I'm another Australian user, and am sick of the extreme price hikes compared to the US.
When I first purchased Adobe CS Production Premium, The price in Australia was around 4 grand. I instead decided to take a risk and import it from an online 'grey' site for $1000 incl. postage.
I received a boxed copy of CS4 with a valid serial number. all was good. Registered it in my name. I had actually purchased CS4 2 weeks before CS5 came out, so filled out a form on adobe.com to get a free complimentary 'post announce' upgrade to CS5. It was then
that I had problems.
Adobe spent 3 weeks without getting back to me. They finally emailed to say that my upgrade request had 'issues' but all was good. They sent me a free copy of CS5!
A year later I realised via a text chat with adobe support that my 'grey' copy of CS4 had actually been a student version, but they had given me the upgrade to CS5 anyway. My licence is still valid and in my name.
The moral of this story: I was lucky. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I think with Autodesk, things are a lot different.
Here is another example. I have an Orange and it comes with a licence of Maya contained within its core. Therefore I sell you the orange for $3000 and you get the Maya licence absolutely free, thus you get Maya without actually buying or selling any software
The problem here is, I would have sold you an orange, and given you the Maya Licence for free, but wouldn't the licence would still be in my name? you would have to contact autodesk to change that. I believe Autodesk allows transfer of licences only when a company has gone into liquidation and you have to provide proof.
Here's an interesting article from a few years ago, Autodesk tried to ban sales of second hand software and lost the court case:
If anyone needs software let me know. I'll go out and parallel buy it for you. It will be cost of software in US + shipping box + 100 service charge.
This sounds like a great way to beat the stupid Autodesk system, and a few companies seem to do it already:
One site aimed directly at australians. Interesting that some of their most frequently imported products are Adobe and Adsk software!