Today we received an email from VETASSES with our first bit of good news. My husbands skills assessment was successful! We got these results a lot faster than we thought - we were anticipating to hear at the end of August or so.
He was also able to sit the IELTS last Saturday which was two weeks earlier than we originally thought. He feels pretty good about it. We should have the results in a couple weeks.
We aren't going to make it by July 1st but we are at peace with it. Whatever will be, will be!