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First Home Owners Grant WA

The Western Australian First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) is a one-off grant payable to first home owners that satisfy all the eligibility criteria. As well as the First Home Owners Grant, eligible first home buyers may also be able to apply for the First Home Owners Rate of Duty (FHOR) i.e. concessional Transfer Duty/Stamp Duty.

WA First Home Owners Grant

First Home Owners Grant Benefits

Buying an established home
First home owners buying an established home will not be eligible for the FHOG for contracts signed on or after 3rd October 2015. If you now miss out on the grant, don't totally despair, you may still be eligible for the FHOR.

Buying or building a new home
First home owners buying or building a new home are able to apply for a grant of up to $10,000.

First Home Owners Grant Eligibility

  1. To be eligible for the FHOG, applications must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:
  2. Each applicant must be a natural person (i.e. not a company or trust)
  3. Each applicant must be 18 years of age or over at the date of making an application.
  4. At least one of the applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the date of making an application.
  5. Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have previously received a FHOG or FHOR of duty under this scheme.
  6. Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have owned residential property anywhere in Australia before 1 July 2000.
  7. Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have previously owned residential property anywhere in Australia on or after 1 July 2000 and occupied that property as a place of residence before July 2004.
  8. Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have previously owned residential property anywhere in Australia on or after 1 July 2000 and occupied that property as a place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months that began on or after 1 July 2004.
  9. Each applicant must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months, commencing within twelve months of completion of the eligible transaction.
  10. Each applicant must have entered into an eligible transaction on or after 1 July 2000. An eligible transaction is defined under section 14 of the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000, but is generally a contract for the purchase or construction of a home, or commencement of construction of a home as an owner builder.
  11. For eligible transactions commencing on or after 1 January 2010, the total value of the home must not exceed the cap amount. The cap amount is:
    • $750,000 if the property is located south of the 26th parallel of south latitude, or
    • $1,000,000 if located north of the 26th parallel of south latitude.

If you're like me and you didn't have a clue where the 26th parallel is - here is a map showing where it is:

26th Parallel

Image source: Charles Darwin University

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