Nominations and submissions

Rules for entry

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

View the Rules and Regulations 2024 Brolga Awards


Nomination is made via the Quality Tourism Framework (QTF) online system.

This can be accessed at:

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.

Entry fees

The Northern Territory does not charge a fee to enter.


An entrant must nominate for an award before they can commence preparing their submission.

Submissions are made via the same system that nominations are made, this can be accessed at:

All submissions must include the following:

1.    Nomination details.

2.    Demonstration of meeting minimum business standards, relevant to the category.
a.    This can be demonstrated via relevant accreditation with the Quality Tourism framework
b.    As a part of the business standards question set within the submission. 

3.    If an entrant does not have a Star Rating and are entering an accommodation category, they will need to complete the Star Rating Accommodation Standards.

4.    Category question responses including supporting images.

5.    Word Count
a.    The submission word range is between 6,000 to a maximum of 10,000 words for national categories 1 - 25. Excellence in Accessible Tourism (category 26) has a maximum of 4,000 words. 
b.    Words within a table are included in the submission word count.
c.    The online system will not allow you to submit if over the maximum word count.
d.    Hyperlinks to external sources are not allowed. 

6.    Images
a.    The submission can include up to 25 images with captions in categories 1-25 and up to 15 images in category 26. 
i.    Images can include infographics, charts, graphs and pictures
ii.    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.
iii.    Captions are to be a maximum of 6 words, not included in the overall word count.
iv.    Any words within a caption above 6 words will be included in the overall word count. 

7.    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.

8.    An additional ten images (jpeg format only) which illustrate the entrant's operation should accompany each submission in each category entered. These images will be used for 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).

9.    Late submissions will not be accepted.

Compliance with competition rules

The Licensee, in consultation with the Chair of Judges reserve the right to withdraw submissions if an entry is not compliant with the rules.

All submissions must be reviewed for compliance with the submission guidelines. This must be undertaken initially by the awards coordinator, however the withdrawal of a submission should be reviewed and implemented by the Chair of Judges 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. For example: Tour and Transport and Major Tour and Transport, the two categories are differentiated by the number of full time 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/territory finalist will not be elevated to the status of national finalist.

Business Standards 

All entrants to the awards must meet the minimum business standards relevant to their category by holding current accreditation through the QTF or completing the Business Standards pre-assessment within the awards online system. 

Important note: the Business Standards section will be required to be accepted prior to finalising your submission in the online system. 


By entering the 2024 Brolga 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.

Judging decisions

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.

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 the pass mark, all entrants in that category will be advised prior to tickets for the gala event going on sale that no winner will be awarded in that category and the category will not be announced at the gala event.

Our assurance

All information submitted is strictly confidential. All persons, for example Brolga Awards team members 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 online system by 11.59pm Wednesday 4 September 2024.

Page last updated on 22 April 2024