The ninth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model began airing 30 April 2015 on Fox8. Jennifer Hawkins and Alex Perry returned judges for this season, while Cheyenne Tozzi was added as a new co-mentor alongside Didier Cohen, who was formerly a judge on the previous season.
The prizes for this cycle included a one-year modelling contract with IMG Sydney, a trip to New York City for New York Fashion Week valued at A$20,000 thanks to TRESemmé, a brand new Mazda 2 Genki, and an editorial spread in Elle Australia.
The winner of the competition was 20 year-old Brittany Beattie from Whittlesea, Victoria.
This series saw 12 new contestants with a thirteenth cast member added in as a wildcard contestant. In contrast to the former two cycles there was no casting episode this season. A new scoring system was implemented on the show, with models receiving a score on both the challenges and shoots to determine who would go home. This system replaced the show's pervious elimination format, where the name of each contestant was called in order of merit.
All applying contestants were required to be aged 16 to 21 in order to apply for the show. Those auditioning had to be at least 172 centimetres (68 in) tall. To qualify, all applicants had to be an Australian citizen currently living in Australia. Additional requirements stated that a contestant could not have had previous experience as a model in a national campaign within the last five years, and if a contestant was represented by an agent or a manager, she had to terminate that representation prior to the competition.
Auditions were held once in Newcastle, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth. They were held in two different venues in Sydney and Melbourne.
In addition to the audition tour, an online selfie competition dubbed 'Australia's Next Top Selfie' was held for models who were unable to show up for the auditions. Applicants were required to submit a photograph tagged #antmselfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. All live audition requirements still applied. The winner of the competition, later revealed on the show to be 18 year-old Zahra Thalari from Sydney, was granted a spot within the final cast.
Instead of finding a replacement for the late Charlotte Dawson the show opted to include a special guest judge each week. Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh explained: "The whole team on the show has been deeply affected by the loss of Charlotte earlier this year. We feel the series will never be the same without her and in 2015 we will welcome a special guest judge each week to join the judging panel as in our minds Charlotte is irreplaceable." The guest judges for this year included Alessandra Ambrosio, Alexandra Agoston, Alyssa Sutherland, Coco Rocha, Elyse Taylor, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, Linda Evangelista, Megan Gale, and Tyra Banks.
(Ages stated are at start of contest)Jennifer Hawkins (host)
Cheyenne Tozzi - mentor
Didier Cohen - mentor
(Total and average scores on the table only reflect scores calculated from the full sets added during panel)
Indicates the contestant had the highest score that week.
Indicates the contestant was eliminated that week.
Indicates the contestant had the lowest score that week, but was not eliminated.
The contestant was eliminated
The contestant tied for last place, but was saved
The contestant won the competition