First Home – New Buyers

First Home – New Home Scheme

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 residential property in any form in any State or Territory of Australia
  • 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.

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