Sebastien Ogier elects to start second after setting fastest qualifying time. His Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala will start first on the road.
Robert Kubica and Michele Ferrara will undoubtedly be the main attraction at the thirteenth and final round of the season.
Robert Kubica claimed the FIA WRC2 crown at the end of a perfect season.
WRC2 driver Robert Kubica and co-driver Maciek Baran moved up to one of the Abu Dhabi Citroën World Rally DS3s for the Wales Rally Great Britain
Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena returned with Citroen for Rallye de France - Citroen's and Loeb's home race.
Emirati driver passes another awkward test in Abu Dhabi Citroën.
In his Volkswagen Polo R, Sebastien Ogier only has one day left in Australia to notch another WRC victory.
Just days before the start of the FIA European Rally Championship event, Robert Kubica crashed while preparing for the event in his homeland.
Khalid Al-Qassimi and Scott Martin ended the day in the top 10 of the overall standings in the third DS3 WRC.
The World Rally Championship started Rally Australia on a new stage in Coffs Harbour with Mikkelsen over Meeke and Latvala.
In the WRC2, Citroen driver Robert Kubica enjoyed a magnificent duel with Elfyn Evans
SS13 was the final stage of the day due to a fatal accident of non-World Rally Championship competitors which cancelled SS14.