|National selection events|
|Appearances||5 (5 finals)|
|Best result||2nd: 2016|
Eurovision – Australia Decides website
|Australia's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020
Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest five times since their debut in 2015 and has been in the top ten four times. They are the second country outside of the Eurasia region with Morocco competing in the 1980 contest. The country's best result in the contest is a second-place finish for Dami Im in 2016. Australia also finished in the top ten in three of its other appearances in the contest, with Guy Sebastian finishing fifth in 2015, and both Isaiah Firebrace and Kate Miller-Heidke finishing ninth in 2017 and 2019.
Initially, Australia's participation in the 2015 contest was set to be a one-off event, the plan being only to perform again the following year had they won, but it was confirmed in November 2015 by SVT that they would participate in the 2016 contest. Australia's participation in the contest has been confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) until 2023.
Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) first broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in 1983 and has continued to do so every year since. The contest has attracted a strong viewing audience in Australia, primarily because a significant proportion of the population have ancestry in Europe (in particular in the United Kingdom). Early broadcasts of the Contest in Australia either featured no commentary or used the United Kingdom's commentary as transmitted by the BBC. In 2001, actress and comedian Mary Coustas provided commentary for the Contest performing as her comedic character Effie. In 2003 and 2004, SBS presenter Des Mangan provided commentary for the Australian audience. From 2009, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang were assigned as commentators for the competition by SBS. 2017 saw SBS replace the commentators with comedian Joel Creasey and TV and radio personality Myf Warhurst. In addition to broadcasting the contest, SBS has also broadcast the 50th and 60th anniversary programmes.
From 2010 to 2014, SBS allowed Australian viewers to participate in their own televote for the Grand Finals. However, these votes were not counted at the actual contest and did not affect the overall result. The SBS commentary team and Australian delegation were awarded a commentary booth of their own at the 2012 contest in Baku. They have been allocated a commentary booth every year since.
Australia's first appearance in the international broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest occurred on 14 May 2013 during the first semi-final in Malmö, Sweden. A short pre-recorded video titled "Greetings from Australia" (also referred to as "Why Australia Loves Eurovision"), submitted by SBS and hosted by Julia Zemiro, was broadcast during the interval acts. This presentation marked 30 years of broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia, and was preceded the week leading up to the contest by a locally broadcast documentary, also hosted by Zemiro, titled The Heart of Eurovision. On 24 March 2014, the Danish broadcaster DR gave permission to SBS to perform as an interval act in the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2014. One day later, on 25 March, Jessica Mauboy was internally selected to perform. On 8 May 2014, Mauboy sang her song "Sea of Flags".
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) made the country's debut at the 2015 Contest with the song "Tonight Again" a song written and performed by Guy Sebastian. Although Australia is outside the European Broadcasting Area, the European Broadcasting Union and Austrian host broadcaster ORF decided to permit an Australian entry to commemorate the 60th Contest. The special circumstances surrounding Australia's entry and "to not reduce the chances" of the semi-final participants led the organisers to allow Australia to compete directly in the grand final without pre-qualification. In the event that Australia should win the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU had confirmed that in accordance with the rules, Australia would not host the event in the southern hemisphere, and instead would co-host the contest within a country in the EBU. Further to the EBU's statement it was confirmed that Germany and their broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) would be the first choice, and United Kingdom's broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) being the back-up hosts should Germany decline.
Although Australia's participation in 2015 was announced as a one-off event, it was confirmed on 17 November 2015 that Australia would participate in the 2016 contest. Unlike in 2015, Australia did not receive automatic qualification. On 7 October 2015, it was announced that Australia would make its debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 after SBS was invited to perform in the contest. The Australian candidate for the 2016 contest was Dami Im with her song "Sound of Silence" which won the second semi final before finishing second behind Ukraine.
Australia continued its participation at the 2017 contest following their success the previous year. On 7 March 2017 at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in the city of Melbourne, Australia, SBS announced former X Factor Australia winner Isaiah Firebrace as Australia's entry into the 62nd instalment of the contest. With the song "Don't Come Easy", Isaiah participated in the first semi-final on 9 May, then the finals on 13 May in which Australia placed 9th.
Australia competed in the 2018 contest, selecting Jessica Mauboy as the artist to represent the country. Although this continued Australia's track record of perfect attendance in the final (a record it now only shares with Ukraine), it was the first instance of them not finishing in the top ten, ending in twentieth place with 99 points (only nine of which came from the televote, the first time Australia finished last in the televote).
It was announced that for the first time, 2019 will provide Australians the opportunity to choose their Eurovision representative. The Eurovision - Australia Decides national final took place on 9 February 2019, with a 50/50 say between an Australian jury and a televote to determine who will represent Australia at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. Eurovision – Australia Decides was hosted in Gold Coast, Queensland by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey. The winner was Kate Miller-Heidke with the song "Zero Gravity". Electric Fields, who were the runner-up in Australia Decides, were selected as the announcers of Australia's jury points. Australia finished 9th in the 2019 contest, after winning the First Semi-Final.
SBS announced it would host Eurovision – Australia Decides – Gold Coast 2020 to choose their representative for the 2020 contest. The event was held on the Gold Coast from 7–8 February. Australia's participation in the contest has been confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union and SBS until 2023.
|Entry selected but did not compete|
|Guy Sebastian||English||"Tonight Again"||
|Dami Im||English||"Sound of Silence"||
|Isaiah||English||"Don't Come Easy"||
|Jessica Mauboy||English||"We Got Love"||
|Kate Miller-Heidke||English||"Zero Gravity"||
|Montaigne||English||"Don't Break Me"||Contest cancelled[b] X|
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
|2016||Composer Award||"Sound of Silence"||Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci||Dami Im||2||511||Stockholm|||
|2019||Artistic Award||"Zero Gravity"||Kate Miller-Heidke, Keir Nuttall, Julian Hamilton||Kate Miller-Heidke||9||285||Tel Aviv|||
The public broadcaster of each participating country in the Eurovision Song Contest assigns a head of delegation as the EBU's contact person and the leader of their delegation at the event. The delegation, whose size can greatly vary, includes a head of press, the contestants, songwriters, composers and backing vocalists, among others.
|Year||Head of delegation||Ref.|
A five-member jury panel consisting of music industry professionals is made up for every participating country for the semi-finals and Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, ranking all entries except for their own country's contribution. The juries' votes add 50% to the overall result alongside televoting.
|Year||1st member||2nd member||3rd member||4th member||5th member||Ref.|
|Amanda Pelman||Richard Wilkins||Danielle Spencer||Ash London||Jake Stone|
|Monica Trapaga||Shannon Noll||Myf Warhurst||James Mathison||Craig Porteils|
|Lucy Durack||Natasha Cupitt||Steven Capaldo||Jackie Loeb||Peter Hayward|
|Richard Wilkins||Zan Rowe||Jordan Raskopoulos||L-FRESH the Lion||Millie Millgate|
|Mark Humphries||Christine Anu||Lewis Hobba||Alice Chance||Mark Cummins|
|2001||Effie (Mary Coustas)||None||Did not participate|||
|2002||Terry Wogan[a]||None||Did not participate|
|2003||Des Mangan||None||Did not participate|||
|2004||Des Mangan||None||Did not participate|||
|2005||Terry Wogan[a]||None||Did not participate|||
|2006||Terry Wogan[a]||None||Did not participate|
|2007||Terry Wogan[a]||None||Did not participate|
|2008||Terry Wogan[a]||None||Did not participate|
|2009||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Did not participate|||
|2010||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Did not participate|||
|2011||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Did not participate|||
|2012||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Did not participate|||
|2013||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Did not participate|||
|2014||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Did not participate|||
|2015||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Lee Lin Chin|||
|2016||Julia Zemiro||Sam Pang||Lee Lin Chin|||
|2017||Myf Warhurst||Joel Creasey||Lee Lin Chin|||
|2018||Myf Warhurst||Joel Creasey||Ricardo Gonçalves|||
|2019||Myf Warhurst||Joel Creasey||Electric Fields|||
Although not actively participating at the Eurovision Song Contest prior to the 2013 semifinal interval presentation, Australia has appeared in the contest incidentally in a number of ways: