I have just found this forum and it's so helpful! I am playing the waiting game too! I applied for my partner visa online on 4th August. My medicals and police check have been completed and have been sent so now just patiently waiting. My partner is back in Aus waiting for me (as his visa for the UK ran out in April). Looks like I am one of the earliest dates in August so far so will be interested to see if they are granted in any particular order. Hoping they hurry up and start granting some in May!!!