IP Austraia has just announced that the new Brisbane lodgement point will become available on 6 April 2010. -http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/about/state_transition.shtml.
I don't see any real benefit, apart from a saving for the taxpayer. I still can't go to my local post office and lodge a patent application. So I will continue to lodge online where possible.
It would really be convenient if, as in the US, we could use any post office. PCT applications are often huge and the weird PCT-Easy process that has been cooked up by the Europeans clashes with my system. Why we can just upload pdf's for PCT applications is beyond me. I would welcome an explanation.