Home Buying

Your full guide to the First Home Owner Grant

Nathan Gooley
Dec 20, 2020
Yard Financial Pty Ltd | ACN 623 357 513 | Australian Credit Licence 509481

Table of Contents

If you’re a first home buyer in Australia, you’ve probably heard about the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG). You may have heard about it but not understand what it is or whether you’re eligible for it. In this guide, you will find out what the FHOG is, the eligibility criteria, the amount you get and any other concessions or grants you may want to consider.

What is the First Home Owner Grant?

The First Home Owner Grant is a one-off lump sum payment made to first-time property buyers that met particular eligibility requirements. The scheme was introduced in 2000 to help offset the impact the GST might have on homeownership, especially for buyers making their first moves into the property market.

Although it’s a federally funded scheme, it’s managed and administered by each Australian state and territory independently. As such, each state and territory decide on the eligibility criteria, the amount of the grant given out and how you can use it.

Eligibility criteria for the First Home Owner Grant

Despite being administered by the individual states and territories that are some essential eligibility criteria that apply across Australia. This includes:

  • You, or at least one person you’re buying with, must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • All purchasers must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be purchasing as an individual, not a company or trust
  • You or your spouse, partner or co-purchaser have never owned or co-owned property in Australia before nor received the FHOG previously, there are some exceptions
  • You must live in the property for at least six months within the first 12 months of owning the property, if you’re building the 12-month timer starts on the date construction is complete

A state and territory breakdown of the First Home Owner Grant

As well as the FHOG each state and territory has other government grants or concessions they offer first home buyers. 

First Home Owner Grant NSW

How much will you receive for the First Home Owner Grant (New Homes)?

You’ll receive a grant of $10,000 to go towards the purchase or construction of your new home. 

What are the property types eligible for the First Home Owner Grant (New Homes)?

The FHOG covers the purchase of a new or substantially renovated property or the construction of a new property. If you’re purchasing the property can be no more than $600,00 and if you’re building it can’t be more than $750,000.

What other grants or concessions are available?

The First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme (FHBAS) offers a discount or even complete exemption for first home buyers on transfer duty, formerly stamp duty. This is available on new or existing properties so you can be eligible for both the FHOG and FHBAS.

The NSW Government made changes to the threshold for purchases of new homes and land eligible for the FHBAS from 1st August 2020, check out all the thresholds and concessions available here.

To find out more about the grants and concessions available in NSW, visit the Department of Revenue’s website.

First Home Owner Grant VIC

How much will you receive for the First Home Owner Grant?

There is a grant of $10,000 available when buying or building a new home in Victoria. Regional Victoria first home buyers can receive $20,000 if the contract was entered into prior to 30 June 2021.

What are the property types eligible for the First Home Owners Grant?

You must be purchasing a new or substantially renovated property or constructing a brand new property to be eligible for the First Home Owners Grant in Victoria. Your property value cannot exceed $750,000.

What other grants or concessions are available?

For first home buyers in Victoria they can access these additional duty exemptions or concessions on new or established properties:

  • First home buyer duty exemption for properties with a dutiable value under $600,000
  • First home buyer duty concession for properties with a dutiable value between $600,001 to $750,000
  • Off-the-plan duty concession reduces the dutiable value of your property if you’re purchasing off-the-plan and applies for either house and land packages or for refurbished lots
  • First home buyer with a family duty concession for properties valued at $200,000 or less
  • Pensioner one-off concession for new or established properties valued up to $750,000

See all the exemptions, concessions and requirements for any first home buyers grant in Victoria on the State Revenue Office website.

First Home Owner Grant QLD

How much will you receive for the First Home Owner Grant?

The QLD First Home Owner Grant gives $15,000 to first home buyers who qualify.

What are the property types eligible for the First Home Owner Grant?

The FHOG can be used towards buying or building a property valued no more than $750,000. This includes substantially renovated or other homes that have not been previously lived in or sold as a residential residence.

What other grants or concessions are available?

There are multiple duty concessions available to first home buyers in QLD. You can typically only be eligible for one of these three concessions:

  • First home concession - Removes any duty obligations on purchases under $500,000 and reduces the duty on purchases with a market value between $500,001 to $549,999
  •  First home vacant land concession - No duty is paid on vacant land valued under $250,000, concessions are available on vacant land valued up to $400,000
  • Home concession - This only applies to the first $350,000 value of the property but can be used if your property is valued above $550,000, therefore not eligible for the first home concession

If you live in regional QLD, you may also be eligible for the regional home building boost grant. Which is a short-term grant of $5,000 if you enter into your contract between 4th June and 31st December 2020. 

For more details on all the grants and concessions available as a first home buyer in QLD, visit the government’s website

First Home Owners Grant SA

How much will you receive for the First Home Owner Grant?

The First Home Owners Grant in SA offers $15,000 to first home buyers who meet the eligibility criteria.

What are the property types eligible for the First Home Owner Grant?

The FHOG is available for the purchase of new or substantial renovated properties or the construction of a new property with a market value of no more than $575,000. 

What other grants or concessions are available?

There are currently no other grants or concessions available to first home buyers in SA.

You can check the most up to date details of any grants or concessions available to first home buyers in SA on the Revenue SA website.

First Home Owners Grant WA

How much will you receive for the First Home Owner Grant?

The First Home Owners Grant in WA is $10,000 for buyers who qualify.

What are the property types eligible for the First Home Owners Grant?

The FHOG is eligible to be used for the purchase or building of a new home. The property value threshold depends on the location of your property.

  • South of the 26th parallel (includes metropolitan Perth) - valued up to $750,000
  • North of the 26th parallel - valued up to $1 million

What other grants or concessions are available?

First home buyers in WA may be entitled to the first home owner rate of duty (FHOR), which offers a concession on the full rate of transfer duty paid. Below is a breakdown of how FHOR is applied.

New home purchase price FHOR of duty Vacant land FHOR of duty
Under $430,000 Exempt from duty Under $300,000 Exempt from duty
$430,000 to $530,000 $19.19 payable for every $100 or part of $100 over $430,000 $300,000 to $400,000 $13.01 payable for every $100 or part of $100 over $300,000
Over $530,000 No concessions or exemptions Over $400,000 No concessions or exemptions

Find out more about the grants and concessions available to first home buyers in WA on the WA Department of Finance website.

First Home Owner Grant TAS

How much will you receive for the First Home Owner Grant?

The Tasmanian First Home Owners Grant has been increased to $30,000 until 30th June 2022.

What are the property types eligible for the First Home Owner Grant?

The FHOG in Tasmania is only applicable for the purchase or building of a new property. To qualify for the higher $30,000 grant, you must:

  • Enter into the contract between 1st April 2021 and 30th June 2022.
  • If you’re building, complete construction within 24 months of entering into a contract to build.

What other grants or concessions are available?

You may be eligible for a 50% discount on transfer duty if purchasing an established property with a dutiable value of $500,000. This is available to transactions that settle between 16th March 2021 and 30th June 2022 but not to buyers who are eligible for the FHOG.

To find out more about the Tasmanian FHOG or first home owner duty concession visit the State Revenue Office of Tasmania website.

First Home Owners Grant NT

How much will you receive for the First Home Owner Grant?

The First Home Owners Grant in NT is $10,000 for all eligible first home buyers.

What are the property types eligible for the First Home Owners Grant?

To qualify for the FHOG, you need to be purchasing or building a new property that hasn’t previously been lived in or sold as a residential property.

What other grants or concessions are available?

All NT property buyers can access a discount on their stamp duty of up to $18,601 if they purchased a principal place of residence before 30 June 2021. For first home buyers, they can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to purchase household goods.

If you’ve purchased an established property that you want to renovate you can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 until 5pm on 30th November 2020. The NT government is also offering the BuildBonus of $20,000 to build or buy a new home. The BuildBonus is available to the first 600 applicants.

Find out more about the grants, concessions and assistance offered to NT first home buyers on the state government's website.

First Home Owners Grant ACT

The ACT government changed how they managed the FHOG and now have the Home Buyer Concession Scheme, which offers duty concessions to eligible buyers. From 1st July 2019 for property purchases and 30th July 2019 for home construction ACT first home buyers will have access to the Home Buyer Concession Scheme.

Who is eligible for the Home Buyer Concession Scheme in the ACT?

To not pay any duty on your new home purchase:

  • All buyers must be at least 18 years old.
  • All buyers, including their partners (if any), must not have owned any other property in the last two years.
  • At least one buyer must live in the property for a year, starting within 12 months of settlement or construction completion.
  • The total gross income of all buyers (including partners if any) must not exceed the below thresholds:
Number of dependent children Total gross income threshold
0 $160,000
1 $163,330
2 $166,660
3 $169,990
4 $173,320
5 or more $176,650

If you have a partner, even if they won’t be an owner of the property, their income must be included.

How much will you receive for the Home Buyer Concession Assistance Scheme?

The Home Buyer Concession Assistance Scheme waives your need to pay duty on the purchase price of your property. See how much receiving this concession can save you by working out the duty payable with our calculator.

What are the property types eligible for the Home Buyer Concession Assistance Scheme?

All property purchases made in the ACT are eligible for the Home Buyer Concession Assistance Scheme. This means you can purchase a brand new home, land to build on or an established property and qualify for the concession.

What other grants or concessions are available?

There are no other grants or concessions available specifically for first home buyers in the ACT. 

Read more on the ACT revenue website.

How can you apply for the First Home Owner Grant?

To apply for the First Home Owners Grant, you can fill out the application form available on your local state or territory website. However, most first home buyers opt to apply for the FHOG through their lender as it can be done at the same time as applying for a home loan.

Speak to a Yard expert to see how they can help you access the FHOG in your state or territory when you apply for a home loan today.

When will you receive the First Home Owner Grant?

Payment of the FHOG depends on how you applied. If you’ve applied with your lender, you’ll likely receive the FHOG upon settlement or first drawdown of funds from your loan. On the other hand, if you’ve applied directly through your state or territory revenue department, it may require more documentation for you to receive payment of the FHOG.

Each state or territory may have additional conditions that trigger payment of the grant if you’re building or have purchased off-the-plan.

Can the First Home Owners Grant be counted towards your deposit?

Yes in most cases your lender will allow you to use the FHOG as part of your deposit for your home loan. However, it’s unlikely that any of the grant amounts will cover the full deposit so you probably shouldn’t rely on the grant as you deposit.

You may be able to access the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to also assist with your deposit.

Can first home buyers access the HomeBuilder Grant?

Applications to access the HomeBuilder Grant closed on 14 April 2021.

The HomeBuilder Grant had been made available to first home buyers that are building a home, substantially renovating their home or buying an off-the-plan property. It was offered by the federal government in partnership with the states and territories, providing eligible buyers who enter into a contract between 4th June 2020 and 31st December 2020 a grant of $25,000 if they apply before 31st December 2020. An extension to this grant provided eligible applicants with a $15,000 grant if they entered into a contract between 1st January 2021 and 31st March 2021.

If you’re a first home buyer looking to apply for the First Home Owners Grant speak to a Yard expert today to see how they can help.

Want to learn more?