Initially on the minority on Tipara, Joel aligned with eventual winner Robert Dickson to secure a better spot in the game. Come merge, Joel was consistently on the outs of many strategic decisions, yet still stayed strong to his alliance, using this position to temporarily become a swing vote. Eventually, he was eliminated when Robert chose Sciona Browne to come to the Final Tribal Council over Joel.
|Joel's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Tipara Tribe Immune|
|2||Tipara Tribe Immune|
|3||Tipara Tribe Immune|
|5||Tipara Tribe Immune|
|6||Tipara Tribe Immune|
| Jane, Katie, Sophie;|
|Voted Out, Day 38|
| Voted for|
^1 In Cockiness Comes to an End, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Jane and Joel, forcing a revote. Nobody changed their votes at the revote. Jane had more previous votes than Joel, so she was eliminated.
- In April 2010, Joel was arrested and jailed after he attempted to murder his girlfriend at the time.
- Joel is the youngest male to compete on Australian Survivor (2002).
- Joel and Jane Dalton are the first castaways on Australian Survivor to be involved in a tie at Tribal Council and subsequently the first to be involved in a deadlock tie.
|Australian Survivor (2002) Castaways|