First Home Buyers

The First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme (the Scheme) was established to assist eligible first home owners to purchase a new home or build their home by offering a grant.

The grant amount is determined by the date of the eligible transaction. This is the date of the contract to purchase a new home or contract to build a home. For an owner builder, the eligible date is when the building work commences.

From 1 July 2017, the First Home Owner Grant Cap for new home purchases is $600,000; for a property where you enter into a contract to build, or are an owner builder the total value cannot exceed $750,000.

For eligible transactions made on or after 1 January 2016, the grant amount is $10,000.

For eligible transactions made between 1 October 2012 and 31 December 2015, the grant amount is $15,000.

What is a new home?

A new home is a home that has not been previously occupied or sold as a place of residence and includes a home that has been substantially renovated and a home built to replace demolished premises.

Note: A home that has been occupied, including by the builder, a tenant or any other occupant is not considered a new home.

Where the home is being purchased, it must be the first sale of that home.

To be eligible for the grant:

  • the contract date must be on or after 1 January 2016
  • the home is a brand new home
  • you are over 18
  • you or your spouse (including de facto spouse) have never held a relevant interest in any residential property in Australia prior to 1 July 2000
  • However, you may be eligible if you or your spouse, including de facto spouse, have only had a relevant interest in any residential property in Australia on or after 1 July 2000 and you have not resided in that property for a continuous period of at least 6 months.
  • the value of the property must not exceed the First Home Owner Grant Cap of $750,000
  • you have not received a first home owners grant in any State or Territory, unless subsequently repaid
  • you need to live in the home for a continuous period of at least 6 months
  • at least one applicant is a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • each applicant must be a natural person and not a company or trust.

If your contract is dated prior to 1 October 2012, visit the First Home Owner Grant page.

If you cannot meet all of the eligibility requirements, you are not eligible to receive the grant. If you receive the grant and fail to meet the eligibility requirements (for example, not living in the home for a continuous period of at least 6 months), you need to payback the grant. Failure to do so can result in prosecution and penalties up to $11,000.

If you are part of the Australian Defence Force and all applicants are on the New South Wales electoral roll, you may be eligible for an exemption from the 6 month residence requirement.

You can apply for the grant through your financial institution or directly through us, by submitting a form:

Download Form

http://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/info/factsheet/grants/fhb

STAMP DUTY RELIEF

The duty paid when buying residential property can be an obstacle for first home buyers. For those entering the market, the NSW Government is abolishing this duty on new and existing homes worth up to $650,000.

For properties valued at between $650,000 and $800,000, the duty concession will be gradually reduced.

Concessions on vacant land will remain unchanged.

INSURANCE DUTY ON LENDERS INSURANCE

Insurance duty on lenders’ mortgage insurance is imposed at a rate of nine per cent of the premium. The removal of this duty will save all home buyers (first home buyers or not) money if they need lenders’ mortgage insurance.

This policy will take effect from 1 July 2017.

For example, on a home valued at $800,000, a buyer with a deposit of $50,000 who needs lenders’ mortgage insurance, could save about $2,900.