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The Star Ratings Program forms part of the Quality Tourism Framework (QTF). QTF combines Tourism Accreditation, Star Ratings and the Australian Tourism Awards programs into a single pathway for business development. 

Star Ratings are an internationally recognised symbol for quality accommodation standards. They are used in more than 70 countries and reflect the cleanliness, quality and condition of guest facilities.

A rating is determined by more than 200 criteria that have been ranked by Australian travellers according to what’s important to them.

The ‘star’ symbols are a licensed trademark and therefore can only be used by properties that have been licensed to use them. They are your safeguard against ‘self-ratings’. In brief, these are properties who have assessed their own quality standards.


1). Hotels

2). Motels

3). Serviced apartments

4). Hosted accommodation

5). Caravan-holiday parks

6). Self-catering properties

Star Rated properties in South Australia have access to the standards, guidelines and property reviews for the six distrinct categories.


TiCSA Members can add Stars Accreditation to their membership for an additional annual fee of $200 (excl. GST).

Properties are assessed every three years against comprehensive criteria. TiCSA undertakes these assessments in South Australia, where possible, together with tourism accreditation site visits.

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