Miss Universe Australia

Miss Universe Australia is a national Beauty pageant that has selected Australia's representative to the Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Universe Australia
MottoAustralian's Most beautiful, Talented, Educated and Confident Young Woman
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Universe
Official language
Troy Barbagallo


The Miss Universe name is a registered trade name owned by the Miss Universe Organization, owned since 1996 by Donald Trump and NBC. In 2015, after Trump made statements about illegal aliens from Mexico in his presidential campaign kickoff speech, NBC ended its business relationship with Trump and stated that they will no longer air the pageant, or the Miss USA pageant, on their networks.[1]

Since 1992, Jim Davie, a distributor of swimwear and athletic wear, has also been managing the Miss Australia Awards.[2] In 2002, Davie obtained the licence from the Miss Universe Organisation to select Miss Universe Australia to represent Australia at international Miss Universe pageants.[3] The new national director of the Miss Universe Australia Organisation is Troy Barbagallo of Pink Tank Events. Pink Tank have managed the Miss Universe Western Australia pageant since 2009 and was rewarded for their best in world platform with the national job in February 2016. Barbagallo is also a director of Barbagallo Group, luxury motor vehicle group and The Horologist, a leading luxury watch dealer. Barbagallo founded Box Magazine in 2003.

A Miss Universe Australia pageant is held each year to select a young woman to represent Australia at the international Miss Universe pageant. Contestants to the national pageant come from each of the States and Territories of Australia, which are described as regions or divisions, and represent that State or Territory. In 2016 there are over 220 participants in the national pageant of which 30 are competing in the National Final.


The international Miss Universe pageants started in 1952. Until 2000, while the Miss Australia Awards were held, the winners of the Miss Australia pageant would normally represent Australia at international Miss Universe pageants, but Australia did not have a representative in each year's event.

In 1952 Leah MacCartney was the first Miss Universe Australia. She was Miss Victoria and later elected as Miss Universe Australia 1952 on 16 June 1952 in Melbourne.

In 1958 the independent pageant selected Miss Universe Australia. Miss Universe Australia partnered to Australian Photographic Agency (APA).

In 1964 and 1965 Miss Universe Australia selected by Agency casting in Melbourne.

Between 1968 and 1976 the winners of Quest of Quests Dream Girl Australia represented Australia at Miss Universe.

Between 1977 and 1990 the winners of Miss Australia Beauty or Miss Universe Australia by TVW Enterprises represented Australia at Miss Universe.

There was no Australian entrant to the Miss Universe pageant in 1991 and 2001. In 2002 through 2004, the Australian representative to the Miss Universe pageant was chosen by a national pageant held in Sydney, organised by Adpro Management Group.

The national Miss Universe Australia pageant came under new management in 2005. Of the 307 who participated at the state level, 24 made it to the national pageant, and Michelle Guy became Miss Universe Australia 2005.[2]

There have been three Miss Universe title holders from Australia: Kerry Anne Wells in 1972, Jennifer Hawkins in 2004 and Catriona Gray in 2018. Welles entered the Miss Universe pageant as Miss Australia; Hawkins was chosen Miss Universe Australia and went on to win the Miss Universe title in Quito, Ecuador; and Gray was competed in Miss Universe Australia and she represent her country was held in Bangkok, Thailand and she won the 3rd title.

New ownerEdit

In February 2016, was announced that the new director of Miss Universe Australia is Troy Barbagallo, appointed by IMG.[4]

The Road to Miss Universe AustraliaEdit

The Road to Miss Universe Australia is a television special that is broadcast on Channel 9 & 9Life. It is produced by Mathew Knight Media in partnership with Pink Tank Events.


  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year State of Origin City Miss Universe Australia Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
2020 Victoria Melbourne Maria Thattil TBA
2019 Victoria Melbourne Priya Serrao Unplaced
2018 New South Wales New South Wales Francesca Hung Top 20
2017 South Australia Adelaide Olivia Rogers Unplaced
2016 Western Australia Perth Caris Tiivel Unplaced
2015 New South Wales Sydney Monika Radulovic Top 5
2014 New South Wales Newcastle Tegan Martin Top 10
2013 Victoria Melbourne Olivia Wells Unplaced
2012 Western Australia Perth Renae Ayris 3rd Runner-up
2011 Western Australia Perth Scherri-Lee Biggs[5] Top 10
2010 Queensland Gold Coast Jesinta Franklin[6] 2nd Runner-up Miss Congeniality
2009 Queensland Townsville Rachael Finch[7] 3rd Runner-up
2008 New South Wales Sydney Laura Dundovic[8] Top 10
2007 Queensland Gladstone Kimberley Busteed[9] Unplaced
2006 Australian Capital T. Canberra Erin McNaught[10] Unplaced
2005 Western Australia Perth Michelle Guy[11] Unplaced
2004 New South Wales Newcastle Jennifer Hawkins[12] Miss Universe 2004
2003 New South Wales Sydney Ashlea Talbot Unplaced
2002 Queensland Brisbane Sarah Davies Unplaced
2001 Did not compete
2000 New South Wales Sydney Samantha Frost Unplaced
1999 New South Wales Sydney Michelle Shead Unplaced
1998 Victoria Melbourne Renee Henderson Unplaced
1997 New South Wales Sydney Laura Csortan Unplaced Miss Congeniality
1996 New South Wales Sydney Jodie McMullen Unplaced Miss Congeniality
1995 New South Wales Sydney Jacqueline Shooter Unplaced
1994 Queensland Brisbane Michelle van Eimeren Unplaced
1993 Queensland Brisbane Voni Delfos Top 6
1992 Queensland Gold Coast Georgina Denahy Top 10
1991 Did not compete
1990 New South Wales Sydney Charmaine Ware Unplaced
1989 New South Wales Sydney Karen Wenden Unplaced Miss Photogenic
1988 New South Wales Sydney Vanessa Lynn Gibson Unplaced
1987 New South Wales Sydney Jennine Leonarder Unplaced
1986 New South Wales Sydney Christina Bucat Unplaced
1985 Queensland Brisbane Elizabeth Bowly Unplaced
1984 Victoria Melbourne Donna Rudrum Unplaced
1983 New South Wales Sydney Simone Cox Unplaced
1982 Western Australia Perth Lou-Anne Ronchi Unplaced
1981 New South Wales Sydney Karen Sang Unplaced
1980 Victoria Melbourne Katrina Rose Unplaced
1979 Western Australia Perth Kerry Dunderdale Unplaced
1978 Victoria Melbourne Beverley Pinder Unplaced
1977 Victoria Melbourne Jill Maree Minahan Unplaced
1976 New South Wales Sydney Julie Anne Ismay 4th Runner-up
1975 New South Wales Sydney Jennifer Matthews Unplaced
1974 Victoria Melbourne Yasmin May Nagy Top 12
1973 Queensland Brisbane Susan Mainwaring Unplaced
1972 Western Australia Perth Kerry Anne Wells Miss Universe 1972
1971 New South Wales Sydney Suzanne Rayward 1st Runner-up
1970 New South Wales Sydney Joan Lydia Zealand 2nd Runner-up
1969 New South Wales Sydney Joanne Barret 2nd Runner-up
1968 New South Wales Sydney Lauren Jones Unplaced
Did not compete between 1966—1967
1965 Victoria Melbourne Pauline Verey Top 15
1964 Victoria Melbourne Ria Lubyen Unplaced
Did not compete between 1959—1963
1958 South Australia Adelaide Astrid Lindholm Unplaced
Did not compete between 1955—1957
1954 New South Wales Narrandera Shirley Bliss Unplaced
1953 New South Wales Sydney Maxine Morgan 4th Runner-up
1952 Victoria Melbourne Leah McCartney Unplaced

Winners' galleryEdit

State rankingsEdit

State Title Year
New South Wales 26 1953, 1954, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018
Victoria 12 1952, 1964, 1965, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1998, 2013, 2019, 2020
Queensland 9 1973, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010
Western Australia 6 1972, 1979, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2016
South Australia 3 1958, 1982, 2017
Capital Territory 1 2006

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Stanhope, Kate (29 June 2015). "NBC Cuts Ties With Donald Trump die "Derogatory Statements," Pulls Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b The age, 25 May 2005: Beauty quests looking more attractive
  3. ^ The Age, 9 June 2006: Who's a pretty girl, then?
  4. ^ Clarke, Jenna (10 February 2016). "Miss Universe Australia announces new boss Perth businessman Troy Barbagallo". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. ^ Costa, Alice (8 July 2011). "Perth beauty Scherri-Lee Biggs crowned Miss Universe Australia". Herald Sun.
  6. ^ "Here's Miss Universe Australia 2010 - Jesinta Campbell". The Daily Telegraph. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Townsville model Rachael Finch crowned Miss Universe Australia". Townsville Bulletin. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Meet Miss Universe Australia, Laura Dundovic". The Daily Telegraph. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Beauty stunned by win". Sunday Herald Sun. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Meet the new Miss Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 June 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  11. ^ "WA woman to represent Australia for Miss Universe". ABC News. 2 April 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Miss Australia, Crowned Miss Universe(R) 2004 During Live NBC Telecast On June 1". PR Newswire. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 13 February 2011.


"Aussie top three in Miss Universe". BigPond News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2011.

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