DEFENDING Gold Coast 7s champions Fiji has been placed in Pool C of next month's tournament along with Wales, Canada and Portugal.
Defending series champions New Zealand heads Pool A and along with Kenya, USA and regional champions Tonga.
Last season's runners-up South Africa is the top seed in Pool B and faces England, France and Spain.
Samoa tops Pool D and will face hosts Australia, Argentina and Scotland.
The tournament will be staged for a third time at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on October 12-13.
IRB's new General Manager for Rugby Sevens, Avan Lee who was present at the draws believes the Gold Coast tournament marks the start of the three most important seasons for the sport.
"This is a pivotal time for Rugby Sevens with three years until our debut at the Olympic Games and the Gold Coast is an exciting and eye-catching place for the HSBC Sevens World Series to kick off," said Lee.