Judging Process

The NSW Tourism Awards judging process aims to independently and fairly evaluate each entry through a formalised assessment process.

Judging for the NSW Tourism Awards is conducted by a panel of industry volunteers appointed by the Tourism Industry Division of NSW Business Chamber. All judges must meet strict criteria as well as completing a confidentiality agreement and declaring all conflicts of interest.

All judges are fully trained and briefed on the judging process including, assessing, scoring and providing quality feedback to entrants. Each submission is judged by three different judges, with the final score being deterimined by the aggregate of these three scores.

Our professional auditors, Bell Partners oversee the entire NSW judging process ensuring submission compliance is met, auditing score sheets and checking conflicts of interest and confidentiality agreements. 

Site Verifications

As part of the NSW judging process site verifications take place. The purpose of this site verifications is to:

  • Verify business practices
  • Sight documents not able to be included in the submission
  • Gain Judges qualitative feedback on the business
Site verifications apply to every category except:
  • Destination Marketing
  • Individual Category

Please note site verification judges may not be the same person who is judging your submission. 

Judges Expression of Interest

Would you like to be a Judge for this year's awards? For 2017 expressions of interest email the NSW Tourism Awards Coordinator via admin@nswtourismawards.com.au

CRITERIA for Judging:

Skills & abilities:

  • the ability to apply judging criteria
  • the ability to review personal scores and achieve consistency
  • organisational skills
  • listening and questioning skills
  • reviewing and reporting skills
  • be able to synthesise information as presented from a range of sources
  • the ability to develop and deliver constructive feedback

Knowledge & experience:

  • having worked at a strategic/operational level within an organisation
  • a good knowledge of what organisational and individual benefits look like
  • knowledge and experience of the tourism industry
  • previous experience of using criteria and weighted judging processes a bonus but not necessity