Whether you’re buying or building your first home, you might meet the eligibility criteria for the First Home Owner Grant. Here’s how much you could be eligible for.
The average loan size for first-home buyers in Australia is $336,5001, so any financial assistance with this purchase could really lend a helping hand. This is why it’s a good idea to consider the First Home Owner Grant when you’re buying or building your first home. If you want to know more about the eligibility criteria for receiving the grant or how much the First Home Owner Grant is, we’ve provided some key points about the scheme below.
What is the First Home Owner Grant?
The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) is an Australian state- and territory-based scheme that aims to help first-home buyers with the cost of purchasing a residential property. First-home buyers who meet eligibility requirements will receive a one-off payment to assist with the purchase costs. Eligibility criteria and the amount of the grant varies across states and territories.
How much is the First Home Owner Grant and what are the eligibility requirements by state?
The amount of the First Home Owner Grant varies across states and territories – there’s no one size fits all. Some states also offer reductions or exemptions on stamp duty and other fees.
See below for the full breakdown by state or territory, as well as an overview of the eligibility criteria for each grant. It’s best to check directly with your state or territory revenue office for full details.
Australian Capital Territory
Instead of a First Home Owner Grant payment, the ACT offers the Home Buyer Concession Scheme. Under this scheme, you may not be required to pay stamp duty on property purchases for new-build and established homes, provided you haven’t owned property in the past two years, the property is occupied by at least one buyer for a year beginning within 12 months of the purchase date, and the total combined income of the purchasers does not exceed the threshold amount2.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the ACT Home Buyer Concession Scheme.
New South Wales
To be eligible for the grant, first-home buyers who buy or build a new home in NSW could receive $10,000 towards the purchase price, provided that:
- the home hasn’t been lived in previously;
- the price of the new property doesn’t exceed $600,000 or if purchasing land, the combined land and contract price doesn’t exceed $750,000; and
- you occupy the property for at least six months, with your move-in date within 12 months of purchase.
Renovated homes may also be eligible for the grant3.
You could also be eligible for the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme, which provides a partial or full exemption from transfer duty on properties under a certain value4.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the NSW First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme.
Provided the home you purchase in the Northern Territory is new or substantially renovated, you could be eligible for a $10,000 First Home Owner Grant.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the NT First Home Owner Grant.
First-home owners in Queensland could be entitled to a $15,000 grant, provided that:
- you are buying or building a new home (or a significantly renovated one) worth less than $750,000; and
- you move in within 12 months following the purchase and live there for six continuous months5.
First-home buyers may also be eligible for concessions on transfer duty if the they intend to live in the property or to build an owner-occupied property on vacant land6.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the QLD First Home Owner Grant.
Eligible first-home buyers in South Australia could benefit from a $15,000 grant by purchasing a new residential house, flat, unit, townhouse or apartment anywhere across the state valued up to $575,000. Substantially renovated homes may also be eligible7.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the SA First Home Owner Grant.
If you’re purchasing a new home, an off-the-plan property, or building a new home as an owner-builder or through a registered builder, you could be eligible for a grant of up to $20,000. Some first home buyers of established homes may also be eligible for a 50% reduction on transfer duty, provided the value of the property does not exceed $400,0008. Substantially renovated homes may also be eligible under this scheme.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the TAS First Home Owner Grant.
If you purchase a new or significantly renovated home in metropolitan Victoria valued up to $750,000, you could be eligible for a grant of $10,000 towards the purchase9. If you meet all the eligibility criteria and are also purchasing a property under $750,000, you could also receive a duty exemption, concession or reduction as part of the First Home Buyer Duty Exemption, Concession or Reduction10.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the VIC First Home Owner Grant.
The First Home Owner Grant in WA is worth $10,000 for the purchase or construction of a new home for properties worth $750,000 or less (south of the 26th parallel) or $1 million (north of the 26th parallel). A ‘new home’ may also include a substantially renovated house11. If you’re eligible for the WA First Home Owner Grant, you could also be eligible for a reduction on transfer duty provided the value is under certain thresholds, $530,000 for a house and land, and $400,000 for land only12.
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply for the WA First Home Owner Grant.
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (November 2018): Housing finance, Australia
2 ACT Revenue Office: Home buyer concessions from 1 July 2019
3 Grants and schemes, First home buyer: Revenue NSW
4 Revenue NSW: First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme
5 Queensland Government: Applying for a first home owner grant
6 Queensland Government: About concessions for homes
7 Revenue SA: First home buyer
8 State Revenue Office Tasmania: Property transfer duties
9 State Revenue Office Victoria: First home owner
10 State Revenue Office Victoria: First home buyer duty exemption, concession or reduction
11 Department of Finance WA: First Home Owner Grant
12 Government of Western Australia, Department of Communities Housing: Stamp duty concessions
How can the First Home Owner Grant help you buy your first home?
The average loan size for first-home buyers in Australia1
The NSW First Home Buyer Grant for new, substantially renovated and new-build homes3
The SA First Home Owner Grant for a new residential house, flat, unit, townhouse or apartment.7
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