Yuriy Protasov and Yazeed Al-Rajhi completed the WRC2 podium in second and third respectively, the former over a minute off Al-Kuwari.
In terms of retirements, Meeke was the only notable name not to make it to the finish and his double exit is a major blow to his hopes of getting a drive with Citroen in 2014.
The WRC now heads to Ogier's native country next month, with Rallye de France-Alsace running from October 3-6. The event there is going to be widely anticipated, not only because Ogier can clinch the title, but also because Sebastien Loeb will be back in action taking in his final WRC event.
To view the result for Rally Australia 2013 - CLICK HERE