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I'm not sure if this exactly what you are looking for but you might want to check out the Flat Classroom Project at http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/
I think that applications are currenly open for their various programs. This was just one I thought of off the top of my head but I'm sure it isn't the only one - I will keep an eye out for others.
There should be no reason why you cannot use ePals from Australia. I tried to join four years ago, but had trouble with my logins. As I was new to all this, I did not persist as it was just too hard at that stage. However, the co-ordinator of ePals contacted me and encouraged me to re-register.
Some of my global colleagues would say that ePals is a great networking site for both students and teachers and they have made so many connections through this site. Are you able to provide us with details of any issues you have experienced? Have you tried to join or register? Is the site blocked at your school? If you can provide more information in a comment below, we can try and help you overcome the issues you may be facing.
Angela, I just noticed this epals global community site. It might be of interest to you.
I signed up with ePals a few years ago. In 2008 I was contacted by a school in Argentina and we have been corresponding ever since. The ePals site can be very frustrating as it is often slow - but we just moved on to snail mail and emails by other means once we got to know each other a bit better. (Skype conferences are great too.) Argentina is a great place to write to as their school year is pretty much the same as ours.
When you put your blurb onto the ePals site, make it as interesting as you possibly can as there are so many other Australian schools listed. I think the ePals site is definitely worth trying.