Looks like SW ToR will be available in Australia on March 1st. Damn it! The fact it was not local was a reason to not play. And yes, free transfers for Aussies to the new servers. Full press release.
STAR WARS™: THE OLD REPUBLIC™ LANDS IN AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE ON MARCH
…will be officially launching in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore on March 1, 2012. Fans in those regions will be able to play the critically-acclaimed massively multiplayer online game on regional servers, enjoying the story-driven experience that has captivated gamers worldwide.
Players in these countries who currently have or have had an active Star Wars: The Old Republic account prior to February 28, 2012 will have the opportunity to request a free character transfer for a limited time to an Asia Pacific server after the launch on March 1, 2012. All players who qualify for a character transfer will be notified in early March with more details.
ps. for a look at caveats gone mad, take a look at the bottom of the press release. A more convoluted mix of useless info I’ve not seen all week.