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Apple co-founder and former Steve Jobs confidante Steve Wozniak is well on his way to becoming a permanent dinky-di Aussie.

Wozniak today spoke to Gizmodo and said he is in the process of completing the paperwork for a permanent move to Australia, a plan he originally spoke about while down under last year.

The Apple co-founder, affectionately known as 'Woz', worked with the company for twelve years, inventing the Apple I and II singlehandedly, before becoming an entrepreneur.

"It is a high priority this month for me to finish some medical and police reports for my residency application,'' he said.

"Once I have a residency permit I might get a place to live but I plan a few years before living in Australia full time. That is because my current occupation as a world speaker requires too many air flights constantly.''.

"Once I'm living in Australia full time, or a major amount of it, I can work toward citizenship.

"It's not something you get without qualifying and working for. At least not in my case.''

In September Wozniak told the Australian Financial Review the national broadband network was one of the reasons he wanted to become a citizen, and that he had spoken to Stephen Conroy.

“I support it very much. It’s one of the reasons why I actually like this country and want to become a citizen," he said.

"I live in a country where we don’t have any regulation of telecommunications.”

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David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the tender age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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