A lot of us (3000+ stranded 489/491 holders) are in a similar situation as you and totally understand the predicament. Like you have rightly said, we have not heard anything regarding our visa situations from the Department nor the Government. As of now few senators have understood our plight and have raised this issue in the parliament, which is a positive for us to get noticed. Also one petition (EN2791) regarding our plight has been accepted recently by the parliament and minister is expected to reply to it within 3 months. Currently 489/491 seems to be low on their priority list and eventually they'll get to us and should let us know about our future. Hang in there, and don't lose hope just as yet. Yes, it's a pain to be stuck in a limbo, but it should be sorted out as Australia gets ahead in their vaccination drive and realise that shutting down and isolating the country from the rest of the world does bo good for anyone.Apologies for the rant. But after 17 months of nothing - no clear position/answer/pathway from the Government, I am absolutely exhausted! We need answers, one way or another, so we can get out of this limbo period and move forward with out lives - inside or out of Australia.