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The ETA is not intended for long term stays, so even though it allows 3 month stay period with entry for the year it is valid, if he stays for 3 months, leaves to reset the stay period and comes straight back, it's likely they'll eventually stop him for using the ETA that way.

If you want him here, why not apply onshore? He can enter as a tourist on the ETA and if he likes it, he can decide to apply for the partner visa here instead. That would be an onshore partnee visa application which comes with the bridging visa A for when the ETA stay period expires. He'd be given full work rights on the BVA but no travel rights, so if he wanted to leave the country on the BVA he'd need to apply for a temporary BVB that allows BVA holder to leave and reenter Australia.

If you still want to apply offshore, then consider doing a visitor visa application. They often grant those with longer stay periods (6 months or even 12 months) and are more intended for staying for longer periods, unlike the ETA.
 
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