Australian Survivor

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Australian Survivor
Australian Survivor season 3 logo.jpg
Promotional logo for season 3
Genre Reality competition
Created by Charlie Parsons
Presented by
Starring List of Australian Survivor contestants
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 25 (and 2 specials)
Executive producer(s)
  • Stephen Peters (2002)[1]
  • David Mason (2006)[2]
  • Peter Newman (2016)
    Amilia Fisk (2016)[3]
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Castaway Television
Endermol Shine Australia
Original network
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2002)
1080i (HDTV) (2006)
Original release Original series:
13 February 2002 –
15 May 2002
First revived series:
17 August 2006 —
2 November 2006
Second revived series:
Late 2016 – present
Related shows International versions
External links
This article is about the Australian version of Survivor. For the second season of the American edition set in Australia, see Survivor: The Australian Outback.

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, it 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 given the title of "Sole Australian Survivor" and is awarded 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 Ten Network, at its network upfronts, announced that it would be reviving the series in 2016.[5] The series is expected to air in late 2016.


Further information: Survivor (TV series) § Format

The show follows the same general format as the other editions of the show. The players are split between two "tribes", are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for an extended period of time. 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 players out of the game.

Once about half the players are remaining, 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 form the "Tribal Council Jury". Once down to two people, 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 jury then votes for which finalist should be considered the "Sole Australian Survivor" and be awarded the grand prize of A$500,000 (or a A$100,000 charity prize in the celebrity season).


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. [6] The program was criticised by fans and critics for poor casting and lower production value to 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 .[7][8]

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.[9]

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.[10] This new season gives Australian Survivor the distinction of being one of the few Australian programs to have aired across all three commercial networks in Australia.


List of Australian Survivor seasons
No Season title Season
Network Location Days Initial Tribes Winner Runner-up Final Vote
Survivor 1
13 February,
15 May,
Nine Network Whaler's Way,
Eyre Peninsula,
South Australia
39 Two tribes of eight Rob Dickson Sciona Browne 5-2
17 August,
2 November,
Seven Network Efate,
25 Two tribes of six celebrities, made up of five members of one gender and one of the other Guy Leech Justin Melvey 3-2
Survivor 3
TBA Network Ten Samoa[11] 55 Three tribes of eight [12] TBA TBA TBA

Logo history[edit]

Australian Survivor logos
Season 1 logo
Season 1 logo 
Season 2 logo
Season 2 logo 
Season 3 logo
Season 3 promotional logo 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Production Credits - Kalgoorie Cops". CI. 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. ^ Knox, David (27 November 2015). "Fans flood TEN with Australian Survivor applications". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  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. ^ "Survival of the fittest -". Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Airdate: Survivor: Caramoan: Fans v Favourites". 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Returning: Survivor". 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  9. ^ "Celebs to survive on 7". Herald Sun. 2006-05-29. Retrieved 2006-08-31. .
  10. ^ Knox, David (19 November 2015). "TEN Upfronts 2016: Survivor, Jessica Marais, Anh Do -and Nigella!". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Moran, Jonathon. "Australian version of Survivor will be filmed in tropical paradise of Samoa". 
  12. ^

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