Awards for Excellence

Clubs SA's Annual Awards for Excellence acknowledges and promotes the outstanding work undertaken by Clubs and it’s individuals within the South Australian Licensed Club Industry.  The nomination process is specifically designed to allow Clubs of all sizes to participate, while also providing individual categories allowing Club’s to highlight specific activities and operations within their business.

While the judging process is rigorous, with a team of industry professionals volunteering their time and energy to the panel, there is an understanding and acknowledgement of the variety and complexity of the Club industry in which they are judging.

The Awards for Excellence has been a part of the Clubs SA events calendar for many many years and continues to improve and grow.  In 2021 we experience the highest number of nominations, from the most number of Clubs and judged by the largest ever judging panel in our Awards history followed by a record number of attendees at our Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday the 16th of October, 2021.

To view a full run down of nominees, winners and photos from the event you can visit:



The terms and conditions for nominating were;

- Nominations are only open to current and financial Members of Clubs SA

- Nominations are valid when the full submission form is completed including all required images and supporting documents

- Clubs SA Board Members are not eligible to nominate for individual Award Categories

- Insufficient nominations in any category will deem the category void

- Submissions must answer all elements of the category questions

- All supporting material must be provided at the time of submission

- All images supplied may be used by Clubs SA for Marketing and Presentation purpose

- Clubs and Individuals may be asked to be filmed for presentation at the Awards Dinner

- Each 'Volunteer of the Year' nominee receives 1 free ticket to attend the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

- Self nominations will not be accepted for the Individual categories.  The nomination must be completed by a fellow Committee Member or Club employee.

- Only 1 'Volunteer of the Year' nominee permitted per Club


The Judging Process:

- Each member of the volunteer judging panel will be allocated, at random, a list of categories and associated submissions to judge. The criteria for each category will be outlined, requiring a scoring system to be followed.

- The criteria for each category will vary and in most circumstances require a site visit to ‘experience’ the Club’s submission and judge accordingly. In the case of individual categories, the judging for these categories will be conducted either in person or via phone/online interviews with all nominees.

- Elements of the judging criteria not addressed in the submission process will be scored according to the site visit or interview associated with the category.


 Club of the Year Eligibility;

- “Small” and “Medium” Club of the Year categories can be nominated by completing the associated submission form

- Large Club of the Year requires a nomination of interest form and a minimum entry of 2 x Operational Categories and 1 x Community Category

- All Club of the Year nominations (including Large) will require the Clubs 2019/20 Financial Statements to be provided

- Due to the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions throughout 2020, the thresholds for the 3 categories of Club of the Year have been carefully considered and to ensure a fair and consistent approach, this year's Club of the Year category thresholds will be based on the Clubs 2018/19 financials.  Thresholds for Small, Medium and Large (based on your 18/19 financials) are as follows;

  • Small:  Annual turnover less than $500,000

  • Medium: Annual turnover from $500,000 - $2,000,000

  • Large: Annual turnover over $2,000,000