"Based on current application rates for Groups 1-3, it is unlikely at this stage that applications which fall in Groups 1-3 will be exhausted in the 2009-10 Migration Program year and processing of Groups 4 and 5 will be delayed until this has occurred."
I am in Group 4, hurray for me.
Barb & I are looking into alternate ways of me getting there. I might be able to get state sponsorship(Group 2), but that is a bit of a long shot. I might also be able to go under Barb's student visa and then get a bridging visa that would allow me to work until I get my permanent visa. The working on the government website is a bit unclear exactly how that works.
This is becoming very frustrating. It's been a whole year since I applied and the Australian government keeps retroactively changing the rules. I still have no idea when I'm actually moving there. It would be really nice to actually live in thesame country as my wife.
Read all the full Immigration letter.