The Department of Immigration and Border Protection announcement today temporary changes to onshore Partner processing leading up to the end of the program year:
processing no longer by month of lodgement
priority to be given to low-risk, fully front-end loaded applications that immediately satisfy Partner criteria
This is a departure from the Department’s usual chronological method of assessing applicants by month of lodgement. Therefore some applicants will receive decisions ahead of others who lodged many months prior. The reason for this new approach is an efficiency measure to identify Partner applications which are potentially of the highest quality and lowest risk for visa places this programme year.