The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) will introduce a new, integrated framework for Australia’s business quality programs, which will incorporate existing programs such as; the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program, Star Ratings program, and the Australian Tourism Awards.

This new framework will be known as the Quality Tourism Framework (QTF). Under the new QTF, there will be changes to requirements for the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards, which all entrants must meet in order to be eligible for the national award categories. The QTF, will provide greater efficiencies for those who are engaged across multiple programs and provide an assurance of minimum standards being met by all.

Important Changes

Please note: There is no additional cost for entrants to complete the required pre-assessments. Additional costs will only apply if an entrant wishes to finalise the accreditation process through the QTF.

Accommodation Categories

To be eligible for any of the accommodation categories (17 – 23, excluding category 19. Unique Accommodation), all entrants are required to meet a specific Star Rating (dependent on their category), through the completion of a pre-assessment module in your submission portal, which will calculate a proposed rating.

Those who are already star rated will not be required to complete a pre-assessment as the rating has already been confirmed. Note: annual Star Rating renewals are due July 2019.

Star rating (or equivalent proposed rating) required to enter:

  • Luxury: 5

  • Deluxe: 4 or 4.5

  • Standard: 3+

  • Unique: Not required

  • Hosted: 3+

  • Caravan & Holiday Parks: 3+

  • Self-contained: 3+

All other categories

All entrants in non-accommodation categories are required to complete Level 1 of the QTF. This pre-assessment will be included within the submission portal.

Those who are already accredited through QTF (formerly known as ATAP) will not be required to complete a pre-assessment.

Pictured above: Couple enjoying panoramic views across to Pigeon House Mountain (Aboriginal: Didthul) in Moreton National Park. Credit: Destination NSW.