AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

GUIDE TO FIRST HOME OWNER ASSISTANCE

LEARN ABOUT THE ASSISTANCE

The Australian Capital Territory First Home Owner Grant (ACT FHOG) is a ACT government initiative to help first home owners to get their ‘new’ first home sooner. It is an amount of money paid by the ACT government to eligible first home owners.

Learn more about the ACT FHOG as well as other ACT government assistance for first home buyers below.

The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) is currently $7,000 for eligible first home owners in the ACT.

Important Tip: Grants and Concessions tend to change at short notice, therefore please double check with your state government what is available in your area before buying your first home!

First home buyers are generally eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • The home is a ‘new’ home
  • The FHOG Application must also be lodged within one year of the purchase of the property
  • For payment to be available at settlement or first draw down/progress payment you must lodge your application with an approved agent
  • A FHOG cap applies to eligible transactions that commence on or after 1 January 2011.  The cap limits the total value of eligible properties (i.e. total value of home and land) to $750,000 or less.
  • The applicant, or an applicant’s partner, must not have received an earlier grant. However an applicant may be eligible if the FHOG was paid but later paid back, either under the conditions on which the grant was made, or together with any penalties and/or interest that may have been imposed
  • One of the applicants must be over 18 and be Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • The applicant(s) must be natural persons
  • Each applicant must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least twelve months, commencing within twelve months of completion of the transaction

According to the ACT Revenue Office a ‘new’ or ‘substantially renovated’ property is:

  • a home that has not been previously occupied or sold as a place of residence; or
  • a substantially renovated home that, as renovated, has not been previously occupied or sold as a place of residence; or
  • a property which is subject to an ‘off the plan’ purchase agreement

Please note, substantially renovated properties are eligible for the FHOG but not the stamp duty concessions outlined later in this guide.

As Australia’s premier first home buyer organisation we have access to hundred’s of FHOG eligible homes – enquire today to start your search with the assistance of an FHBA Coach!

The Home Buyer Concession Scheme (HBCS) assist persons in purchasing a new residential home or residential vacant land by charging duty at a concessional (discount) rate. It applies to ‘new’ properties purchased between 7 June 2017 & 31 December 2017 (that fall under the relevant threshold).

New homes thresholds (applicable between 7 June 2017 & 31 December 2017):

  • $470,000 (or less) – $20 duty payable
  • $470,001 – $607,000 – $13.05 for every $100, or part of $100, by which the dutiable value exceeds $470,000 (minimum $20)
  • $607,001 (+) – no concession

Vacant land thresholds (applicable between 7 June 2017 & 31 December 2017):

  • $281,200 (or less) – $20 duty payable
  • $281.201 – $329,500 – $13.05 for every $100, or part of $100, by which the dutiable value exceeds $281,200 (minimum $20)
  • $329,501 (+) – no concession

In addition, to be eligible for a duty concession, the total Gross Income Test must be satisfied. The combined total gross income of all applicants over the full financial year prior to the transaction date, must be less than or equal to the relevant income threshold as follows:

  • 0 dependent children = income threshold of $160,000
  • 1 dependent children = income threshold of $163,330
  • 2 dependent children = income threshold of $166,660
  • 3 dependent children = income threshold of $169,990
  • 4 dependent children = income threshold of $173,320
  • 5 dependent children = income threshold of $176,650

For full details on these transfer duty concessions (including eligibility criteria) please ask your Mortgage Broker or visit the ACT Revenue Office website.

Applying for the FHOG and / or various duty concessions can be a little tricky. While you can check eligibility and apply online by yourself, we recommend you apply through the assistance of one of our FHBA Mortgage Brokers.

Our FHBA Mortgage Brokers are not only experts at finance matters such as home loans and the FHOG, but they are also experienced in helping first home buyers everyday. Our service is free of charge (should you proceed with a home loan option through us). We can check your eligibility, apply on your behalf and be with you every step, providing you with peace of mind that you haven’t missed a thing.

  • To learn more about our FHBA Mortgage Broking service and have one of our experts assist you with your application, please visit our FHBA Mortgages home page.
  • To apply online by yourself visit the ACT Government website and follow their instructions carefully.

As Australia’s premier first home buyer organisation we have access to hundred’s of FHOG eligible homes, from house & land packages, to townhouses, apartments and more. Called FHBA New Homes, our new homes search service involves us connecting you with leading property developers, builders and real estate experts, to help you find and secure your first home. Meanwhile, your FHBA Coach stay’s by your side every step of the way.

Plus, if you purchase your FHOG eligible home through our FHBA New Homes service you could be eligible for the FHBA 50 Rebate (in addition to any government entitlements you may be eligible for such as the FHOG!).

If you haven’t been introduced to FHBA Coach yet send us an email ([email protected]) or complete the enquiry form and one of our friendly FHBA Coaches will be in touch to provide you with a free Discovery Session.

If you are thinking of purchasing an existing home then unfortunately you will not be eligible for the ACT FHOG or transfer duty concessions, as one of the requirements is that it must be a ‘new‘ home.

If you would like some help with purchasing an established home (such as financing assistance; search assistance or negotiating assistance) we recommend you book in a free Discovery Session with an FHBA Coach.

CHECK ELIGIBILITY FOR GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES

FHBA’s new & innovative Eligibility Estimator allows you to self-estimate how your savings are tracking and whether you have enough saved to qualify for a home loan. Upon completion, we will instantly send you a complimentary Australian Property Monitors Postcode Report (Valued at $39.95)

Check how your tracking in 60 seconds!

 

Disclaimer: The FHBA Eligibility Estimator is intended as an approximate guide only. It uses a mixture of the data you input, median property prices from APM PriceFinder and estimated purchasing costs. You should not rely on the results of the Eligibility Estimator. Please contact an FHBA Coach who can arrange a more comprehensive estimate and advice based on your personal circumstances from a licensed professional.

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To see if your current savings are enough to buy in your selected suburb and to send you a complimentary FHBA Australian Property Monitors (APM) comprehensive postcode report for your selected suburb

Do you wish to capitalise LMI? i.e. add it to your loan (if your deposit is less than 20%)

Deposit Guide

  • 5%

    Deposit Amount:

    Lenders Mortgage Insurance:
    (Indicative Only)

    Stamp Duty:
    (Indicative Only)

    Mortgage Reg. Fee:

    Transfer Fee:

    Other Costs: $ 3,000

    Total Deposit + Costs Required:

    Your Current Savings:

    First Home Owner Grant:

    Total Funds Available:

    Surplus / (Deficit):

    The following amount will be capitalised onto the loan
    Lenders Mortgage Insurance:
    (Indicative Only)

  • 10%

    Deposit Amount:

    Lenders Mortgage Insurance:
    (Indicative Only)

    Stamp Duty:
    (Indicative Only)

    Mortgage Reg. Fee:

    Transfer Fee:

    Other Costs: $ 3,000

    Total Deposit + Costs Required:

    Your Current Savings:

    First Home Owner Grant:

    Total Funds Available:

    Surplus / (Deficit):

    The following amount will be capitalised onto the loan
    Lenders Mortgage Insurance:
    (Indicative Only)

  • 20%

    Deposit Amount:

    Lenders Mortgage Insurance:
    (Indicative Only)
    Nil

    Stamp Duty:
    (Indicative Only)

    Mortgage Reg. Fee:

    Transfer Fee:

    Other Costs: $ 3,000

    Total Deposit + Costs Required:

    Your Current Savings:

    First Home Owner Grant:

    Total Funds Available:

    Surplus / (Deficit):

    The following amount will be capitalised onto the loan
    Lenders Mortgage Insurance:
    (Indicative Only)
    Nil

5%

10%

20%

Deposit Amount

Lenders Mortgage Insurance
(Indicative Only)

NIL

Stamp Duty
(Indicative Only)

Mortgage Reg. Fee

Transfer Fee

Other Costs

$ 3,000

$ 3,000

$ 3,000

Total Deposit + Costs Required

Your Current Savings

First Home Owner Grant

Total Funds Available

Surplus / (Deficit)

The following amount will be capitalised onto the loan

Lenders Mortgage Insurance
(Indicative Only)

NIL

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Disclaimer: The information above is general in nature and should not be solely relied on. The source of this information was the ACT Revenue Office website. This factual information was true at the time of writing (last updated 3 July 2017). FHBA recommends you speak with a licensed professional about your circumstances so you can find out if you are eligible for any government assistance. FHBA does not recommend that you buy a new property simply so you can receive government assistance. For more information on using our website please read our full Terms & Conditions policy.

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