Poor little thread moved by one mod then shoved back in here by another *:-?
You wont find much love for pods here as the beans are pre ground months ago in some cases and no amount of nitrogen flushing will save them * :P
Delonghni make all sorts of appliances as well as selling consumer electronics and you can read into this that they dont specialise in making espresso machines so I wouldnt do it*;D
Oh and BTW I am taking it easy on you ;)
Any fully auto will need maintainece regardless of brand (most likely twice a year) so while they are convenient in one way they are a pain in the grass in another and will need to go back to a service agent for repair.
Semi Automatics and Grinders still need maintenance but most of the simple stuff can be done simply on site by you guys.
Whatever machine you get it will need cleaning and needs to be fed good beans with good technique.
Last point is where are you in Oz sounds like you need a trip to an espresso machine specialist and not your local Hardly Normal *:)