When you talk about getting information, tools etc. is that because you are on that remote island or is that the whole of Australia.
Its Australia all over. Being here just adds a whole new dimension with some 800 mile's to the nearest parts supplier. I was based in the Blue Mountains western Sydney until the beginning of this year. Moved for a sea change, wife got a good job, free rent, free water, free gas, free electricity. Part time Dad at the moment and cherry picking work. Local workshop rate is $150 per hour ($100 per hour is the norm but of coarse varies). If they can't fix it, it's shipped to the mainland for $2500 return. The first job I got was destined for the mainland and the fault was a corroded fuse.
Australia also refused to comply to OBD/II or EOBD until about 2007. Just meant we got all the junk connectors and protocol that manufacturers had lying in the back room. Also limited/complicated sales of Australian built cars like the Commodore.
That could become the future in the UK with Brexit. that's if we ever activate Article 50 and actually do it. I would be happy to see it all brushed under the carpet so we can crack on as we were.
That did cross my mind with Brexit. But which government wants to shoot themselves in the foot? Even Boris figured it out that he couldn't win. We shall see how long it takes before article 50 is triggered if ever. I would expect no change with manufacturers. What's the Swedish model in regards to access to manufacturers information?
I don't understand why the government let's the manufacturers get away with it. It's not like Australia has a car industry anymore.