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The Awards of Excellence are available exclusively to SPASA members. Eligibility for each category is outlined in our Judging Criteria and Terms & Conditions. Gold winners of Regional Awards will be eligible for the National Awards competition.

 

We have added multiple new categories, so that’s even more opportunities to showcase your winning projects!

New Product Award
Open to any new product that demonstrates a high degree of innovation, value and originality. The product must offer significantly different benefits from previous models (if applicable). The product must be compliant with local regulations and have been sold in the region being applied for.

Innovative Product Award
Entries into this category must display an original, creative concept in design or manufacture of a product not seen before in the industry. The product must be compliant with local regulations and have been sold in the region being applied for.

Commercial System
Open to any aquatic system installed by a member, connected to a pool, spa or swimming facility. Examples might include water treatment systems, hydraulic/filtration systems, automation, etc.

Best New Pool Store
Open to any new retail/service business that operates from a retail premises. Nominations must include written examples of the members excellence. The business must have existed between 1 and 3 years of the nomination deadline.

Best Single Location Pool Store
Open to any single location retail/service business that operates from a retail premises. Nominations must include written examples of the members excellence.

Best Multi-Location Pool Store
Open to any multi-location retail/service business that operates from retail premises. Nominations must include written examples of the members excellence.

Best Online Pool Store
Open to any retail/service business that operates an online store. Nominations must include written examples of the members excellence.

Best Professional Service Business
Open to any business that provides professional services to the industry. Nominations must include written examples of the members excellence.

Best Prefabricated Composite Pool Builder
Presented to an eligible member that has demonstrated a very high level of skill together with exceptional quality control, overall professionalism as well as a sound knowledge of the relevant Australian Standards, Act’s, Regulations and Codes.

Pool Designer Award
Open to any SPASA member or employee of a member who’s role is to provide design services to clients.

Acknowledgement of Industry Service
This category is free to nominate in to. Open to any individual with proven dedication and commitment to the industry.

Product of the Year is now a major award and is chosen from the winners of categories 3-8.

We have updated “Employee of the Year” to “Professional of the Year” to expand the category and better reflect our members’ professionalism.

In-Ground Spas have now been separated into concrete and fibreglass.

Best Pool Store is now chosen from the winners of categories 48-51.

Price points have been updated or expanded upon in several categories.

View the complete List of Categories

The Awards of Excellence is available exclusively to SPASA members.

Eligibility for each category is outlined here and in the Terms & Conditions.

Gold winners of Regional Awards will be eligible for the National Awards competition.

One high resolution digital primary image (Main Photo) must be supplied with each Entry. The Main Photo should be .JPG format and no less than 300dpi and a minimum of 3MB in size for best quality (maximum size 6MB). Build/Installation categories must not contain any information which identifies the Entrant.

A maximum of five (5) supporting images in .JPG format are admissible with each Entry, to highlight different angles, unusual site conditions or features, etc.  Supporting images must be between 500kb and 1mg in size.

  • The first entry is $250 with every entry thereafter at $150
  • Entries into Individual/Employee Categories are $100
  • Categories 48-51 & 53-59 are $300 to enter

All prices include GST

Projects may be submitted into multiple categories; however, every category entry must be accompanied by additional fees.

Payment must be made before the nomination deadline for your entry to be eligible for judging.

Yes, they can! Entries that have won Silver or Bronze in any category in previous years can be re-entered.

If an entry has won a Gold Award, it cannot be re-entered, however some exceptions apply. Refer to the Terms & Conditions for more information.

All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges, comprising of representatives from various industry associated third parties. The Awards Judging Facilitator will oversee the judging process and ensure impartiality.

Entries are judged based on criteria set out for each category and will be scored out of 100 with the three highest scores being awarded Gold or Highly Commended. The judges may also award a ‘Merit’ Award if applicable.

In the event of a tie, the judges may confer to determine a result.

Judges will deliberate via teleconference or other means as appropriate to determine the Major Awards.

No information in relation to winners or entrants is made available to the SPASA Board, local committees nor anyone outside of immediate facilitation in advance of the Awards presentation night.

Members must submit an entry/entries via this website, which will be open for submissions until the nomination deadline.

Follow the steps below to submit an entry:

  • If you haven’t already, register here
  • If you have already registered, log in with your username & password
  • Ensure you have read the Terms & Conditions for the Awards of Excellence Program
  • Click on “Submit New Entry”
  • Select a category
  • Complete your entry for your selected category
  • Select “Save” at the bottom of the page
  • You can edit the entry until you pay for your entries
  • Pay for all entries at once by selecting “Pay Online Now” underneath your submissions
  • OR Select “Confirm & Pay” next to the relevant entry once you’re happy with the submission
  • Paid entries cannot be edited by the entrant, contact us or call 1300 021 482 if you need an entry edited

We strongly recommend that you start to prepare your submissions early, and do not leave it to the last moment to upload your entry.

To be fair to all nominees in the Awards of Excellence we cannot provide advice or suggestions on any entries.

  • Log in with your username & password
  • Click on “Account” from the top menu
  • Scroll down to “Your Entries” and select “Edit” next to the entry you wish to edit
  • Select “Save” at the bottom of the page
  • Paid entries cannot be edited by the entrant, contact us or call 1300 021 482 if you need an entry edited

 

As many as they like! The more they enter, the better chance they have of winning!

Members are able to win Gold and up to two Highly Commended awards in each category.

If you have a query about your eligibility or rules of the competition, please contact us via email or call 1300 021 482. We will endeavor to respond within 48 hours.