Miss Universe Australia

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Miss Universe Australia Organization
Formation1952; 71 years ago (1952)
TypeBeauty pageant
  • Australia
Official language
Troy Barbagallo

Miss Universe Australia is a national beauty pageant that selects Australia's representative to the Miss Universe.


Miss Universe is a registered trademark owned by the Miss Universe Organization. It was owned by Donald Trump and NBC from 1996. 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.

Miss Universe Australia 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. 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 representing Australia: Kerry Anne Wells in 1972 and Jennifer Hawkins in 2004. Welles entered the Miss Universe pageant as Miss Australia; Hawkins was chosen Miss Universe Australia and went on to win the Miss Universe title in Quito.

New owner

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

The Road to Miss Universe Australia

The Road to Miss Universe Australia is a television special that is broadcast on Channel 9 & 9Life. It is produced by Mathew Knight Media in partnership with Pink Tank Events.

International crowns

Gallery of winners


Color keys

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year State of Origin City Miss Universe Australia Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
2024 TBA
2023  Victoria Melbourne Moraya Wilson[5] 2nd Runner-up
2022  New South Wales Sydney Monique Riley[6] Top 16
2021  Victoria Melbourne Daria Varlamova Unplaced
2020  Victoria Melbourne Maria Thattil Top 10
2019  Victoria Melbourne Priya Serrao Unplaced
2018  New South Wales Sydney Francesca Hung Top 20
2017  South Australia Adelaide Olivia Rogers Unplaced
2016  Western Australia Perth Caris Tiivel Unplaced
2015  New South Wales Sydney Monika Radulovic Top 5
2014  New South Wales Newcastle Tegan Martin Top 10
2013  Victoria Melbourne Olivia Wells Unplaced
2012  Western Australia Perth Renae Ayris 3rd Runner-up
2011  Western Australia Perth Scherri-Lee Biggs[7] Top 10
2010  Queensland Gold Coast Jesinta Campbell[8] 2nd Runner-up
  • Miss Congeniality
2009  Queensland Townsville Rachael Finch[9] 3rd Runner-up
2008  New South Wales Sydney Laura Dundovic[10] Top 10
2007  Queensland Gladstone Kimberley Busteed[11] Unplaced
2006  Australian Capital T. Canberra Erin McNaught[12] Unplaced
2005  Western Australia Perth Michelle Guy[13] Unplaced
2004  New South Wales Newcastle Jennifer Hawkins[14] Miss Universe 2004
2003  New South Wales Sydney Ashlea Talbot Unplaced
2002  Queensland Brisbane Sarah Davies Unplaced
2001 Did not compete
2000  New South Wales Sydney Samantha Frost Unplaced
1999  New South Wales Sydney Michelle Shead Unplaced
1998  Victoria Melbourne Renee Henderson Unplaced
1997  New South Wales Sydney Laura Csortan Unplaced
  • Miss Congeniality
1996  New South Wales Sydney Jodie McMullen Unplaced
  • Miss Congeniality
1995  New South Wales Sydney Jacqueline Shooter Unplaced
1994  Queensland Brisbane Michelle van Eimeren Unplaced
1993  Queensland Brisbane Voni Delfos Top 6
1992  Queensland Gold Coast Georgina Denahy Top 10
1991 Did not compete
1990  New South Wales Sydney Charmaine Ware Unplaced
1989  New South Wales Sydney Karen Wenden Unplaced
  • Miss Photogenic
1988  New South Wales Sydney Vanessa Lynn Gibson Unplaced
1987  New South Wales Sydney Jennine Leonarder Unplaced
1986  New South Wales Sydney Christina Bucat Unplaced
1985  Queensland Brisbane Elizabeth Bowly Unplaced
1984  Victoria Melbourne Donna Rudrum Unplaced
1983  New South Wales Sydney Simone Cox Unplaced
1982  Western Australia Perth Lou-Anne Ronchi Unplaced
1981  New South Wales Sydney Karen Sang Unplaced
1980  Victoria Melbourne Katrina Rose Unplaced
1979  Western Australia Perth Kerry Dunderdale Unplaced
1978  Victoria Melbourne Beverley Pinder Unplaced
1977  Victoria Melbourne Jill Maree Minahan Unplaced
1976  New South Wales Sydney Julie Anne Ismay 4th Runner-up
1975  New South Wales Sydney Jennifer Matthews Unplaced
1974  Victoria Melbourne Yasmin May Nagy Top 12
1973  Queensland Brisbane Susan Mainwaring Unplaced
1972  Western Australia Perth Kerry Anne Wells Miss Universe 1972
1971  New South Wales Sydney Suzanne Rayward 1st Runner-up
1970  New South Wales Sydney Joan Lydia Zealand 2nd Runner-up
1969  New South Wales Sydney Joanne Barret 2nd Runner-up
1968  New South Wales Sydney Lauren Jones Unplaced
Did not compete between 1966—1967
1965  Victoria Melbourne Pauline Verey Top 15
1964  Victoria Melbourne Ria Lubyen Unplaced
Did not compete between 1959—1963
1958  South Australia Adelaide Astrid Lindholm Unplaced
Did not compete between 1955—1957
1954  New South Wales Narrandera Shirley Bliss Unplaced
1953  New South Wales Sydney Maxine Morgan 4th Runner-up
1952  Victoria Melbourne Leah McCartney Unplaced

State rankings

State Title Year
New South Wales 27 1953, 1954, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2022
Victoria 14 1952, 1964, 1965, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1998, 2013, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
Queensland 9 1973, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010
Western Australia 6 1972, 1979, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2016
South Australia 3 1958, 1982, 2017
Capital Territory 1 2006

See also


  1. ^ Stanhope, Kate (29 June 2015). "NBC Cuts Ties With Donald Trump die "Derogatory Statements," Pulls Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b The age, 25 May 2005: Beauty quests looking more attractive
  3. ^ The Age, 9 June 2006: Who's a pretty girl, then?
  4. ^ Clarke, Jenna (10 February 2016). "Miss Universe Australia announces new boss Perth businessman Troy Barbagallo". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. ^ George, Owen (1 September 2023). "Moraya Wilson crowned Miss Universe Australia 2023". Gold Coast Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  6. ^ "Monique Riley is your Miss Universe Australia 2022". gcmag.com.au. 9 September 2022.
  7. ^ Costa, Alice (8 July 2011). "Perth beauty Scherri-Lee Biggs crowned Miss Universe Australia". Herald Sun.
  8. ^ "Here's Miss Universe Australia 2010 - Jesinta Campbell". The Daily Telegraph. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Townsville model Rachael Finch crowned Miss Universe Australia". Townsville Bulletin. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Meet Miss Universe Australia, Laura Dundovic". The Daily Telegraph. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Beauty stunned by win". Sunday Herald Sun. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Meet the new Miss Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 June 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  13. ^ "WA woman to represent Australia for Miss Universe". ABC News. 2 April 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Miss Australia, Crowned Miss Universe(R) 2004 During Live NBC Telecast On June 1". PR Newswire. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 13 February 2011.


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

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