You might not have even known this, but Huawei offered a service in some markets to unlock the bootloaders of their mobile devices, though it seems it was never really available to Australians.
However, Huawei has decided to shutter the service, citing a desire to provide a better quality of experience to its mobile customers:
This is bad news. Huawei will soon no longer offer bootloader unlocks for their devices! pic.twitter.com/GZec6x8XGz
— Paul O'Brien (@PaulOBrien) May 24, 2018
The move is only expected to affect relatively few, likely those in the enthusiast community who flash custom ROMs. The desire to flash custom software onto Huawei devices used to be (and may still be) pretty strong, because early Huawei software was less than enjoyable. However, in my humble opinion at least, in the last couple of years it has become significantly better to the point that it’s quite acceptable. I might be an outlier in the enthusiast community at least, because I’ve not flashed a custom ROM in many years and have no desire to do so ever again.
However, for those who like Huawei hardware and want to be able to flash custom ROM/software, the time is fast running out. You can request your unlock code for Huawei devices made/released before May 2018 online, but do so within the next 60 days before the facility is turned off. You’ll still be able to use your code after that date, so if you think you might ever want to tinker with your phone, grab a code now and save it somewhere just in case.