Back in March Book Bee had an article about how Australia’s parallel importation law does not restrict the import of ebooks into the country. The author, reporter Jason Davis, interviewed a “.. very senior member of the Australian publishing/bookselling industry this week. He asked that I didn’t reveal his name, so I’ll respect that. But, let’s be clear, this is the kind of guy the government talks to when considering matters that relate to the book industry here.”
According to Davis, “The upshot of the conversation is that there is no legal basis for anyone to restrict Australians from buying any ebook they like from anywhere they like. … the parallel importation restriction law – part of the Copyright Act 1968, that gets brought up in these conversations doesn’t even mention ebooks. And it doesn’t apply to consumers – only businesses importing products to resell.”
Davis has done a bit more research and found that Australians can, legally, access the entire iBooks catalog. You can find that information here.