laurenk I applied in June as well and still no word, not even a case manager. I'm applying for my 2nd 461 visa so thought the process would be quick, but unfortunately not. Super frustrating that the processing times keep changing, when I applied in June it was 90% processed within 9 months, which has now passed. If only there were a way to get onto them. I've emailed and gotten no response.
Just a heads up, if you do need to travel you can apply for Bridging visa B - which allows you to leave for up to 3 months at a time (with a good reason). I had to head back to Canada twice now, once for a wedding and once for a family emergency. It costs $140, but might be worth it. Good luck!