Work for Cloudflare but an outside observer to the process internally. Work is definitely ongoing with the various Country TLD registrars. Watching from the outside it looks like there is a lot (A LOT) of paperwork involved… makes me very happy I am just an observer to be honest.
Announcing dates is hard because until final approval is given you just don’t know. I don’t know the specific status for .com.au but even if we have submitted final paperwork there we’d probably be loathe to provide a guestimate for support because there are just so many variables out of our control.
Unsatisfying answer I admit, but I’ll make sure the PM for Registrar knows our OZ brothers and sisters are eagerly awaiting the announcement.