The Ramsay Street serial's popularity with UK audiences was shown once again last night (September 24) as it won the 'Best Daytime Soap' prize at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards.
Oliver, who plays fan favourite Lou Carpenter, was present to receive the gong and spoke to Digital Spy about the result on the red carpet.
Reflecting on the programme's appeal, Oliver explained: "Everyone likes a talk over the garden fence. A lot of the young people don't communicate with their neighbours like they used to when I was young. And I think [Neighbours] promotes that - it promotes communities getting to know each other and I think that's something people really want."
On playing the role of Lou, the 74-year-old commented: "He's getting a lot older now, so against my wishes they're slowing him down a bit - but that could change in the future and he'll go back to his old rough diamond self. Lou never breaks the law, but he does bend it quite a bit, which is always a lot of fun!"
He continued: "This my 24th year. I miss Harold - Ian Smith - we used to bounce off each other quite a lot. One critic called us the Laurel and Hardy of Australian television. I miss Ian, but there's other avenues to explore."
Neighbours' success at the awards delighted the show's UK broadcaster Channel 5. Along with the 'Daytime Soap' victory, long-serving cast member Ryan Moloney (Jarrod 'Toadie' Rebecchi) was named 'Best Daytime Star'.
Greg Barnett, Channel 5's Commissioning Editor of Entertainment, Daytime and Soaps, said: "Ramsay Street has been the home of some fantastic drama this last year and it's a delight to know that viewers are enjoying the great mix of storylines the Erinsborough inhabitants are involved in. We're thrilled Neighbours has won this award."
He added: "You cannot argue that Ryan Moloney's portrayal of Toadie has clearly won the affections of UK soap fans. This is his third consecutive win and we're absolutely thrilled for him."
The Inside Soap Awards, sponsored by online fashion retailer boohoo.com, were held at One Marylebone in London.
Photo gallery - red carpet arrivals at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards.