Principles, Ethics and Rights

Equitable Application Processes

Summary of Good Practice Recommendations

Organisations have a responsibility to:

  • allocate staff, budget and resources for equitable application and selection processes

  • consult under-represented groups on the organisation's application and selection processes

  • advertise opportunities through diverse networks

  • provide program and application information in plain language statements accessible to screen readers, Auslan interpreted videos, and where possible, Easy English versions of information forms

  • provide options for flexible application formats, on request, including emailed applications, video submissions, and, where feasible, Auslan video submissions to be translated by the organisation

  • offer application support, such as information sessions, mentoring, workshops and flexible deadlines

  • ensure the selection panel includes people with diverse practices and lived experiences

  • engage decision-makers with lived experience to make decisions on related opportunities, e.g. First Nations decision-makers for a First Nations opportunity

  • pay decision-makers and consultants

  • provide training and support to decision-makers, including in equity, unconscious bias, conflicts of interests and microaggressions

  • discuss and acknowledge power imbalances on the selection panel; agree to hold each other to account

  • create a safe space in the panel room for honest discussion

  • make assessment criteria, definitions of merit and scoring processes transparent and available to applicants

  • provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants

  • solicit and respond to feedback from a diverse array of artists about barriers in existing application processes

  • monitor and evaluate the application process over time and track progress towards increased diversity of successful applicants

Artists have a responsibility to:

  • apply for opportunities in good faith

  • respect the privacy of members of selection panels