The team topped Pool B with wins over Ireland (27-5), Spain (31-14) and Canada (27-14). 

Australia is hunting for a semi-finals spot to try secure automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games but France is right on their heels after also making the quarters.

Emma Tonegato and Charlotte Caslick led the way for her country with four tries a piece, supported by Evania Pelite and Ellia Green who both scored valuable tries for their country.  

Shannon Parry played her first match since Glendale, having battelled ankle and shoulder injuries and proved that she hadn’t missed a beat in her absence. 

“It was a great effort by the squad today to make the quarter-finals against strong opposition," coach John Manenti said.

“Emma Tonegato, Charlotte Caslick and Evania Pelite had strong performances today and it was great to see Shannon back out on the park. 

“We have a big day two tomorrow and the job is nowhere near done, we are focused on the task at hand and looking forward to the hard work coming at us for the last day of this year’s season.”  

Australia will face Spain at 7.00pm on Sunday 16 June (local time) with matches to be broadcast LIVE on World Rugby’s Digital channels.