Nominations & submissions

Rules for entry

Rules for entry for the Brolga Awards are set at the national level to ensure compliance with Australian Tourism Awards.  

Rules for 2017

Applicants are encouraged to enter the category that best reflects their core business.

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC), owner of the Australian Tourism Awards, is excited to announce that in 2017 a new online Awards program will be introduced, incorporating a complete online entry process for each State/Territory.

The notable change going forward is the move from a .pdf submission process to a web-based ‘form’ which businesses will complete online. For those entrants who have entered previously, this means you will no longer need to conform to formatting rules, page limits and page layouts. Instead of the previous 30 page limit, there will now be a maximum word limit and image upload limit.

1. Category changes
  • No category changes for 2017 at a national level. 
2. New category descriptors
  • Category 7 -  Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Islander Tourism 
  • This category recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism operations that demonstrate authenticity and cultivate a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and traditions.
3. Question changes
  • Category 3 – Major Festivals and Events – Q1(a)(b)(c)(d) and (e), 2(a)(b)(c) and (d)   and associated Tips. 
  • Category 4 –Festivals and Events – Q1(a)(b)(c)(d) and (e), 2(a)(b)(c) and (d) and associated Tips.
  • Category 7 - Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism – Q1(a)(b) and (c), Q2(a) and (c), Q3(a)(b) and (c), Q5(a) and (b) 
4. Rules for entry amendments
  • Formatting rules no longer apply.
  • The submission will be up to 12,500 words in length and will be entered via the Awards Online Program. However, category 25: Excellence in Food Tourism, will have a maximum 8,000 word limit and individual categories (26 -28) will have a 2500 word limit.
  • The submission will include up to 25 images with captions.
  • Images include the use of charts, graphs and pictures.
  • Captions are allowed for each image. Maximum of 6 words, not included in overall word count. 

If you are entering more than one category, a separate and complete nomination and submission must be submitted electronically for each category.

Entrants may only enter one submission in any one of the following group of categories:
  • Attractions – either category 1 or 2;
  • Festivals & Events – either category 3 or 4;
  • Specialised Tourism Services
  • Tour and/or Transport Operators – either category 11 or 12;
  • Accommodation – either category 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23.
Achievements or activities referred to within your entry must relate to the qualifying period 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017

Entrants must have traded for the entire qualifying period.

Exceptions apply to seasonal facilities and the following categories where the activity being put forward for consideration must have occurred within the qualifying period.

  • 3 – Major Festivals & Events
  • 4 – Festivals & Events
  • 14 – Destination Marketing
  • 24 – New Tourism Business
Unanswered questions will attract zero points. If you feel that you cannot answer a question please discuss this with the Tourism Awards Coordinator. If you still feel the question is not relevant please explain your reasons within your submission.

Entrants must be based or operate in the state or territory of their nomination.

An exception to this rule exists where there is a genuine community of interest allowing an entrant to choose to nominate in another state/territory’s Awards program. To qualify for this exception the entrant must be able to demonstrate proof of membership in a relevant association OR provide a letter from that state/territories tourism office confirming the entrant’s participation in marketing campaigns or activities.

Should a company have individual operational branches or properties in other states/territories they may enter the individual state/territory awards as long as the majority of the submission focuses on the activities undertaken in that state/territory.

An entrant, such as a chain or franchise that has multiple products, must enter each product individually if they want each business to be able to promote the achievement of winning a tourism award. Alternatively the business may enter but the logo may only be used by the corporate entity, not the individual products.

An entry cannot be moved into another category following the closing date for lodgement of submissions.

If at any time following submission of an entry the business being put forward goes into administration, voluntary receivership, liquidation or bankruptcy, the entrant is required to advise the Tourism Awards Coordinator and accepts that the submission will no longer be eligible for an award.

There is no direct entry into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards except Australian Tourism Legend. Only state or territory tourism award winners in categories 1 through 25 will automatically become a finalist in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Verification of Claims (previously called Site verification)

To verify claims made within a submission a judge will be allocated to each business category entrant (exceptions to categories see below).  The purpose is not to experience the product but to verify details within the submission. 

The verification of claims meeting will be prearranged at a mutually convenient time and the judges have a proforma from which they work.   In many cases the verification may take place as a phone interview or meeting – the verification does not need to necessarily take place at the business.

Judges will ask to see the following:

  • Customer Service Policies
  • OH&S policies and Risk Management Policies
  • Human Resources Policies
  • Sustainability Policies
  • Marketing Plans
  • Business Plans

The absence of these documents will be reflected in the comments recorded by the judge.

The verification of claims meeting is conducted for each business category entrant and is for verification purposes only.  No scores are awarded.  Comments are used by the submission judges as a reference to the submission and in the event of a tied category may form part of the rejudging process.   If a business is entering multiple categories, there will only be one meeting.

The following categories will not undergo a site verification:
Category 3 - Major Festivals & Events
Category 4 - Festivals & Events
Category 14 - Destination Marketing
Category 24 - New Tourism Business
Category 26 - George Dunne Award
Category 27 -Skal Tourism Employee Award

Comments do not form any basis of the judging of the Australian Tourism Awards.

To assist in preparing for a verification of claims meeting, entrants will be provided with hints and tips from the Tourism Awards Coordinator.

What do I submit electronically?
  • Nomination details
  • Entry details
  • A description of no more than 100 words of your company/product, which will be used by media, for announcements at the presentation ceremony, in promotional material and on website listings. As this will be edited and compiled by people who have not viewed your submission, please remember to include your company/product name and where you are located geographically.
  • Ten images – jpeg format only, illustrating the entrant's operation should accompany each submission in each category entered.  By supplying images you ensure maximum exposure at the presentation ceremony and in official advertising and publications. (Note: 500 dpi files in a JPEG format are required).
Note: The national awards event production prefers high-resolution images (1920x1080 in dimensions)

Nominating an individual

The NT has 2 categories that are open to individuals –

  • George Dunne Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
  • Skal Tourism Employee Award
Rules of entry for these categories:
  • The award will not be made to the same person twice. 
  • Nominations are acceptable from any party except the nominee. 
  • The candidate will not be notified that their name has been put forward for consideration.
  • The award will be presented at the discretion of the judges, based on the submissions received. 
  • This category is awarded at the Northern Territory - winners do not become finalists at the Australian Tourism Awards.
  • The national Outstanding Contribution by an Individual (or Tourism Legend) is a separate nomination process, focussing on an individuals’ national contribution.
  • This award will not necessarily be recognised annually.
  • The criteria and rules for entry for the 2017 Australian Tourism Awards program do not apply to this category.
  • It is expected that the nominee will be in attendance at the gala awards ceremony in Alice Springs in November (at own cost).
Our assurance

All information submitted is strictly confidential. All persons, for example Tourism Awards Coordinators and judges, who may come into contact with your submission, are each required to sign a confidentiality agreement and at no time will your submission be downloaded.


Please ensure your submission is lodged electronically to the website portal by Wednesday 7 September 2017 12 noon.

Please note; late entries will not be accepted.


By entering the Northern Territory Tourism Awards, you authorise the use and/or reproduction of images and the 100-word description provided in relation to any editorial/advertising purposes initiated in conjunction with the awards and the Australian Tourism Awards.

Your contact details may also be supplied to agencies engaged on behalf of award organisers/committees for promotional purposes.

Under no circumstances will judges be held responsible for any comment, viewpoint or expression, whether expressed or implied, concerning the standard or quality of an entrant’s submission. By ticking the terms and conditions box, you agree not to bring a claim against any Judge, or Tourism NT in relation to feedback on your submission.

Judges’ Decision

All submissions are independently scored by three members of the judging panel.  Results are correlated by an Independent Auditor and Chair of Judges and an agreement reached on the winner with the judging panel.  A minimum percentage/score must be achieved for a winner to be announced in a category.  A single entrant category does not guarantee the entrant as a winning entry. 

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For more information

Brolga Awards Coordinator

P: 61 8 8999 3808