Well we tried to apply online prior to the one month mark and it wouldn't let us go further after we put in our passport number.......so I tried again on 8th Feb, our residency is due to be applied for on 2nd March......it let us put all the information in, pay the $230 fee....we were ecstatic only to receive an email on Thursday telling us that because we have not met the criteria as yet they are either going to cancel the visa or have us withdraw the application.
We are not entitled to the $230 refund as it goes by the date you applied, regardless of only having to wait till Tuesday to have met the criteria, we have to withdraw, lose the money and do it again!!!
I only hope now that once we apply on Tuesday that they do not require us to re-do police checks and medicals again and cost us more money....so let it be a warning to others, be patient and wait till your time is up, then apply or you could be out of pocket!!