I am applying for a new job in Australia, where most companies that can (including my current company and the one I am applying to) are working remotely full time due to coronavirus. The job I am applying for is in a different state, and I would prefer not to move there. As I will likely have to go through a remote onboarding process anyway and begin my time with the company remotely, I was wondering if it is likely to be possible to continue to work remotely once the Covid restrictions end? I am unlikely to accept the job if it requires me to move interstate, but opportunities such as this one are much harder to find in the state that I live in, so I am keen to pursue the opportunity in case undertaking the role remotely is acceptable to them.
There's no mention of remote work in the job description, but I have done an equivalent role for a different company full-time remotely in the past. It is less common, for sure, but not uncommon per se.
At what stage of the interview/offer process should I raise this issue? I do not wish to waste the company's time or my own by undertaking the full recruitment process only to find at the end that moving states would be required and that I don't wish to take the role. However, I feel the company would be much more likely to accept my request if they had already decided I was the best candidate for the role and made an offer to me.
This question is not (as far as I'm concerned) a duplicate of: How could I ask my future employer if I can work remotely? because I do not have an offer, and I have never worked for the company before.