• About the First Home Owner Grant

     

    The Grant Scheme

    The first home owner grant is a one-off payment to encourage and assist first home buyers to buy or build a residential property for use as their principal place of residence. For more information refer to the First Home Owner Grant Fact Sheet.

    First home owners may qualify for the grant and/or the first home owner rate of duty if they are either purchasing an established home or if they are building or purchasing a new home. The grant has:

    • geographical caps on the total value of the home
    • residence requirements
    • eligibility criteria for applicants

    When a person is eligible, or would have been eligible, for the first home owner grant, a concessional first home owner rate of duty will apply if the value of the dutiable property is below certain thresholds.

    Find detailed information in the FHOG Guide.

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    first home owner grant in Western Australia.

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    Eligibility requirements for the grant

    To be eligible for the grant and/or first home owner rate of duty, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

    • An applicant must be a natural person (i.e. not a company) and be 18 years or over at the time of making application. If you are under 18, you may be able to apply for an exemption from the age requirement.
    • At least one applicant must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident at the time of making application.
    • Applicants and/or their spouses or de facto partners cannot have:
      • previously received the grant or first home owner rate of duty from any jurisdiction in Australia
      • owned residential property anywhere in Australia before 1 July 2000
      • owned residential property anywhere in Australia on or after 1 July 2000 and occupied that property as a place of residence before 1 July 2004
      • owned residential property anywhere in Australia on or after 1 July 2000 and occupied that property as a place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months that began on or after 1 July 2004.
    • Applicants must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months commencing within 12 months of settlement if purchasing a home, or within 12 months from the date of completion if building a home.
    • Applicants must hold a relevant interest (ownership) in the land on which the home is situated and must own the home in their own capacity. If they own the home as a trustee, it must be held on trust for a person with a legal disability.

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    How much is the grant?

    New homes

    The grant is $10,000 or the consideration paid to buy or build the house if less than that amount.

    • For eligible transactions entered into between 1 January and 30 June 2017, an additional $5,000 boost payment may be available.
    • For eligible transactions entered into between 1 July 2000 and 24 September 2013, the grant was $7,000 or the consideration paid if less than that amount.

    Established homes

    The grant is no longer available for the purchase of established homes.  Purchasers of established homes will still be able to apply for the first home owner rate of duty if certain conditions are met.  See Duties Fact Sheet 'First Home Owner Rate of Duty' for more information.


    Eligibility for the boost

    A $5,000 boost payment may be available to eligible first home buyers who entered into a contract between 1 January and 30 June 2017 to purchase or construct a new home, and owner builders who commenced laying foundations of their home between those dates.

    Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for the existing $10,000 grant and:

    • the contract for construction or purchase of an eligible new home must be made between 1 January and 30 June 2017.
    • construction must have commenced within 26 weeks after the date of the contract and be completed within 18 months of commencing construction.
    • for owner builders - construction must commence between 1 January and 30 June 2017, and be completed by 30 June 2019.
    • for a contract to buy an ‘off the plan’ home - the contract must have been entered into between 1 January and 30 June 2017, and be completed by 30 June 2019.

    Complete form F-FHOG6 'First Home Owner Boost: Application for Extension' to apply for an extension to the expected commencement or completion date.

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    Transactions

      Eligible transaction Commencement date Completion date

    Purchase of a new home

    a contract made on or after
    1 July 2000

    the date the contract is made

    the date the purchaser becomes entitled to possession of the home, usually the date of settlement

    Comprehensive home building contract

    a contract made on or after
    1 July 2000

    the date the contract is made

    the date the building is ready for occupation as a place of residence, usually when the builder hands over the keys to the owner

    Owner builder

    building work on the home that began on or after 1 July 2000

    the date building commences
    i.e. when the foundation is laid

    the date the building is ready for occupation as a place of residence

     


    Cap on the value of the home

    The value of your transaction may affect your eligibility for the grant. The cap on the total value of the home and land varies depending on where the home is located:

    Property location Value of land and building
    South of the 26th parallel    $750,000
    North of the 26th parallel $1,000,000

    The 26th parallel (south) is a circle of latitude that is 26° south of the equator. All Perth metropolitan areas are south of the 26th parallel.

    The total value of a transaction can be determined by applying the following:

    • Established, New Home or Off the Plan – the greater of the consideration for the contract to purchase, or the unencumbered value.
    • Contract to build – the total of the consideration for the contract to build, and the unencumbered value of the land.
    • Owner builder – the unencumbered value, at the date the transaction is completed, of the home (i.e. total value of the home and land).

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