Arts peer nominations

Arts peers are people who use their knowledge and experience in the arts to advise the Northern Territory (NT) Government about arts or arts issues.

They do this by sitting on arts grant assessment panels or arts community consultation groups.

The list of arts peers is called the Arts NT Register of Peers.

The Arts NT Register of Peers has been approved by the Minister for Arts and Culture and Heritage for a three year term. Find out who is on the current register of peers.

The register is reviewed annually and Arts NT will call for nominations once a year to ensure the register is refreshed and relevant.

Who can become a peer

You must be a resident of the NT and have either:

  • Australian citizenship
  • granted permanent resident status
  • granted a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa
  • New Zealand citizenship with a Special Category Visa.

Background experience

You must be a professional, practising artist or arts worker with a high level of expertise in at least one of the following art forms:

  • circus and physical theatre
  • comedy
  • community arts and cultural development
  • cross art form (multi arts)
  • dance
  • literature and writing
  • music
  • musical theatre and opera
  • other performing arts
  • public art
  • theatre
  • visual arts and crafts.

You can also apply if you have expertise in:

  • arts administration
  • arts education
  • arts law
  • arts production.

The following groups are encouraged to apply:

  • Aboriginal artists (all art forms) and arts workers
  • artists and arts workers based in remote communities
  • artists and arts workers with disability
  • artists and arts workers aged 18 to 25.

What else gets considered

All of the following are considered when choosing an arts peer:

  • representation from both regional and remote areas
  • representation from diverse areas of arts practice
  • representation of diverse community cultural development skills
  • level of involvement and existing networks within the community
  • peers with experience in Aboriginal arts, youth arts and accessible arts
  • representation from different language and cultural backgrounds
  • peers who:
    • are reasonably free of potential conflict(s) of interest and
    • can provide balanced, informed opinions.

How to apply

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the terms of reference DOCX (65.6 KB).

Step 2. Fill in the expression of interest (EOI) form DOCX (69.5 KB).

Step 3. Submit your form with your resume to by 5pm Sunday 1 August 2021.

By submitting, you agree to:

  • keep confidentiality
  • declare any conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest
  • participate on grants assessment panels and working groups over the next three years.

After you apply

Submitting your EOI does not guarantee appointment to the Arts NT Register of Peers.

However, it means you agree for your resume to be available to all NT Government departments for possible participation in boards and committees.

Code of conduct

As a peer you must maintain confidentiality and not discuss any official matters outside formal meetings.

To ensure peer advice is broad, balanced and fair, peers must always declare a conflict of interest that can happen if a peer's decision is swayed by a private interest.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Arts NT on 08 8999 8981 toll free on 1800 678 237 or email

Last updated: 02 July 2021

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