Peer Register Nomination form. Nominations may be lodged at any time.

Am I eligible to nominate?

In order to be considered as a peer you must be able to confirm you 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 identified and 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 skills and experience are required?

We are looking for peers with skills and experience in the broad range of artforms and activities supported by Arts Tasmania's programs of investment. We are also interested in people who are representative of Tasmania's diverse population, including different cultural backgrounds, people with disability, and people from remote or regional areas. We would also welcome peers with relevant experience working in other parts of Australia.

Do I have to have a certain number of years of experience?

No. We are looking for peers with a diverse range of knowledge and experience, which includes early career artists and arts workers.

Do I have to be a Tasmanian resident?

No. Peers do not have to be resident in Tasmania to be on the Peer Register. Peers selected to participate in assessment are assessing applications 100 per cent on the quality of the artistic idea behind the project or program. Assessment is done via email and any follow up discussion required will be by telephone/video conference.

What kind of information do I need to provide to register as a peer?

Arts Tasmania asks people for their contact details, an outline of their experience and qualifications, and details of two relevant professional referees who can support their nomination. Arts Tasmania staff will use this information to match peers with the relevant knowledge and experience to the applications submitted to a grant round.

You will also be asked to let us know if you identify as:

  • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • A person from a non-English speaking background
  • A person with disability

Arts Tasmania offers opportunities for artists from all backgrounds through its programs of investment and aims to build a Peer Register that will match the diversity of its applicants. You can read about our Social Inclusion Principles here.

Can I still apply for Arts Tasmania's programs if I'm a peer?

Yes. Peers are eligible to apply for investment from Arts Tasmania. If a peer lodges an application or is directly involved in an application submitted by another applicant, then he or she will be excluded from the possible pool of peers able to assess that particular round, consistent with the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board's conflict of interest policy. For more information on conflict of interest, please go to information for peers.

The Peer Register

Who decides who is on the Peer Register?

Once you lodge a nomination form, you will be automatically added to the Peer Register.

Does being on the Peer Register guarantee I will be an assessor?

Inclusion on the Peer Register does not guarantee that you will be invited to participate in an assessment.

Does being on the Peer Register mean I have to be an assessor if I am invited?

No. Being on the Peer Register does not mean you have to accept every invitation to participate in an assessment if you do not have the capacity to do so.

How long will I be on the Peer Register?

Unless you contact Arts Tasmania to request that your details be removed, you will be listed as a peer for four years from the date your nomination is received. You will then have the opportunity to re-nominate.

Who decides which peers are selected to assess Expressions of Interest?

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board will select peers for each assessment round drawn from a shortlist compiled from the Peer Register by Arts Tasmania staff. The shortlist will be based on the number of applications in each artform, the availability of peers with relevant artform expertise, and will take into account the most appropriate mix of artform knowledge, career stage, regional representation, and gender balance. This includes consideration of balance between local knowledge and national peers if national peers are selected. Selection of peers will comply with the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board's conflict of interest policy. For more information, please go to information for peers.

What happens if I am selected to undertake an assessment?

If you are selected to undertake an assessment, you will receive an email to let you know and you will be invited to participate in a peer induction session if this is your first assessment round. Arts Tasmania program officers will be your liaison and provide all the advice and information you need. For more details, please go to information for peers.

Peer Assessment

Will I be asked to assess for more than one program of investment?

If you identify a broad range of sector knowledge and experience when completing your nomination, you may be invited to assess for more than one of Arts Tasmania's programs of investment. Arts Tasmania will match peer assessors against the diversity of its applicants in each round, noting that while artform expertise is the primary criterion for selection, factors such as availability, workload, conflict of interest, gender and regional balance will also impact the selection of peers for each assessment round.

Do I have to undertake every assessment I'm invited to?

No. Arts Tasmania anticipates that peers will often have other commitments that mean assessing at particular times of the year is not possible. If approached to participate in an assessment you should consider factors such as your capacity to do so and any potential conflicts of interest you may have, before accepting.

What is the workload like?

The workload varies depending on the program for which you are undertaking the assessment, and the number and complexity of grants under consideration. Assessing each application can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, and the size of a grant round may vary from ten to one hundred applications. You will only be invited to assess those in your artform area, so it could be a number between anywhere between two and twenty, for example.

You will be given a deadline by which you will need to complete your scoring. We aim to give you two weeks to review and score the applications.

Will I be paid?

Yes. Peers participating in assessment will be paid a fee based on the number of applications assessed. A minimum engagement fee will apply. For more information please go to information for peers.

Do I have to attend an assessment meeting?

No. The first stage of assessment will occur by email. Any follow up discussion that may be required will be by telephone/video conference.