Following an entrant’s success at their local Show, the Young Woman then goes on to a Zone Final. Each local Show Society is a member of one of fourteen groups who come under the umbrella of the ASC. Two groups combine to form one of seven Zones that make up the NSW area. In January/February/March of each year, at Zone Finals the Zone judges select, from all the local winners put forward by each of the individual Societies, a representative for the State Final. The number of representatives a Zone can have is based on the total number of entrants that are put forward by their two groups: if 1–10 Zone Finalists then a Zone can have one (1) State Final representative; 11–17 Zone Finalists then a Zone can have two (2) State Final representatives. If Zone 6 or 7 have more than 17 Zone Finalists, they can have three (3) State Final Representatives. The sponsors of the event provide the judges for the Zone Finals. The ASC advises each Zone who their judges will be. At no time should the judges’ names be promoted or advertised prior to the judging.
The State Final for the Competition is conducted by the RAS at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and usually has between 14 and 16 entrants. Judges are selected by the RAS. Judging criteria is based on personality, confidence, ambitions/goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation, and diction/speech. In addition to a twenty-minute interview, the finalists partake in various social functions in which the above elements are judged. A Presentation Ceremony is held at the Show where two prizes are awarded – the State Final Winner (1st Place) and First Runner Up (2nd Place). All finalists stay in Sydney for seven days as guests of the RAS while the winner of the State Final and the second placegetter will be asked to remain in Sydney as guests of the RAS to perform official duties at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.