Starting from 1 January 2015 the Partner Visa Application Charge (VAC) is going to increase in price.This was a decision made by the Government in order to fund whole-of-government policy priorities.
The 50 per cent increase to most Partner Visa Application Charges change will apply to Permanent Partner Visa Subclasses (combined 309/100 and 820/801) and the Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300).
The new fee will apply to Partner Visa applications lodged on, or after 1 January 2015. The increment will not affect you if you have lodged a valid application prior to 1 January 2015.
You might consider applying for a visa under the skilled stream, which generally has quicker processing times. Visit the SkillSelect area on their website to see if there is a skilled visa option for you.