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As long as you have the right jump and don't catch fire and get burnt is the main thing.
The regulations do often not match too well to an applicants situation but seeing as the regulations are not so flexible it needs to be that the jumping is aligned with stationary hoops with constant firing.
A long knowledge of oneanother, taking holidays together etc. is all good re showing an appropriate background but for partner applications the regulations do specifically say at least a 12 months relationship and under the eligibility section link re relationships you'll see that it means a residing together relationship, there being CAQ there to guide you further, intentions not coming into it unless you're looking at a PMV.

So I'd say it is certainly not worth putting in an application earlier than 12 months unless you're looking for a rejection and the fee to be lost.
Being from Turkey, a High Risk country, it is likely that an ASIO security check could be made and they are taking a long time at the moment because of people smuggling tying up resources, so the partner visa processing time could be over 12 months as well.
If your partner has not already had a WHV and is eligible for one, have you considered he applying for a WHV and if that does not have a No Further Stay condition on it, getting some time together back here will allow you to be working again and he too and then apply onshore.
Wanderer, I think I should have found you and this website forum earlier !!!
I have spent soooo long trying to get things together for the application that it is stressing me out ! I am so pleased you simpified it for me. Its pretty easy to get emotional about this stuff and then end up making the wrong decision when lodging an application.

We did look at the WHV but he does not qualify. I looked at the PMV but I am not fussed on getting married and I dont think I should do that for the sake of the Aust Govt.

So, taking all that has been said into account, I think we will jst wait out the 12 month requirement and then wait out the processing time. On the up side it means we can take a holiday or 2 to some fabulous country nearby :D
I suppose all good things come to those who wait.....and wait.....and wait....

Thanks Wanderer !!!
 
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