Australian Survivor

Australian Survivor is an Australian reality game show based on the international Survivor format.

Australian Survivor
Australian Survivor season 4 logo.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byCharlie Parsons
Based onExpedition Robinson/Survivor
by Charlie Parsons
Presented by
StarringList of Australian Survivor contestants
Theme music composerRuss Landau (2016–present)
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes150 (and 2 specials)
Executive producers
  • Stephen Peters (2002)[1]
  • David Mason (2006)[2]
  • Amelia Fisk (2016–present)
  • Tim Toni (2016–present)[3]
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
(2002, 2006)
70-90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companiesCastaway Television
Endemol Shine Australia
Original network
Picture format576i (SDTV) (2002, 2006)
1080i (HDTV) (2016–present)
Original releaseOriginal series:
13 February 2002 –
15 May 2002
First revived series:
17 August 2006 –
2 November 2006
Second revived series:
21 August 2016 –
Related showsCompanion shows
Jury Villa
Talking Tribal
American Survivor
International versions
External links
Official site

Following the premise of other versions of the format, the show features a group of contestants become castaways as they are marooned in an isolated location, where they must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves. The contestants compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted off the island by their fellow castaways. The final castaway remaining is awarded the title of "Sole Survivor" and the grand prize of A$500,000.

The series first aired in 2002 on the Nine Network, who as of 2020, also hold the first-run Australian broadcast rights to flagship American edition of Survivor. In 2006, a celebrity edition aired on the Seven Network. Both iterations of the series only lasted one season due to low ratings.[4]

In November 2015, the Network Ten, at its network upfronts, announced that it would be reviving the series in 2016.[5] The series commenced airing on 21 August 2016. Unlike its predecessors, the series was renewed by Network Ten for another season for 2017,[6] and has continued to be successful since. An All-Star edition featuring former contestants aired in early 2020.[7][8] A second 2020 edition set to feature new civilian players was expected for later in 2020,[7] but production on that season was postponed due to issued travel restrictions as well as safety concerns resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.[9] This season is now set to be produced in mid-2021, in an Outback location near the town of Cloncurry, Queensland and is set to air in late 2021.[10]


The show follows the same general format as the other editions of Survivor. To begin, the players are split into two or three tribes, are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meagre supplies for a period of several weeks. Frequent physical and mental challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for immunity, forcing the other tribe to attend Tribal Council, where they must vote one of their tribemates out of the game by secret ballot.

About halfway through the game, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and challenges are on an individual basis; winning immunity prevents that player from being voted out. Most players that are voted out during this stage become members of the Tribal Council Jury. When only two players remain, the Final Tribal Council is held. The finalists pleads their case to the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jurors then have the opportunity to interrogate the finalists before casting their vote for which finalist should be awarded the title of Sole Survivor and win the grand prize of A$500,000 (or a A$100,000 charity prize in the celebrity season).

Like other editions of the show, the Australian edition has introduced numerous modifications, or twists, on the core rules to prevent players from over-relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons or other editions of the show. These changes have included tribe switches, players being exiled from their tribe for a short period of time, hidden immunity idols that players can use to save themselves or another player at Tribal Council from being voted off, voting powers which can be used to influence the result at Tribal Council and players being given a chance to return following their elimination.

Series overviewEdit

The first Australian version of the Survivor format was filmed in late 2001, and aired in 2002 on the Nine Network. The program was a contractual obligation if the network were to be allowed to continue to broadcast American Survivor.[11] The program was criticised for poor casting and lower production value than the popular American edition and it was not renewed due to low ratings. The Nine Network still hold the first-run rights to American Survivor and have continued to broadcast the American edition of the program ever since.[4] Since 2013, recent seasons air on Nine's secondary channel; 9Go! and streamed on 9Now within hours of the original American airing.[12][13]

In 2006, the Seven Network found a loophole in the contract between the Nine Network and Castaway Television, which allowed them to produce a celebrity version of the series, due to a celebrity format being viewed as different from the original format. The Seven Network did not renew the series.[14]

In November 2015, Network Ten revealed at its upfront event that it would air a new season featuring regular contestants to air in the last quarter of 2016.[15] This new season gives Australian Survivor the distinction of being one of the few Australian programs to have aired across all three major commercial television networks in Australia. Australian Survivor has continued to air yearly, concluding its most recent season in March 2020.[16]

Additionally, 10 has made the complete American Survivor series has been made available on their paid streaming platform 10 All Access as of December 2018, including the previously unaired Survivor: Marquesas which Nine did not air due to its commitment in airing their version of Australian Survivor.[17] A select few seasons are also uploaded to 10's free streaming site, 10 Play.[18] Each US season is uploaded some time after the season has aired on Nine Network. Additionally, as of September 2020, both seasons of Survivor NZ and the Philippines & Island of Secrets editions of Survivor South Africa were also uploaded on 10play.[19]

Season ListEdit

List of Australian Survivor seasons
#[a] Subtitle Game Information Results Host
Location Start Date Finish Date Days Castaways Original tribes Winner Runner-up Final vote
Earlier Iterations (2002, 2006)
1 Whaler's Way,
Eyre Peninsula,
South Australia
November 2001 December 2001 39 16 Two tribes of eight Rob Dickson Sciona Browne 5–2 Lincoln Howes[b]
2 Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu Efate, Shefa, Vanuatu May 2006 June 2006 25 12 Two tribes of six split by
gender, with one odd one out
Guy Leech Justin Melvey 3–2 Ian "Dicko" Dickson
Network 10 Iteration (2016–present)
3 Upolu, Samoa 23 May 2016 18 July 2016 55 24 Three tribes of eight Kristie Bennett Lee Carseldine 8–1 Jonathan LaPaglia[c]
4 6 May 2017 30 June 2017 Two tribes of twelve Jericho Malabonga Tara Pitt 6–3
5 Champions vs.
Savusavu, Fiji 3 May 2018 21 June 2018 50 Two tribes of twelve divided by status:
"Champions" (overachievers)
& "Contenders" (underdogs)
Shane Gould Sharn Coombes 5–4
6 4 May 2019 22 June 2019 Pia Miranda Baden Gilbert 9–0
7 All Stars 26 August 2019 14 October 2019 Two tribes of twelve returning players David Genat Sharn Coombes 8–1
8 Cloncurry, Queensland[10] Filming in the coming months - Set to air in Q4 2021
  1. ^ In referencing the series, Network 10 only accounts for their seasons in season counts - discounting the two earlier iterations of the series. By 10's season count, the 2016 season would be the 1st season. However, Castaway Productions (including Survivor creator Charlie Parsons) count all iterations of the show as one continuous series[20] — making the 2016 season the 3rd season. Wikipedia will used the Castaway Productions season count.
  2. ^ Ben Dark hosted the casting special & Eddie Maguire hosted the reunion.
  3. ^ As a result of travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, LaPaglia was unable to host the reunion for All Stars. The Reunion was instead hosted by Osher Günsberg, with LaPaglia contributing via satellite.

Broadcast and ratingsEdit

# Network Episodes Timeslot Premiere Finale Reunion Average
Date Viewers Rank Date Viewers
Rank Viewers
Winner Reveal
Rank Viewers Rank
1 Nine 13 [a] Wednesday 8:30pm 13 February 2002 N/A[b] 15 May 2002 N/A[b]
2 Seven 12 Thursday 8:30pm 17 August 2006 N/A[b] 2 November 2006 N/A[b] N/A[c] N/A[b]
3 Ten 26 Sunday, Monday &
Tuesday 7:30pm[d]
21 August 2016 857,000
848,000 [e]
6 [e]
25 October 2016 914,000 7 1,172,000 1 N/A[c] 786,000 10 [21][22]
4 30 July 2017 691,000 8 10 October 2017 825,000 8 943,000 2 613,000 13 698,000 10 [23]
5 24 1 August 2018 779,000 7 9 October 2018 914,000 5 922,000 4 667,000 13 765,000 9 [24][25]
6 10[f] 24 July 2019 925,000 2 17 September 2019 968,000 4 1,079,000 1 N/A[c] 840,000 6 [26][27]
7 Monday, Tuesday &
Wednesday 7:30pm[d]
3 February 2020 715,000 8 30 March 2020 908,000 9 1,034,000 6 677,000 14 733,000 9 [28][29]
  1. ^ In addition to the 13 episodes, two specials aired – a casting special and a behind the scenes special
  2. ^ a b c d e No Ratings Information is available for these seasons
  3. ^ a b c No Reunion Show was held.
  4. ^ a b The program occasionally deviates from these timeslots - check the ratings table on each season's page for spefific timeslots for each episode.
  5. ^ a b The premiere was coded into two programs - titled "Launch" & “Tribal Council". Two sets of ratings were produced.
  6. ^ No network change. “Network Ten" rebranded as "Network 10".

Companion seriesEdit

In addition to the main program, two companion web programs are also produced for Australian Survivor with both airings on 10's free video on demand streaming service 10 Play.

Jury VillaEdit

Introduced in the 3rd season, Jury Villa is based on the Ponderosa series from the American Survivor. The series follows the castaways that are voted off during the jury phase of the game as they become members of the Tribal Council Jury and interact with one another in the villa. Each episode focuses primarily on the latest evictee and their arrival in the villa. Episodes are released through 10 play following the airing of each episode of the main show of the Jury phase of the game.[30][31]

Talking TribalEdit

Introduced in the All Stars season, Talking Tribal is an aftershow hosted by former contestant Luke Toki and television presenter James Mathison. The show premiered on Friday 31 January 2020, days before the premiere of All-Stars for a preview special. The show then airs weekly after each Wednesday night episode of the main show.[32][33] In addition to airing as web series on 10 play, the series also airs as an audio podcast on 10's podcast platform 10 speaks. The series unpacks all of the castaway's strategies from the main show. The hosts were joined by regular panelist Rob Has a Podcast podcaster Shannon Guss and former castaways as guest panelists.[34]

International BroadcastEdit

The series airs on the following channels outside of Australia:

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs.
2003 Logie Awards of 2003 Best Reality Program 2002 Season Nominated [37]
2017 Logie Awards of 2017 Best Reality Program 2016 Season Nominated [38]
7th AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series 2017 Season Nominated [39]
Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment, Lifestyle Or Reality Series Richard Franc (Episode 1 - 2017 Season) Won
2018 8th AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season) Won [40]
2019 Logie Awards of 2019 Most Popular Reality Program Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season) Nominated [41]
Most Outstanding Reality Program Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2018 season) Won
9th AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders (2019 season) Won [42]
2020 10th AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series Australian Survivor: All Stars Nominated [43]

See alsoEdit


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