Miss Universe Australia

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Miss Universe Australia
Motto Australian's Most beautiful, Talented, Educated and Confident Young Woman
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Perth
Miss Universe
Official language
Troy Barbagallo
Website missuniverseaustralia.com

Miss Universe Australia is a national Beauty pageant that has selected Australia's representative to the Miss Universe pageant since 2005.


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.[1]

Since 1992, Jim Davie, a distributor of swimwear and athletic wear, has also been managing the Miss Australia Awards.[2] In 2002, Davie obtained the licence from the Miss Universe Organisation to select Miss Universe Australia to represent Australia at international Miss Universe pageants.[3] The new national director of the Miss Universe Australia Organisation is Troy Barbagallo of Pink Tank Events. Pink Tank have managed the Miss Universe Western Australia pageant since 2009 and was rewarded for their best in world platform with the national job in February 2016. Barbagallo is also a director of Barbagallo Group, luxury motor vehicle group and The Horologist, a leading luxury watch dealer. Barbagallo founded Box Magazine in 2003.

A Miss Universe Australia pageant is held 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 2016 there are over 220 participants in the national pageant of which 30 are competing in the National Final.


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.

In 1952 Leah MacCartney was the first Miss Universe Australia. She was Miss Victoria and later elected as Miss Universe Australia 1952 on 16 June 1952 in Melbourne.

In 1958 the independent pageant selected Miss Universe Australia. Miss Universe Australia partnered to Australian Photographic Agency (APA).

In 1964 and 1965 Miss Universe Australia selected by Agency casting in Melbourne.

Between 1968 and 1976 the winners of Quest of Quests Dream Girl Australia represented Australia at Miss Universe.

Between 1977 and 1990 the winners of Miss Australia Beauty or Miss Universe Australia by TVW Enterprises represented Australia at Miss Universe.

There was no Australian entrant to the Miss Universe pageant in 1991 and 2001. In 2002 through 2004, the Australian representative to the Miss Universe pageant was chosen by a national pageant held in Sydney, organised by Adpro Management Group.

The national Miss Universe Australia pageant came under new management 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.[2]

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 and went on to win the Miss Universe title in Quito, Ecuador.

New owner[edit]

In February 2016, was announced that the new boss of Miss Universe Australia is Troy Barbagallo, appointed by IMG. [4]


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
2017 Olivia Rogers Adelaide South Australia TBA TBA
2016 Caris Tiivel Perth Western Australia Unplaced
2015 Monika Radulovic Sydney New South Wales Top 5
2014 Tegan Martin Newcastle New South Wales Top 10
2013 Olivia Wells Melbourne Victoria Unplaced
2012 Renae Ayris Perth Western Australia 3rd Runner-Up
2011 Scherri-Lee Biggs[5] Perth Western Australia Top 10
2010 Jesinta Franklin[6] Gold Coast Queensland 2nd Runner-Up Miss Congeniality
2009 Rachael Finch[7] Townsville Queensland 3rd Runner-Up
2008 Laura Dundovic[8] Sydney New South Wales Top 10
2007 Kimberley Busteed[9] Gladstone Queensland Unplaced
2006 Erin McNaught[10] Canberra Australian Capital T. Unplaced
2005 Michelle Guy[11] Perth Western Australia Unplaced
2004 Jennifer Hawkins[12] Holmesville New South Wales Miss Universe 2004
2003 Ashlea Talbot Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
2002 Sarah Davies Brisbane Queensland Unplaced
2000 Samantha Frost Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1999 Michelle Shead Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1998 Renee Henderson Melbourne Victoria Unplaced
1997 Laura Csortan Sydney New South Wales Unplaced Miss Congeniality
1996 Jodie McMullen Sydney New South Wales Unplaced Miss Congeniality
1995 Jacqueline Shooter Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1994 Michelle van Eimeren Brisbane Queensland Unplaced
1993 Voni Delfos Brisbane Queensland Top 6
1992 Georgina Denahy Gold Coast Queensland Top 10
1990 Charmaine Ware Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1989 Karen Wenden Sydney New South Wales Unplaced Miss Photogenic
1988 Vanessa Lynn Gibson Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1987 Jennine Leonarder Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1986 Christina Bucat Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1985 Elizabeth Rowly Brisbane Queensland Unplaced
1984 Donna Rudrum Melbourne Victoria Unplaced
1983 Simone Cox Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1982 Lou-Anne Ronchi Adelaide South Australia Unplaced
1981 Karen Sang Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1980 Katrina Rose Melbourne Victoria Unplaced
1979 Kerry Dunderdale Perth Western Australia Unplaced
1978 Beverly Pinder Melbourne Victoria Unplaced
1977 Jill Maree Minahan Melbourne Victoria Unplaced
1976 Julie Anne Ismay Sydney New South Wales 4th Runner-up
1975 Jennifer Matthews Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1974 Yasmin May Nagy Melbourne Victoria Top 12
1973 Susan Mainwaring Brisbane Queensland Unplaced
1972 Kerry Anne Wells Perth Western Australia Miss Universe 1972
1971 Suzanne Rayward Sydney New South Wales 1st Runner-up
1970 Joan Lydia Zealand Sydney New South Wales 2nd Runner-up
1969 Joanne Barret Sydney New South Wales 2nd Runner-up
1968 Lauren Jones Sydney New South Wales Unplaced
1965 Pauline Verey Melbourne Victoria Top 15
1964 Ria Lubyen Melbourne Victoria Unplaced
1958 Astrid Lindholm Adelaide South Australia Unplaced
1954 Shirley Bliss Narrandera New South Wales Unplaced
1953 Maxine Morgan Sydney New South Wales 4th Runner-up
1952 Leah McCartney Melbourne Victoria Unplaced

Winners' gallery[edit]

See also[edit]



"Aussie top three in Miss Universe". BigPond News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 

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