State judging is conducted by a panel of industry professionals who volunteer their time and are appointed by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC). The panel comprises a cross-section of tourism industry experts, some of whom are former award winners. Judges are selected for their knowledge and experience, and for their willingness to commit time to the Awards process.
The panel operates independently to SATIC and is convened each year specifically for the Tourism Awards.
Entrants are assessed against the Award criteria through a site visit and submission judging process. Site visits are conducted by a site judge with the aim of testing the experience and providing a detailed report for the submission judges to use to validate claims made in the submission.
Each submission is assessed by a team of three judges, who firstly judge independently, and then discuss their findings as a group. This process is overseen by professional auditors KPMG.