It's another tough gig for Ange Postecoglou and his players, who must get past heavyweights South Korea on their way to the knockout stages of the tournament
Having been automatically seeded as hosts in Pot 1 alongside Iran, Japan and Uzbekistan, Ange Postecoglou's side had already avoided most of the danger teams, but there is no denying Hong Myung-Bo's Taegeuk Warriors were the toughest possible opponents in Pot 2, with any of Jordan, Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates preferable.
However, the hosts can still be confident of progressing to the quarter-finals, where they will face the winners or runners up of Group B, containing Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, China and North Korea.
The tournament will begin with a match between the Socceroos and Kuwait at Melbourne's AAMI Park on January 9.
Australia's next match is against Oman at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on January 13, before a potential group decider against Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane four days later.