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First Home Buyers Assistance scheme

First Home Buyers Assistance scheme

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme is a NSW Government initiative which provides exemptions or concessions on transfer duty for eligible NSW first home buyers. This includes vacant land on which you intend to build your first home.

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme commenced from 1 July 2017.

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme has Proof of Identity requirements, the details of which are contained in the Application and Lodgement Guide.

About the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme provides eligible purchasers with exemptions on transfer duty on new and existing homes valued up to $650,000 and concessions on duty for new and existing homes valued between $650,000 and $800,000.

Eligible purchasers buying a vacant block of residential land to build their home on will pay no duty on vacant land valued up to $350,000, and will receive concessions on duty for vacant land valued between $350,000 and $450,000.

To qualify for First Home Buyers Assistance, you must meet the criteria listed below:

  • The contract and the transfer must be for the purchase of the whole of the property.

  • All purchasers must be ‘eligible purchasers’.

  • An ‘eligible purchaser’ is a natural person (i.e. not a company or trust) at least 18 years of age who has not, and whose spouse/de facto has not:

    • at any time owned (either solely or with someone else) residential property in Australia other than property owned solely as trustee or executor
    • previously received an exemption or concession under First Home—New Home.
  • At least 1 eligible purchaser must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of 6 months, commencing within 12 months of completion of the agreement. (Where an eligible purchaser was a member of the permanent forces of the Australian Defence Force and all purchasers were enrolled on the NSW electoral roll, as at the transaction date, then all purchasers are exempt from the residence requirement).

Note: If all purchasers are not ‘eligible purchasers’, you may still qualify for a concession under the shared equity arrangements in First Home Buyers Assistance scheme.

Calculating the concessions on duty

You can calculate the exact amount of your concession for new and existing homes, vacant land and shared equity arrangements using the First Home Buyers Assistance calculator.

Shared Equity Arrangements under First Home Buyers Assistance

First Home Buyers Assistance shared equity arrangements allow eligible purchasers to buy property with other parties and still receives a concession. To qualify, the eligible purchasers must buy at least 50 per cent of the property. The value limits and other eligibility criteria of First Home Buyers Assistance apply.

Transfer duty is calculated with reference to the proportion of the property purchased by other parties. However, this interest is disregarded if it is not more than 5%.

You can calculate the exact amount of your concession using the First Home Buyers Assistance calculator.

Note: If the first home buyer’s spouse has previously owned a home or received a benefit under First Home Buyers Assistance, the first home buyer will not be entitled to the shared equity arrangements concession under First Home Buyers Assistance, regardless of whether or not the spouse is also a purchaser.

How to apply for First Home Buyers Assistance

To apply for a first home buyers exemption or concession, you must complete the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme form and provide to your solicitor/conveyance for processing

Your application must be accompanied by all supporting documents. You must have already exchanged contracts to purchase your first home or vacant land.

Note: All purchasers must also complete a Purchaser/Transferee Declaration.

False claims

There are substantial penalties for knowingly making false or misleading statements in connection with an application for First Home Buyers Assistance.

We conduct investigations and compliance checks to ensure the duty exemption/concession is given only to those applicants who are entitled to receive them. We audits claims with current and historical data held by other State and Territory agencies and commercial organisations.

For more information about first home benefits, contact us.

Contact

First Home Buyers Assistance scheme (FHBA)

Phone
1300 130 624*
8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Email

First Home Owner Grant scheme (FHOG)

Phone
1300 130 624*
8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Email

Last updated: 3 July 2017