AACTA Award for Best Reality Television Series

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Best Reality Television Series
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded 2013
Currently held by The Amazing Race Australia (2012)
Official website http://www.aacta.org

The AACTA Award for Best Reality Television Series is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), a non-profit organisation whose aim is to "identify, award, promote and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television."[1] The award is presented at the annual AACTA Awards, which hand out accolades for achievements in feature film, television, documentaries and short films.[2] The award was first introduced in 2012, for the 2nd AACTA Awards in 2013, due to the growth of reality television productions in Australia. Reality television productions could previously be submitted in the Best Light Entertainment Series category.[3]

To be eligible, the production being submitted must: be significantly non-scripted; "involve participants being placed in an environment or format in which the premise, circumstances or situations they encounter are manipulated for the purposes of creating the program"; be no less than four episodes of at least half an hour in length; not be a news, current affairs, light entertainment or documentary series; and not be a production that requires a producer to set up a situation "that is then observed with minimal further intervention by the producers".[4] The winner of the award is the producer of the program.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Program Network Recipient
The Amazing Race Australia Seven Network David Gardner and Matthew Kowald
Masterchef Australia (series 4) Network Ten Tim Toni
My Kitchen Rules (series 3) Seven Network Matt Apps, Greg Swanborough and Evan Wilkes
The Voice Nine Network Julie Ward
MasterChef Australia: The Professionals Network Ten Margaret Bashfield, David McDonald, Mark Barlin, and Tim Toni
Australia's Got Talent (series 7) Nine Network Greg Beness and Steve Kelly
My Kitchen Rules (series 4) Seven Network Rikkie Proost, Matt Apps, Evan Wilkes and Greg Swanborough
The X Factor (series 4) Seven Network Jonathon Summerhayes
The Voice Nine Network Julie Ward
MasterChef Australia Network Ten Margaret Bashfield, Dave Forrester, David McDonald, and Keely Sonntag
The Voice Kids Nine Network Julie Ward
The X Factor Seven Network Jonathon Summerhayes


  1. ^ "AACTA - The Academy". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "AACTA - The Academy - The Awards". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Vicky Roach (9 May 2012). "AACTA Awards bow to reality TV". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited (News Corporation)). Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Part2: Rule 8 - Special Conditions for Television Programs (Reality Television Series)" (PDF). 2013 AACTA Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute (AFI). Retrieved 8 December 2012. 

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