I´ve read about the raises in fees and sent a message to immi.gov.au direct through their website where you fill in a form and get a reply via e-mail.
I sent it 4 days ago and just received this in my inbox:
Thank you for your enquiry.
In relation to your question, please note that the partner visa application
fee stands at $2060 for the time being until mid next year.
In relation to your second question, I am able to confirm that the
application is considered lodged once we have received it and processed the
I hope that this helps to answer your query.
-The information you are given by the Europe Service Centre will be based
on the information you supply.
-We recommend that you do not make any irreversible travel arrangements
until you have an appropriate visa.
Europe Service Centre
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
So....now I´m confused.
This officer can´t possibly be unknowing of fees being raised 1.1.2013...??
Or maybe they won´t change until 1.7.2013???
Very confused after this reply from immi.