If you lodge your application outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the temporary visa is granted.
If you are granted a temporary visa, you will:
If you lodge your partner application outside Australia, you may be either in or outside Australia when the permanent visa is granted. If you lodge your application in Australia, you must be in Australia when this visa is granted.
In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than two years from when you lodge your application. However, you may be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual two year waiting period if you meet certain criteria at the time of application. The two year waiting period may be waived under certain circumstances as seen by the officials.