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.
Nomination are made via the Quality Tourism Framework (QTF) online system.
This can be accessed at: https://online.qualitytourismaustralia.com/
A submission for an award category cannot be made unless a nomination has been made.
All entrants must adhere to the nomination rules and guidelines set out throughout these guidelines.
The nomination collects specific contact information, category selection and agreement to the Awards terms and conditions.
The Northern Territory does not charge a fee to enter.
Please refer to the Brolga Awards guide book for nomination rules.
In 2021 there are a number of changes to categories, rules of entry and questions. Entrants should refer to the Brolga Awards guide book for the changes.
An entrant must nominate for an award before they can commence preparing their submission.
Submissions are made via the same system the nominations are made, this can be accessed at: https://online.qualitytourismaustralia.com/
All submissions must include the following:
- Nomination details
- Demonstration of meeting minimum business standards demonstrated via accreditation with QTF Level 1, or as part of a question set within their submission.
- Category questions including supporting images.
- Word Count
- The submission will be maximum 8000 words in length
- Words within a table are included in the submission word count
- The submission can include up to 25 images with caption.
- Images can include infographics, charts, graphs and pictures
- Any image used must be for the sole purpose of supporting the submission by providing evidence. Images cannot be used to form part of the written response to a question.
- Captions are to be a maximum of 6 words, not included in the overall word count.
- Any words within a caption above 6 words will be included in the overall word count.
- The submission can include up to 25 images with caption.
- 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.
- An additional ten images (jpeg format only) which illustrates the entrant's operation should accompany each submission in each category entered. These images will be used 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)
- A late submission will not be accepted.
Compliance with competition rules
The Licensee, with Chair of Judges reserve the right to withdraw submissions if an entry has not compliant with the rules.
All submissions must be reviewed for compliance with the submission guidelines. This must be undertaken initially by the award coordinator, however the withdrawal of a submission should be reviewed and implemented by the Chair of Judging and the Auditor.
All entrants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the eligibility requirements of each respective category that they choose to enter in Q1. If this is not adequately demonstrated then that entrant may be disqualified.
- Tour & transport – the two categories are separated by the number of F/T equivalent employees
Insolvency of an entrant
At any time, following submission of an entry in the Australian Tourism Awards, but prior to the presentation ceremony, should the business become insolvent or place the business under administration, the entrant is no longer eligible to receive an award.
If prior to the presentation ceremony then the next national finalist shall be elevated to the status of winner.
If, following the presentation ceremony, the business returns to solvency, then the award cannot be reclaimed.
The next state finalist will not be elevated to the status of national finalist.
The purpose of the meeting with a judge is for verification of the business, not the awards submission. Companies are under no obligation to offer a judge a free experience of their product. The meeting will be prearranged at a mutually convenient time and the judges have a proforma from which they work.
Please note in 2021 meetings may take place via zoom or other online meeting formats.
All businesses will meet the site visit requirements, the exceptions to this are:
- Categories 3 / 4 / 14 / 8 / 24 – no meeting will take place.
The specifics of the meeting are provided to entrants at the time of booking or appointment.
Meetings are not undertaken for national judging.
If a business currently holds accreditation with QTF and has had a visit in the past 12 months, then a meeting may not be required.
New business (not yet accredited)
If a business is not yet accredited or does not meet their accreditation requirements of QTF Level 1, they will be required to undertake an awards site visit. By undertaking an awards site visit they will meet the QTF level one site visit certification requirement.
If a business wishes to obtain a higher level of certification, additional questions would be required to be assessed relevant to the level module of certification, separate to the awards site visit process (this could occur concurrently at the states discretion).
Existing Certified Business (not meeting certification requirements)
If a business is certified at level one, but is not meeting the QTF Site Visit Certification Requirements they will be required to undertake an Awards Site Visit.
The awards site visit would meet the requirements of a QTF level one certified site assessment.
If a business is certified at a level higher then QTF Level One, but is not meeting the QTF Site Visit Certification Requirements they will be required to undertake an Awards Site Visit.
The awards site visit will not meet the higher QTF Site Visit Certification requirements. An independent site assessment will be required to be undertaken (this could occur concurrently at the states discretion).
Verification Meeting criteria
Judges will ask to see the following:
- Business & Marketing Planning
- Customer Service
- Business Operations
- Risk Management
- Environmental Management
Verification Meeting Scoring
Verification Meetings in the Northern Territory are not scored.
By entering the 2021 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 Brolga 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.
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.
Judging is conducted by a panel of independent judges overseen by a Chair of Judges and Auditor.
In 2021, the pass mark for the Northern Territory will be increased to 75% in line with other states and territories.
A single entry category does not guarantee the entrant as a winning entry.
In the event that a category does not have an entrant with a score over 75%, all entrants in that category will be advised prior to tickets for the gala event going on sale to advise that no winner will be awarded in that category and the category will not be announced at the gala event.
All information submitted is strictly confidential. All persons, for example Brolga 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 or shared with anyone outside of the awards team.
Please ensure your submission is lodged electronically to the portal by 12 noon Thursday 9 September 2021.