ACRAs entries due in three weeks

Commercial radio staff planning to submit an entry in this year’s Australian Commercial Radio Awards have three weeks left to do so.


Here are some tips to help you:


  • Demonstrate versatility, innovation and creativity!
  • Your entry must address all criteria on the entry form
  • Include your official ACMA call sign eg. 2SYD as well as your on-air call sign eg. Nova 96.9 to ensure your station is properly identified
  • Pay close attention to completing name and title entry details – they need to appear exactly as they would appear on a finalist’s certificate or winner’s trophy
  • Do not staple, bind or submit entries in folders and only provide photocopies of supporting material – not originals
  • If you can’t fit your response in the spaces made available on the Special Entry Form – feel free to complete on a separate page ensuring you do not exceed the page limit.  Judges will not assess information which exceeds the maximum limits.
  • Ensure your Station Manager or General Manager signs your Special Entry Form where required



  • Judges want to hear a lot more of you and less of other people and music!
  • Entries should be exactly as broadcast – no added background music or sound effects
  • Ensure your entry is of broadcast quality audio
  • Make sure your audio sticks to the time limit for the category – it will be turned off by the judges once the time limit is reached 
  • Get your best stuff up front on your audio submission – make it the first thing the judges hear to capture their attention and imagination!
  • State your name and station only at the beginning of your entry – there should be no music or noise in the background – no production, no station IDS
  • Your name and station tag can be on top of the stated audio limit for the category but the tag should not exceed three seconds
  • Do not submit the same audio entry for different categories – it will be noticed – especially if your entry makes it through to Finalist judging!
  • Ideally provide a selection of material, except where stated otherwise


  • All supporting material is strictly limited to one page, except where stated otherwise
  • Check and double check the checklist for your entry before submission


For further tips see our earlier article here.


To get entry forms and details, click the link below.