We're in the same boat but I've heard that as long as you get your WA state sponsorship then you will get an automatic invite to apply for visa even if after 1st July. Same applies to Victoria but we want to go to NSW and it doens't mention this on their website so have emailed them to find out if its the same for them. If not we will be on the EOI waiting list Good luck for yours, I think you'll be fine.
Hubby will be pleased about assessors being helpful and even more so if they tick the answers for him, lol!!
I will watch this space for your hubbys helpful outline of his day!