Australian Survivor

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Australian Survivor
Australian Survivor season 4 logo.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byCharlie Parsons
Presented by
StarringList of Australian Survivor contestants
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes92 (and 2 specials)
Executive producer(s)
  • Stephen Peters (2002)[1]
  • David Mason (2006)[2]
  • Amelia Fisk (2016-present)
  • Tim Toni (2006-present)[3]
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
(2002, 2006)
70-90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Castaway 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 showsInternational versions
External links
Official site

Australian Survivor (also known as Australian Celebrity Survivor during season two) is an Australian reality game show based on the popular international Survivor format.

Following the basic premise of other international versions of the format, the show features a group of contestants who 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 out by their fellow contestants until only one remains and is awarded the title of "Sole Australian Survivor" and the grand prize of A$500,000.

The series first aired in 2002 on the Nine Network, who hold the Australian broadcast rights to the American edition. In 2006, a celebrity edition aired on the Seven Network. Both incarnations 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 to air in 2017.[6] The fifth season aired in 2018, with the theme "Champions v Contenders."[7]


The show follows the same general format as the other editions of the show. 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 teams 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.

About halfway through the game, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions 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. Once only two people remain, the Final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the members of the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jurors must then cast their vote for which finalist should be awarded the title of Sole Australian Survivor and 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 in order to keep the players on their toes and to prevent players from relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons or other editions of the show. These changes have included tribal 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, special voting powers which can be used to influence the result at Tribal Council and players being given a chance to return following their elimination.


The first Australian version of the Survivor format was filmed in 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.[8] 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 continued to broadcast the American edition of the program ever since.[4] Since 2013, recent seasons air on Nine's secondary channel; 9Go! within hours of the original American airing.[9][10] Additionally, the complete American Survivor series has been made available on 10 All Access as of December 2018, including the previously unaired Survivor: Marquesas.[11]

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.[12]

In November 2015, Network Ten revealed at its upfronts event that it would air a new season featuring regular contestants to air in the last quarter of 2016.[13] 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.

Broadcast information[edit]

List of Australian Survivor seasons
Year Season Location Days Castaways Original tribes Winner Runner(s)-up Final vote Grand Prize Network
2002 1 Whaler's Way, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia 39 16 Two tribes of eight Rob Dickson Sciona Browne 5-2 $500,000
Ford V6 Escape
Nine Network
2006 Celebrity Survivor Efate, Shefa, Vanuatu 25 12 Two tribes of six, split by gender with the exception of one castaway Guy Leech Justin Melvey 3-2 $100,000
(for Charity)
Seven Network
2016 3 Upolu, Samoa 55 24 Three tribes of eight Kristie Bennett Lee Carseldine 8-1 $500,000 Network Ten
2017 4 Two tribes of twelve Jericho Malabonga Tara Pitt 6-3
2018 Champions vs. Contenders Savusavu, Fiji 50 Two tribes of twelve, divided by "champion" or "contender" status Shane Gould Sharn Coombes 5-4
Season Network Episodes Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale
1 Nine Network 13[a] Wednesday 8:30 pm 13 February 2002 15 May 2002
Celebrity Survivor Seven Network 12 Thursday 8:30 pm 17 August 2006 2 November 2006
3 Network Ten 26 Sunday, Monday
& Tuesday 7:30pm
21 August 2016 25 October 2016
4 26 30 July 2017 10 October 2017
Champions vs. Contenders 24 Wk 1-2: Wednesday & Thursday 7:30
Wk 2-onwards: Monday & Tuesday 7:30
1 August 2018 9 October 2018
  1. ^ In addition to the 13 regular episodes, two specials for the season were produced.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs.
2003 Logie Awards of 2003 Best Reality Program 2002 Season Nominated [14]
2017 Logie Awards of 2017 Best Reality Program 2016 Season Nominated [15]
7th AACTA Awards Best Reality Television Series 2017 Season Nominated [16]
Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment, Lifestyle Or Reality Series Richard Franc (Episode 1 - 2017 Season) Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Production Credits - Kalgoorie Cops". CI. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Celebrity Survivor joins Seven's new mid-year line-up" (PDF). Seven Network. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  3. ^ Ten, Network. "Credits". TenPlay - Credits. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b Knox, David (7 August 2015). "Could Survivor Australia's torch be lit once more?". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Seanna Cronin, "Channel 10 adds Survivor Australia to 2016 reality line-up"". The Northern Star. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Renewed: Australian Survivor". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Network Ten in 2018: New shows, new website + an Australian TV first". Mediaweek. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Survival of the fittest -". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Airdate: Survivor: Caramoan: Fans v Favourites". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Returning: Survivor". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  11. ^ Admin (31 October 2018). "Network 10 and CBS today announce 10 All Access - Includes past US Survivor seasons". Brink Of Reality. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Celebs to survive on 7". Herald Sun. 29 May 2006. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 2006-08-31..
  13. ^ Knox, David (19 November 2015). "TEN Upfronts 2016: Survivor, Jessica Marais, Anh Do -and Nigella!". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Australian Television: 2003 Logie Awards". Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Logie Awards 2017: nominees". TV Tonight. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  16. ^ "7TH AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel - All Winners - by Category" (PDF). AACTA. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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