To save this topic from passive aggressive mod comments, I'll summarize: Loyal Wingman is a test program. Only six have been ordered.
I too share in the skeptisism and hope of some users here that Loyal Wingman actually has some utility and capability beyond buzzwords, and I too share in the hope that only a small number of Loyal Wingmans are made, in the hope that a larger and more useful aircraft is born.
"However, the recent FSP2020 document does not specifically mention F-35s, instead referring to an ‘additional air combat capability’ from around 2025. The funding for this capability is projected to be between $4.5 and $6.7 billion, but is separate to funding for the RAAF’s Teaming Air Vehicles (Boeing Loyal Wingman) program, which will see between $7.4 and $11 billion spent from around 2027. "
Australia's acquisition of long-range strike weapons will arguably have an effect on the composition of the RAAF’s air combat force between now and 2040, but it’s all a question of timing.