Rising Star (Age 30 and Under)

Recognising younger members of our industry who are breathing new life into the region. This is an opportunity to highlight the work the nominee has done to improve the performance of a business, either back of house or on the front line, and their contribution to the regional tourism industry.

Please note: Nominees must be an employee of or operator of a DST member business at the time of the award presentation, and must be 30 or under on 31 December 2018.

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  • Nominations can be received from anyone, and self-nominations are strongly encouraged.
  • This is an individual rather than a business category.
  • In the event that you are nominating someone else, there is a component of the submission that must be completed by the nominee, so the nominee must be complicit.
  • There is no mechanism for saving your entry form before you submit so all answers and supporting material must be gathered before you begin the online form. We have provided comprehensive checklists below or a printable version HERE.
  • Activities described in award submissions must have taken place during the period from January 2018 to December 2018.
  • Applicants can only enter this category once.
  • Entrance to I-LEAD 2019 is subject to final approval from Tasmanian Leaders and also commitment from the Starlight winner to attend. In the event that the Starlight winner is not eligible for the I-LEAD Program, they will receive $1500 towards another form of formalised leadership development to be approved by DST. This can be another leadership program, course, conference registration, or coaching sessions.
  • All applications must be made online using the relevant form (on this page).
  • Deadline for submissions: 8:00am on Monday, 18 March, 2019


Checklist for nominator:

  • Name and email address of nominator
  • How has the nominee exceeded the requirements of their role? (100 words)
  • How has it impacted the performance of the business and workplace? (100 words)
  • What contribution have they made to the industry more generally? (100 words)
  • The submission will require two written references from people other than the nominator.


Checklist for nominee:

  • Name and email address of nominee
  • Business web address and/or link to LinkedIn profile
  • Details of previous leadership experience and development (if any)
  • Availability to participate in the I-LEAD Program on 2-3 June, 2019 and 11-12 August, 2019 in Hobart
  • Three important challenges facing the industry today (dot points)
  • Three opportunities available to the southern Tasmanian tourism industry (dot points)
  • The ways you would like to contribute to developing these opportunities (150 words)
  • A high-resolution image of the nominee, preferably in action (this will be for the slide show at the Gala)
  • The submission will require two written references from people other than the nominator.

Sorry, nominations are now closed.

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