yeah the version1's are hard to find in OZ. you;ll be looking a while. there are a few goign in the USA though on ebay. the af-d brand new is around $1100. optics are almost as good, AF speed a notch or 2 slower and no VR of course. still gets you a great quality 2.8 lens though.
the guy on ebay selling a used VR1 for 2200 is kidding himself.