11 Feb 2015

Australia invited to join Eurovision

12:14 pm on 11 February 2015

Organisers of the Eurovision song competition have invited Australia to take part in this year's show - to mark the competition's 60th anniversary.

Conchita Wurst of Austria performs "Rise Like A Phoenix" after winning the Eurovision Song Contest.

Conchita Wurst of Austria performs "Rise Like A Phoenix" after winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: AFP

They said Australia would be fast-tracked to the final, which would be hosted this May in Vienna.

The European Broadcasting Union said it was a daring and incredibly exciting move that would elevate the show to a "new global level".

The Australia broadcaster, SBS, which has aired Eurovision for more than 30 years, said it was thrilled Australia would be represented on the world's biggest stage.

Australia would be allowed to vote in both semi-finals and the grand final.