The First Home - New Home scheme commenced from 1 January 2012 and provides eligible purchasers with exemptions from transfer duty on new homes valued up to $550,000 and concessions for new homes valued between $550,000 and $650,000.
Eligible purchaser buying a vacant block of residential land to build their home will pay no duty on vacant land valued up to $350,000, and will receive concessions for vacant land valued between $350,000 and $450, 000.
These rates apply from 1 July 2012.
What if my agreement is dated between 1 January and 1 July 2012?
Agreements for sale or transfers entered into between 1 January 2012 and 1 July 2012 the following applies:
- eligible purchasers will be exempt from duty on new homes valued up to $500,000 and will receive concessions for new homes valued between $500,000 and $600,000
- eligible purchaser buying a vacant block of residential land to build their home will pay no duty on vacant land valued up to $300,000, and will receive concessions for vacant land valued between $300,000 and $450,000.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for the duty concession or exemption:
- at least one buyer must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- the agreement must be for the purchase of the whole property
- you must be a natural person (not a company or trust)
- you must be over 18
- you or your partner have not previously owned property in any form in any State or Territory
- at least one purchaser must occupy the home within 12 months and needs to live in the home for a continuous period of at least 6 months.
If your partner has previously owned a home or received a benefit from us under the First Home -New Home Scheme, you will not be entitled to receive a concession or exemption.
How can I apply?
Apply for the exemption or concession through your financial institution or directly through us, by completing an First Home - New Home Exemption or Concession from Duty form (ODA 066) (PDF).
Applications must be accompanied by all supporting documentation. You must have already exchanged contracts to purchase the new home.
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 $15,000 grant.
The Scheme applies to new homes only and will reduce to $10,000 on 1 January 2016.
What is a new home?
A new home is:
a home that has not been previously occupied, including occupation by the builder, a tenant or other occupant.
a home that has not been previously sold as a residence. Where the home is being purchased, it must be the first sale of that home
a home that has been substantially renovated and a home built to replace demolished premises.
Am I eligible?
- To be eligible for the $15,000 grant:
- the contract date must be on or after 1 October 2012
- 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 $650,000
- you have not received a first home owners grant in any State or Territory, unless subsequenly 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.
How can I apply?
You can apply for the grant through your financial institution or directly through us, by submitting a First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) Application form (OFH001) (PDF).
Applications lodged with financial institutions will have the grant available for settlement or for the first draw down on contracts to build. For a list of approved agents, visit the Approved agents page.
If applying directly with us, the house must be complete and you must be registered on title.
Applications must be lodged within 12 months of completion or settlement of your new home. Your agent (for example, a solicitor or conveyancer) can help you lodge your application and documents with us.