Rules of Entry


Judging Process

A panel of independent judges will judge all award entries. The chair of judges (in consultation with the THA) reserves the right not to accept, or to suggest a different category for nominations, if in their opinion, the nomination is inappropriate for the category concerned.

Awards are judged by one or more of the following: site inspection, written submission or website presence. Each venue is judged by a detailed score sheet. Ensure your eligibility by examining the judging criteria for each category.

Entrants who have won awards at state level may then be eligible to nominate for entry into the AHA National Awards. Please note that not all categories are applicable in the National Awards.

Accommodation Categories

Nominees in these categories will be invoiced by the THA for the cost of one night’s accommodation including the provision of meals as required.

Dining Categories

Nominees in these categories will be invoiced by the THA for the cost of meals as required.

If your venue has more than one restaurant and you would like to enter in more than one dining category, you may do so however, each restaurant must be entered separately and each restaurant will also be invoiced separately. You will need to provide your venue’s opening hours.

Best RSL, Sporting or Community Club

Clubs nominating in this category, can also nominate in those categories highlighted with a ‘Clubs Eligible’ icon.

Site Visits

In most cases a site visit of the venue is required and in most cases the judge will remain anonymous. No site visits will be conducted on public holidays.

Written Submission Format

Entrants are required to read the criteria and guidelines closely to ensure that all relevant information is supplied to the judges in the submission. The format of the submission should adhere to the following style.

The Hotel/venue name and the category entered should be clearly marked on the cover page of the submission. The submission should be in A4 format and use a font no smaller that 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri.

Each criteria must be addressed. State the question/criteria then your answer. Unanswered questions will attract zero points. If you feel you cannot answer a question and that the question is not relevant please explain your reasons within your submission. The overall submission should not exceed 1500 words unless otherwise stated. Please note judges have requested supporting documentation, only where necessary and to be kept at a minimum.

Entry Details & Requirement

Please ensure that your venue has a contact person listed on your nomination form as well as your venue’s opening hours. The judges may contact your venue for a site visit or for further information if required.

By nominating in any category, your venue will agree to:

Photos and Logos

All nominations are required to supply a minimum of 2 electronic photos (on usb or emailed to of the nominated establishment. All photos must be of high resolution and supplied as eps. or jpeg files.

The photos supplied should depict the award category that the venue is nominated for, and also include at least one external shot of the venue. Nominations for the employee categories should include a standalone shot (or head shot) of the employee nominated.

Evaluation Report

The evaluation reports prepared by the judges provide valuable feedback into how your venue performed, areas for improvement and areas in which your venue excels in. All entrants will receive an evaluation report for the categories entered.