After months and months of lobbying by publishers Google Adsense have just announced changes to their payment system! Their site has just been updated with the new details. Now they offer checks to be sent in local currencies to 35 countries (listed below) and Electronic Funds Transfer to 15 countries (BETA).
For those receiving checks via mail they are also offering a Secured Express Delivery option that increases both the speed and security of delivery. Using this system will get your your check in 5-7 business days. This service will cost publishers if they choose it in many countries (ie in Australia it would cost me $24).
This is great news for publishers (of those countries included) and is long overdue. Funny how it comes out in the same week that Yahoo! seem to be on a publicity drive for their new contextual ad system for small publishers!