• Applying for the FHOG and/or First Home Owner Rate of Duty

     

    How to apply

    All applicants must complete form F-FHOG1 'FHOG Application and/or Pre-approval for the First Home Owner Rate of Duty'
    Applications can be submitted through a FHOG approved agent or directly to the Office of State Revenue.

    If applying for the $5,000 boost payment, complete form F-FHOG5 'Boost Payment - Addendum to the FHOG Application Form'.

    Applications must be made within 12 months of completing the transaction to be eligible for consideration of the grant or first home owner rate of duty.

    Apply for the FHOG

    Applying through a FHOG Approved Agent

    If you are applying for a loan from a financial institution (i.e. bank or credit union) to purchase or build a home and your lender is a FHOG approved agent, they can process your application. This may also result in you receiving your grant and approval for the first home owner rate of duty earlier than if you were to apply directly through the Office of State Revenue. You will be required to produce supporting documentation with your application as required by your lender.

    Applying through the Office of State Revenue

    You can complete an application form and submit it in person or by mail to the Office of State Revenue if

    • your lender is not a FHOG approved agent
    • you do not wish to lodge your application through your lender
    • you are not obtaining finance for your home purchase

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    Documentation required to support your application

    See the application form for information about required documentation.

     

    Your identity

    Each applicant must provide legible copies of one document from each category outlined below. A single document cannot be used for more than one category. Please do not mail original documents.

    Category 1 - Primary identity document and evidence of citizenship or permanent residency
    Citizenship status Documents

    Australian citizen

      - Australian birth certificate issued by Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
      - Australian passport
      - Australian Citizenship certificate

    New Zealand citizen

      - Current passport
        New Zealand citizens must be living in Australia on commencement of the eligible transaction

    Citizen of another country

      - Current passport
      - Evidence of Australian permanent residency or a permanent residency visa

    At least one applicant must have a Permanent Residency Visa or Australian Citizenship Certificate. The Permanent Residency Visa must have been issued on or before the date of applying for the grant and/or the first home owner rate of duty.

    Category 2 - Linkage between identity and person Category 3 - Evidence of residence in Australia
    • Current Australian Drivers Licence
    • Current Passport
    • Current Firearms Licence
    • Proof of age issued by Consumer Affairs (photo ID card)

    Every application must include one photo identity document within this category. If you are unable to provide this, you must provide a certified photocopy of a photograph with a statutory declaration explaining why you do not have a photo identity.

    • Medicare card
    • Motor Vehicle Registration
    • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs card
    • Debit/Credit card of a financial institution

    Additional evidence is identified in the Alternative Proof of Identity Fact Sheet.

    Additional supporting evidence may be required depending on your circumstances.

    Evidence of a change of name is required if the name on any of the documents presented is different from the name of the applicant (e.g. change of name certificate, statutory declaration).

     

    Your transaction

    The documentation you must provide to support your application differs depending on whether your transaction is a:

    • new home, established home or off-the-plan home
    • contract to build a home
    • home built by an owner builder
    • substantially renovated home

    For information on how the Commissioner determines whether a home is substantially renovated, see Commissioner's Practice FHOG 7 'Substantially Renovated Homes'.

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    Follow your application's progress

    The FHOG UIN and Status Enquiry Facility is a web-based tool that provides up-to-date information on the status of FHOG applications. You will need to register / log in to use this facility.

    Check your Application Status

     

    What if you disagree with a decision about your application?

    If you think that a decision about your application is incorrect, you may lodge a written objection to the Office of State Revenue within 60 days from the date on which notice of the decision is given, setting out in detail the grounds of the objection.

    Find more information on the objection and review process.

     

    Your obligations and responsibilities

    You are responsible for providing true and accurate information in your grant application and for complying with the residency requirements.

    If you receive a grant and/or the first home owner rate of duty that you are not entitled to, or you do not comply with the residency requirements, you will need to repay the grant and/or duty amount.

    Penalties and interest may apply.  You may be ineligible for a future grant or first home owner rate of duty in Western Australia.

    The penalty amount depends on the circumstances of each case. In some circumstances it is equal to the grant amount received. For more information on penalties, see Commissioner's Practice FHOG 3 'Imposition of Penalties'.

    Providing incorrect or misleading information on an application for the grant or first home owner rate of duty is a criminal offence. If it is determined that an applicant has provided incorrect or misleading information to obtain, or attempt to obtain, the grant or first home owner rate of duty, prosecution action commence. For more information see Audits and Investigations.

    All applications undergo a rigorous review during which applicants are checked for former home ownership in Western Australia and interstate. Other checks into spouse/de facto partner status, council records, title details and finance particulars are carried out on a routine basis.

     

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