Australian Survivor

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For the second season of the American edition set in Australia, see Survivor: The Australian Outback.
Australian Survivor season 3 logo.jpg
Australian Survivor logo for season 3
Genre Reality competition
Created by Charlie Parsons
Presented by
  • Lincoln Howes (season 1)
  • Ian Dickson (Celebrity)
  • TBA (season 3)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 25
Executive producer(s)
  • Stephen Peters (Season 1)[1]
  • David Mason (Celebrity)[2]
  • Peter Newman & Amilia Fisk (Season 3)[3]
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Original network
Original release 13 February 2002 (2002-02-13) – present
Related shows International versions

Australian Survivor (known as Celebrity Survivor and Australian Celebrity Survivor during season two) is an Australian reality game show based on the popular international Survivor format. The series first aired in 2002 on the Nine Network, which also holds the broadcast rights to the American series. In 2006, a celebrity version aired on the Seven Network. Both incarnations 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]

Format and rules[edit]

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 off one of their players.

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, while most that are voted out at this stage form the "Tribal Council Jury". Once down to two people, a final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the jury members. The jury then votes for which player should be considered the "Sole Survivor" and win the show's prize.


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 continue to broadcast the American Survivor. [6] The program was criticized 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[4]. Since 2013, recent seasons air on Nine's secondary channel; GO! 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 unique distinction of being one of the few Australian programs to have aired across all three commercial networks in Australia.


Season Season premiere Season finale Network Location Days Initial Tribes Winner Runner up Final vote
1 13 February 2002 (2002-02-13) 15 May 2002 (2002-05-15) Nine Network Eyre Peninsula, South Australia 39 Two Tribes of Eight Rob Dickson Sciona Browne 5-2
2 (Celebrity) 17 August 2006 (2006-08-17) 2 November 2006 (2006-11-02) Seven Network Efate, Vanuatu 25 Two tribes of six, made up of five members of one gender and one of the other Guy Leech Justin Melvey 3-2
3 2016 (2016) TBA Network Ten TBA TBA TBA 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 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. 
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  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. 

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