Patience is a Virtue;
I have posted on this topic before, but every day I read posts complaining about DIBP delays, slow response, and applicants asking how they can hurry things along/complain/escalate.
Australia today is probably the #1 destination for holiday makers and migration/immigrants. Australia also has some of the toughest border/visa rules in the world. Combine these two and you now understand why DIBP is so busy.
DIBP now provide processing time estimates on their website, for each visa class, you should consult this before asking the forum 'how long'.
DIBP is a like a machine. It chugs along, following process, doing everything in order. First in First out. Apart from Ministerial intervention, no-one, no-body can change the priority. The only things that effects the time taken to grant a visa is 1) how good was the application 2) workload at the embassy or VFS office where you lodged your application.
Like a machine, DIBP is blind to race, ethnicity, social and economic standing. They process, review and determine every application the same. I am so tired of hearing the 'DIBP is racist towards xxxx people, they purposely delay visa grants to people from country xxx'. DICP is fair, ethical and impartial, always. Visa applications commonly fail because the applicant did not provide the required information, or they do not pass the various character, financial, etc requirements.
So back to the topic of patience.
DIBP will take as long as they need, get over it. Bitching and complaining to your CW will probably not have a positive effect. Core to Australian values is the concept of equality. We are all the same, equal in the eyes of the Govt, Courts and Law, regardless of status, wealth or influence. Australian despise queue jumpers, and anyone that thinks they are more important than themselves.
Be patient, work the system, follow the process, be responsive, accurate, truthful and also be patient.
DO NOT bitch and complain about DIBP delays, you are not special, we all experience the same. As they say, 'we are all in the same boat'.