Are you planning to apply for a partner visa? On 1 July 2017, the Department of Immigration will introduce the following changes:
1) Australian sponsor has to undergo a screening and approval process before visa application can be lodged (e.g. mandatory police check)
2) Visa application charge will increase to $7,000
3) Fee for 2nd stage will be introduced (it is not known yet how much this will be)
4) Wait time between 1st and 2nd stage will increase from 2 to 3 years. This means it will take longer to gain permanent residency.