2024 AHA National Awards for Excellence

The AHA National showcase of Australia’s hottest pubs and hotels will take place at the brand-new Star Hotel in Brisbane on Monday 25 November 2024.

Winners from each State and Territory branch will come together in Brisbane vying to be crowned the very best in their field in Australia.

Catching up with colleagues, making new friends and rubbing shoulders with the stars of Australia’s hospitality scene, it’s going to be a belter.

Event Details:

Date: Monday 25th November
Time: TBC
Location: The Star Brisbane
Dress Code: Formal

See you in Brisbane!

Award Categories: 

The entry fee required to nominate into the AHA National Awards for Excellence is $330 per category.

Please be aware that payment for your nomination is due within 14 days of receiving the invoice.

AHA National Award categories include:

Nominee Information

Eligibility for National Awards

To be eligible to enter the AHA National Awards for Excellence, venues must have won an equivalent category in their State or Territory Awards. If you are unsure of which category you are eligible to enter, please contact our friendly events team via email on events@aha.org.au.

Please note, at the time of entering your State or Territory Awards, venues will be asked to accept their nomination into the National Awards. If you select yes, your nomination will automatically be accepted and you will be sent a tax invoice. Where your venue is an accommodation property and a night stay is required, you will also be sent a tax invoice for reimbursement of one nights stay + breakfast for two (if available).

Nomination Fees

The cost to nominate into the AHA National Awards for Excellence is $330 per category. Please be aware that payment for your nomination is due within 14 days of your confirmed nomination.

Any nomination fees that are not received within this time will result in a forfeit of your nomination in to the AHA National Awards for Excellence.

Site Inspections and Interviews

Venues may be judged any time after receipt of their nomination, within the period of April to October. Site visits, along with written submissions and interviews (where applicable), will form the basis of judging.

Site visits will be 100% anonymous. Accommodation-based categories will no longer require a voucher for the judges stay. In replacement of this system, nominees will be asked to agree to be invoiced for the cost of one night’s accommodation and breakfast for two people (where required/available).

Proof of overnight stay receipts will be presented for this reimbursement of expense.

If you have any problems with this process, please contact us on the email below for assistance.

Email: events@aha.org.au

Employees nominated for individual employee awards will be contacted by the AHA National Office for a phone interview during the months of August, September and October.

Marketing and Publicity Support

All finalists will receive marketing and publicity support as a part of their nomination fee. All finalists will be presented with a “Finalist” logo (electronic version). All AHA National Awards for Excellence winners will be sent a “Winner” logo. These logos can be used in any marketing and promotional activities.

Photos & Logos

All photos and logos will be supplied by State or Territory branches. If you wish to provide updated or additional photos, please email them through to events@aha.org.au.

Photos and logos will be used for a number of marketing and promotional activities conducted by the AHA National Office in promoting finalists and the Awards night in general. Planned activities include general marketing, pre-event marketing announcing the finalists, a multi-media presentation to be played on the evening and post event media releases.

The AHA National office also reserves the right to use the images provided for ongoing promotion and collateral.

Written Submissions and CVs

In categories where written submissions or CVs are required, the AHA National events team will be sourcing all written submissions and CVs from your State or Territory branch.

If you wish to provide an update of your written submission or CV, please do so. This can be done by uploading using this online portal or can be emailed directly to our team at events@aha.org.au.


The presentation of the AHA National Awards for Excellence would not be possible without our event partners. We acknowledge their invaluable contribution to our industry and thank them for their ongoing support.

Marquee Partner



The below accommodation venues in Adelaide have generously offered AHA National Award guests the following discounted accommodation rates. It is worth noting that Sunday 26th November is the final day of the Adelaide 500 and as such, accommodation may book out early.

From the moment you take in your expansive view of Adelaide’s historic parklands, you’ll know you’re in a place unlike any other.

Each of our 138 guest rooms offers contemporary design, enhanced by custom furnishing and in-room technology. Every part of your experience has been carefully considered, from your welcome drink on arrival to thoughtful extras included in your stay.

OVAL Hotel are offering AHA National Award guests a discounted rate of $245 per room per night (room only). To book these rates, please use this dedicated booking link


Spanning every floor, our signature room is designed on a generous footprint in king bed or twin-queen configuration. Wake up to sleepy cityscapes, rolling hills or upgrade your view to the shimmer of the riverside. Slip into opulence with a spacious bathroom featuring considered luxury amenities and indulgent bathrobes, where you’re invited to take a moment to pause and relax. Intuitive design and technology including in-room tablet and keyless entry, create all the right touches, while on-hand personalised service means you can truly immerse yourself in unrivalled luxury, during every moment of your stay.

Rooms range from 40-57sqm.

Eos by SkyCity are offering AHA National Award guests 20% off their best flexible rates. To book these rates, please use this dedicated booking link


Immerse yourself in luxury in your King Classic City View Room, and take in breathtaking views across Adelaide’s vibrant cityscape.

Our Classic Rooms feature plush bedding, an elegant marble bathroom with a walk-in shower, separate bath and large vanity area, a flat-screen TV with Chromecast streaming, complimentary high-speed internet, and a well-situated work desk.

Interconnecting rooms available upon request.

Intercontinental Adelaide are offering a discounted room rate, based on their Best Flexible Rate. To book these rooms, please use the link below.


Welcome to Sofitel Adelaide, South Australia’s ultimate luxury hotel escape. With an enviable address in the city centre, we capture not just the heart, but the very soul of Adelaide itself.

Relax, unwind and settle in to enjoy our world-class hospitality, chic bars, and gourmet French restaurant Garçon Bleu, before you step outside to uncover authentic Adelaide through the eyes of a local. You’ll find some of the city’s most iconic experiences are right here on our doorstep.

Sofitel Adelaide are pleased to offer AHA National Award guests a discounted rate of $300. To book this room, please use the below link.


Located in the heart of Adelaide’s cultural precinct, The Playford presents a contemporary take on the elegant Art Nouveau era depicted through its unique South Australian art, décor and bespoke customer service.

Spoil yourself with a stay at Australia’s most awarded boutique hotel while you explore all that Adelaide’s Art, cultural and entertainment precinct has to offer.

The Playford are pleased to offer a discounted rate of $274 for the National Awards for Excellence. To book these rooms please use the below link.


From its prime location amidst the beating heart of Adelaide, Quality Apartments Adelaide Central™ serves up some of the best located apartment accommodation this vibrant city has to offer. Located in the historic T&G building, these stylish and spacious one or two-bedroom apartments contain all the creature comforts you need for a relaxing weekend, business trip or extended stay.

Quality Apartments are offering AHA National Award guests a discounted rate of $189 for the event. To book these rooms, please follow the link to their website and use the code AHA2023


What are the category nomination costs?

  • Nomination costs are per category and are $330 (incl. GST).

When do I get my invoice?

  • You will receive your invoice upon completion of your nomination and/or ticket purchase.

How long do I have to buy my tickets?

  • Ticket purchases can be made up until two weeks prior to the event date if the event has not sold out.

What categories am I eligible for?

  • You would have received an email from our friendly events team indicating which categories you are eligible to enter into. If you didn't receive one please contact them at events@aha.org.au.

When are the visits going to happen?

  • Judging will commence in April and will be completed no later than October.

I am currently undergoing some renovation but don’t wish for visits prior to their finish, how can I let you know?

  • You can email events@aha.org.au to request a specific time frame that you would prefer the judges to visit your venue.

How can I get another copy of my confirmation?

  • You can email events@aha.org.au to request another copy of your confirmation email.