How to Enter

Hear from some of entrants on what it is like to be a part of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards and how it can benefit your business and showcase what you do in the tourism industry.


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Select your category

View all the full list of categories and corresponding questions.

If you require assistance in determining the right category for your business to enter, contact the Canberra Region Tourism Awards Manager.


Review the rules for entry


Carefully read the Rules for Entry to ensure that you, and your organisation or product, meet all the criteria for entry.

If you are from the region, read through the information on the page for Regional entrants


Consider what is required

Entering the Canberra Region Tourism Awards requires in most cases for you to write a submission of up to 10,000 words and respond to the questions in your category documentation.

Writing a Canberra Region Tourism Awards submission does take time. The process is an effective business planning activity and will assist you to address the strengths and weaknesses of your business, as well as provide a review of your goals and achievements for the year.

You will be provided with assistance where required to complete the submission through the Awards entrant support program. You can read more about the different types of support offered here.



In order to nominate, you need to sign up and create an account on the Australian Tourism Awards online portal, which can be accessed vi


Businesses with up to and including 10 employees (full time equivalent)


Businesses with 11 or more employees (full time equivalent)


Entry to category 31 Visitor Experience award
There is no entry fee for individual categories – 26 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and 30 Markus Gibson-Huck Young Achiever Award.

Terms and Conditions: Payments by invoice must be made within 14 days of nominating. All withdrawals and entries not submitted by the deadline still require the payment of the nomination fee.

Please ensure the business/product/event name you enter when nominating is exactly how you wish to be listed on websites, certificates, at the gala dinner, etc. For example, nominate as Canberra and Region Visitor Information Centre, instead of CRVC or Canberra Visitor Info Centre.


Judges’ site visit

Entrants in the majority of categories will be visited by one or two judges for a site visit.

The purpose of the site visit is to assess your business and to verify claims you will make within the written submission. You are under no obligation to offer a free experience of your product.

The judges’ site visit will be prearranged at a mutually convenient time and the judges have a proforma from which they work.


Upload Your Submission

Please ensure your submission is lodged to the online portal. Late entries will not be accepted.


After the awards


The results of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards are announced at the Gala event held in November. Winners and/or commendation recipients may not be awarded in every category on the evening. This is dependent on the scores achieved by entrants.

Winners in categories 1-25 at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards then go on to compete as finalists at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.


All information submitted is strictly confidential. All persons, for example the 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.


By entering the Canberra Region 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 Qantas 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 on submitting your entry, you agree not to bring a claim against any judge, mentor, VisitCanberra or the National Capital Attractions Association, 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. An agreed minimum score must be determined for a winner or commendation to be announced in a category. A single entrant category does not guarantee the entrant as a winning entry.