London, 11 April 2013 | AAP

Australia must beat Poland away from home in September to return to the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2007.

Pat Rafter’s team on Wednesday received a tough but winnable draw for the World Group Play-offs, to be held from September 13 to 15.

The winner of the tie will qualify for the competition’s top tier in 2014.

Australia has lost to European opposition in its past three World Group Play-offs but, in Poland, they will face a nation having its first crack at a spot in the top 16.

Poland defeated South Africa 3-1 in the second round to qualify.

Its team is spearheaded by rising 22-year-old Jerzy Janowicz, ranked 24th in the world.

The side also features world No.92 Lukasz Kubot and doubles duo Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Hosting rights were determined randomly.

Poland hosted its last tie on a hardcourt in the small town of Zielona Gora.

Australia earned a shot at the play-offs by beating Uzbekistan in Namangan last weekend and will be confident the likes of Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt can get the job done again away from home.

The 28-time Davis Cup champions are desperate to make amends after losing five play-offs in the past six years.

“No one wants to be here [in this group],” Rafter said this week.

“We want to get out.”

Hewitt, Tomic, Marinko Matosevic and Matt Ebden have never played Janowicz or Kubot.

In other playoff match-ups, top seeds Spain will host Ukraine in a tie that could feature Rafael Nadal.

The Netherlands were given a home tie against Austria, while Croatia will host Great Britain after the Brits scored a surprise defeat over Russia without Andy Murray.

Switzerland was drawn to play Ecuador at home and Germany was given a home tie against Brazil.

Belgium hosts Israel and Japan has home advantage against Colombia.