Hulu in Australia
In 2009 when Hulu launched, there were big expectations for Hulu going ‘international'. The world wide community of American TV enthusiasts, along with expats living abroad looked forward to the chance to be able to access Hulu's database of free TV shows from anywhere (or even select countries would have been OK) around the world.
Hulu in Australia 2011
In 2011 there was even a rumor that Hulu would be launching in Australia. The media picked it up, and there was uproar from local TV stations worried about American TV putting Australian TV out of business.
It's now 2013, and nothing ever came of it. Several other rumors have circulated in recent years, including Hulu in Brazil which never materialized. Hulu is available in Japan, but it's in Japanese. Someone must be doing some kind of research because it seems to be that the first step to internationalization of Hulu should be Canada, and the UK, and then Australia (much like Netflix).
Stupid Results in Google
Unfortunately, Google can't figure out which news is still relevant, and only ranks stuff based on popularity, so you still see quite a few search results that say you can access Hulu with a proxy, or that the service Hotspot Shield works. It doesn't.
So if somehow you've stumbled upon Mr. VPN, this post was originally posted some time in 2011, and is now being updated in June 2013. Hulu cannot be accessed in Australia by either proxy or Hotspot Shield.
Virtual Private Networks
VPNs work similar to proxies in that they change your IP. However, they also add layers of security and were created for a completely different function than proxies. There are many types of VPNs and they can be used for a variety of things, but the ones we're concerned about are professional services that you subscribe to online.
VPNs make your location private. They encrypt your data, and change your IP when you log onto the server. You are then signed onto the internet using a private IP address from a country of your choice. In a nutshell, this is how we get Hulu in Australia or any other country in the world.
You do not have to be a genius to set one up. They are basically like any other kind of software you set up on your computer. Most services have self-installation apps that require no input from the user except a username and password.
Once signed in, you use the IP of your VPN server. If you sign into a US VPN server, you get a US IP address. Hulu reads your US IP, and, and gives you access to their shows.
Hulu VS Hulu Plus
You should have no problem accessing the free version of Hulu. The paid version requires a credit card. It is possible to get a LEGAL, temporary ‘debit' card online. This means that you are paying with an American credit card. This is not some kind of credit card fraud or scam: these are one time use debit cards.
Their original purpose was to give people a way to have a charge card for convenience & safety, but cannot get credit. They are also used by those that do not like carrying their real cards in some areas of the world while traveling.
You can get one of those here. You do not need one for the free version of Hulu.
Hulu is notorious for storing cookies that may include your actual IP from a previous time accessing the site. If you cannot access Hulu from your VPN, clear you cookies and browser cache or try a different browser. If you still have trouble, contact your VPN support or switch VPN servers. If it's still a problem, request a refund and try another service. Some VPN servers work, some don't, it depends on the company and other variable factors.