Hi all, to try and answer some of your questions,
neilalys my registration from qnc came through in 8 weeks and that included christmas bread, i'm also on a 457 and they seem to push them through quite quickly. so you should be ok.
yindavies I work at the Mater Hosptial in Brisbane, its about 50mins from GC so a bit of a hike but I work with several girls who live on the GC, they do 12 hours shifts so only have to do the drive 3 times a week. Its a great hospital and covers a really wide geographical area so gets lots of referrals from other hospitals as its quite specialised.
wiljenni, i really dont understand either why you need the PC to be in $, i paid for mine in £. and only took about 2 weeks to come through.
hope this helps, I'm sure there will be others along soon to add to this.