31 Mar 2014
The State Government has appointed 186 members of the Western Australian culture and arts sector to serve on peer assessment panels for the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) grants programs.
DCA acting director general Alan Ferris said the Department distributed more than $3 million a year in funding to the State’s creative sector through its grants programs.
“Peer assessment has been an integral part of the grants process since 1986,” Mr Ferris said.
“It allows all applications to be independently evaluated by people with industry experience, up-to-date knowledge and specific areas of expertise.”
Mr Ferris said the year-long selection process had been rigorous, beginning with a publicly advertised call for expressions of interest.
“Those who apply to become peer assessors undertake the work through a wish to support the industry and a passion for their particular areas,” he said.
“The experience also provides them with an excellent professional development opportunity.”
Peer assessors are recommended to Cabinet to be appointed for a four-year term and the new group will serve on grant panels until 2016. They are paid for their work on the grant panels.
“The number of people assessing each grants round varies between five and 13 panellists depending on the number of applications and the expertise required, so a pool of this size ensures the necessary expertise is available, and spreads the workload,” Mr Ferris said.
DCA’s grant programs include Arts Development, Contemporary Music, Designer Fashion, Indigenous Arts and Young People and the Arts and associated categories.
Information on DCA grants programs can be found here.