RSVP Summary

RSVP is one of the largest dating sites dedicated to singles in Australia. This service has been in operation for over 15 years and currently has about 1.6 million members with about 1,200 new members joining on average everyday.

Regions: Australia

Service Type: Android App, General, iPhone / iPad App, Regional

Looking For: Dating, Friends, Long-Term, Marriage, Penpal

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New Study Shows Online Daters Aren’t So Picky

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Online Daters are no so Picky!

Do you have a “wish list” for a future romantic partner? For instance, do you have a preference for height, career, body type, or whether or not your match is into yoga? Most of us do have a wish list for an ideal partner, but a new study shows that we tend to ditch those lists when we go searching for matches online.

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology analyzed the dating preferences and contact behavior of more than 41,000 Australians between 18-80 on dating website RSVP. What they found was that despite the fact that most online daters have a clear list of preferences for their ideal partners, they still contacted people who bore no resemblance to these preferences. The study was conducted by behavioural economists Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler.

Study Shows Education Matters to Online Daters

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Education and Dating

It’s no secret that online daters place a lot of importance on how their potential dates look, swiping left and right based on profile pictures. As it turns out, beauty is only part of the equation. Smarts count, too. For many online daters, the level of education you’ve attained matters – as long as it matches theirs.

A recent study by Queensland University of Technology found that online daters tend to select partners who have completed the same level of formal education; in other words, like attracts like.

Researchers studied the interactions of almost 42,000 online daters from Australia with a large age range, from 18 to 80. They gathered data from participants using the dating site during a four-month period in 2016.

Dating Site RSVP Is Hooking Up…With Oasis Active

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Usually when we talk about online dating and hook-ups, it’s to discuss what everybody’s using Tinder for. Today, it’s about a $90 million merger agreement between Fairfax Media’s RSVP dating website and Ten Network Holdings-backed Oasis Active. The two are teaming up amid growing overseas competition in the online dating market.

Prior to the merger, RSVP was wholly owned by Fairfax, while Ten controlled about 40% of Oasis and shared the registry with other investors including co-founders David Heysen and Daniel Haigh, former Star City, Engin and Solution 6 boss Neil Gamble. Although the companies have been rivals at each other’s throats for some time, they’re now putting aside their differences for a marriage of convenience (but plan to keep their maiden names and their respective management teams).

Following the transaction (which will be conducted in a combination of cash and RSVP shares), Fairfax will have a 58% stake, Ten will hold 17%, and Heysen and Haigh will hold 14% of the company. Their combined business will be managed collectively by the RSVP and Oasis executive teams.

The merger is part of a larger trend for Fairfax over the past two years. Fairfax, the publisher of Business Day, has sold a number of digital assets in that time, including online accommodation business Stayz to United States rental operator HomeAway for $220 million and New Zealand auction website Trade Me in late 2012. Fairfax purchased RSVP, Australia’s largest dating website, in 2005.

Oasis launched in 2008 and is now one of Australia's largest free online dating sites. It has an overseas presence in countries including Colombia, Chile and Mexico, but that’s not enough to take on huge international rivals like eHarmony and Tinder. RSVP and Oasis hope that, by combining forces, they can reach new markets neither company could touch individually.

"Oasis has always admired the RSVP brand in Australia and we look forward to working with a business that has been one of the major players in the Australian market for more than 15 years," Mr Heysen says. “Together we can ensure that we continue to develop our products to cater for a wider range of the Australian singles market as well as collectively develop ways to best leverage rapidly changing technology.”

“Oasis and RSVP are two of the strongest brands in the online dating market in Australia, and together they will be even stronger,” adds Ten Network’s Chief Digital Officer, Rebekah Horne. “The partnership of Ten Network, Fairfax, Oasis and RSVP will create a powerful business with myriad growth opportunities, here and overseas.”

New Research Shows Who’s Dating Online in Australia

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It seems Australians have gotten over the stigma that used to come with online dating. The majority of singles (51%) said they have either tried online dating or are willing to give it a shot. It seems more and more are looking outside their own networks of friends, colleagues and family to pursue a romantic relationship.

So if you're a resident, you might be wondering: who would I be meeting through an online dating site?

Two of the country's most popular online dating sites, eHarmony and RSVP, have pulled research from their membership to reveal the typical Australian online dater. So in case you were wondering, now's your chance to find out before you sign up.

According to eHarmony, which has a user base of about two million in the country, the average Australian online dater has never been married, is in her (or his) early to mid-thirties and works as a teacher. The next most popular professions for females are nursing and retail, and for men - truck driving. It makes sense that singles in such isolated professions, some with shifting schedules, would look for love online.

"Plenty of research exists showing that many people meet their partner at work," eHarmony spokeswoman Sarah Mason told the Sydney Morning Herald. "However, a large number work in an environment which is not conducive to developing meaningful romantic relationships. Others may be too time-poor, or just shirk at the thought of making small talk in a noisy bar after a long day at work."

The research from dating site RSVP differed a bit from eHarmony, however. According to them, the most popular age group is between 25-34, followed by 35-44 year-olds. For these members, the most popular occupation is in healthcare, followed by education and science.

Not surprisingly, most of the women on RSVP want men who are a few inches taller. Both sexes prefer people with green eyes. Also, vegetarians have a 37% higher success rate with other vegetarians on the site.

RSVP has about two million members as well.

While this research paints a picture of the typical online dater in Australia, especially in terms of professions they hold, it doesn't reference all of the diversity found online. Let's face it: people have all different backgrounds, preferences, and reasons for joining a dating site. Variety of choice is more important to online dating than knowing the "types" of people you might see online when you join. People connect based on chemistry, not on profession, height preference, or even the type of food you enjoy. So date with an open mind.

2012 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Australian

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2012 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Australian

The recipient of the 2012 Editor's Top Pick - Australian Award goes to RSVP. is Australia’s most visited online dating site. They have more than 1,200 new singles joining everyday through their website and via the mobile phone dating applications.

Mobile dating is now a major part of RSVP. Not only do they have a mobile web version of their dating site but they offer a dating app on both the iPhone and Android smartphones. With the dating app you can search for singles using a wide range of options, view and update your profile and send and receive emails and kisses. You can also see who has viewed your profile and who has read your email. Purchasing of stamps and managing your RSViP subscription is also possible along with contacting customer support.

RSVP is for singles living in Australia only. It is free to join as a member and reply to messages but you must purchase stamps to send messages via chat or email. Using stamps allows you to pay as you go. With 1 stamp you have 30 days of unlimited contact with that person, and that person with you.

Read our review of RSVP for more information about this dating service or visit RSVP directly.

This Year's Runner Up for this award is:

2011 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Australian

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2011 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Australian

The Editor's Top Pick - Australian Award for 2011 goes to RSVP. RSVP has been in the dating business for more than 15 years and has 1.6 million members.

RSVP continues to update their service to make dating and meeting new people easy for members. Interest groups have been introduced which allows members to join different groups that relate to many different interests and hobbies. This can range from dating to gadgets, and sports to books. If you have an interest, I am sure RSVP will have a group that you can join which will have many active members. Once in a group you can post a topic and have other members comment on it. From within the group you will also find it easy to search the members based on location, age and gender. RSVP also released an iPhone app this year which allows you to search and communicate with members while you are on the go. Most dating features of the RSVP website are accessible through their dating app. is one of the most popular dating sites in Australia. It is free to browse members so there is no cost for you to create a quick profile to find if there is anyone of interest in your area.

Read our review of RSVP for more information about this dating service or visit RSVP directly.

This Year's Runner Up for this award is: eHarmony