Miss Universe Australia
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.
Since 1992, Jim Davie, a distributor of swimwear and athletic wear, has also been managing the Miss Australia Awards. In 2002, Davie obtained the licence from the Miss Universe Organisation to select Miss Universe Australia to represent Australia at international Miss Universe pageants. The current national director of the Miss Universe Australia Organisation is Deborah Miller, who also runs a modeling agency, both of which are based in South Yarra, Victoria.
A Miss Universe Australia pageant is held in the middle of 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 2006 there were 20 participants in the national pageant; in 2015 there were 35.
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.
There was no Australian entrant to the Miss Universe pageant in 2001. In 2002 through 2004, the Australian representative to the Miss Universe pageant was chosen by the modeling agency owned by Deborah Miller. Although such "castings" are generally discouraged by the Miss Universe Organization, Jennifer Hawkins was named Miss Universe Australia 2004 and went on to become Miss Universe 2004. The national Miss Universe Australia pageant was initiated 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.
There have been two Miss Universe title holders from Australia: Kerry Anne Wells in 1972 and Jennifer Hawkins in 2004. Welles entered the Miss Universe pageant as Miss Australia; and Hawkins was chosen Miss Universe Australia by the modelling agency and went on to win the Miss Universe title in Quito, Ecuador.
In February, 2016, was announced that the new boss of Miss Universe Australia is Troy Barbagallo, appointed by IMG. 
- Color Key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as Runner-Up
- Ended as one of the Finalists or Semifinalists
|Year||Miss Universe Australia||City||Region||Placement||Special Awards|
|2015||Monika Radulovic||Sydney||New South Wales||4th Runner-up|
|2014||Tegan Martin||Newcastle||New South Wales||Top 10 Finalist|
|2012||Renae Ayris||Perth||Western Australia||3rd Runner-Up|
|2011||Scherri-Lee Biggs||Perth||Western Australia||Top 10 Finalist|
|2010||Jesinta Campbell||Gold Coast||Queensland||2nd Runner-Up||Miss Congeniality|
|2009||Rachael Finch||Townsville||Queensland||3rd Runner-Up|
|2008||Laura Dundovic||Sydney||New South Wales||Top 10 Finalist|
|2006||Erin McNaught||Canberra||Australian Capital Territory|
|2005||Michelle Guy||Perth||Western Australia|
|2004||Jennifer Hawkins||Newcastle||New South Wales||Miss Universe 2004|
Australian representatives at Miss Universe pageants
- 1968 – Lauren Jones
- 1969 – Joanne Barret — 2nd runner up
- 1970 – Joan Lydia Zealand — 2nd runner up
- 1971 – Tony Suzanne Rayward — 1st runner up
- 1972 – Kerry Anne Wells — Miss Universe 1972
- 1973 – Susan Mainwaring
- 1974 – Yasmin May Nagy — semi-finalist
- 1975 – Jennifer Matthews
- 1976 – Julie Anne Ismay — 4th runner up
- 1977 – Jill Maree Minahan
- 1978 – Beverly Frances Pinder
- 1979 – Kerry Dunderdale
- 1980 – Katrina Judith Rose Redina
- 1981 – Karen Sang
- 1982 – Lou-Anne Caroline Ronchi (Miss Universe & Miss International - semi-finalist)
- 1983 – Simone Cox
- 1984 – Donna Thelma Rudrum
- 1985 – Elizabeth Rowly
- 1986 – Lucinda Bucat (Miss Universe & Miss International 86)
- 1987 – Jennine Susan Leonarder
- 1988 – Vanessa Gibson
- 1989 – Karen Wenden (Miss Universe, Miss Photogenic)
- 1990 – Charmaine Ware
- 1991 – nil
- 1992 – Georgina Denahy — semi-finalist
- 1993 – Voni Delfos — finalist
- 1994 – Michelle van Eimeren
- 1995 – Jacqueline Shooter
- 1996 – Jodie McMullen
- 1997 – Laura Csortan (Miss Universe-, Miss Amity & Miss world - semi-finalist)
- 1998 – Renee Henderson
- 1999 – Michelle Shead
- 2000 – Samantha Frost
Representatives to Miss Universe contest after Miss Australia Awards ceased:
- 2002 – Sarah Davies
- 2003 – Ashlea Talbot
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