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Last Updated: 29th December, 2023

Discover the path to homeownership with exclusive first-home buyer schemes.

As a first-home buyer, you don’t want to miss out on these incredible opportunities designed to make your homeownership dreams a reality.

First-Home Buyer Schemes Available in 2024

Let’s go through the national government schemes available for first-home buyers in 2024:

Home Guarantee Scheme

The Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS) is an Australian government initiative to help eligible home buyers purchase their home sooner. It is administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC). It is a guarantor scheme where the government guarantees loans so eligible home buyers avoid paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), even with a deposit as low as 2% of the property value. LMI is usually paid when your deposit is less than 20% of the property value, which means you’re borrowing more than 80% of the property value. There are three schemes under the Home Guarantee Scheme:
Details First Home Guarantee Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee Family Home Guarantee
Minimum deposit 5% 5% 2%
Places FY24 35,000 10,000 5,000
Prior property ownership First-home buyers or previous homeowners who haven’t owned a property in Australia in the past 10 years. First-home buyers or previous homeowners who haven’t owned a property in Australia in the past 10 years. Single parents or single legal guardians, who do not currently own a property or do not intend to own a separate property when they settle on the home.
Location restrictions All locations Regional areas only All locations
Income Caps $125,000 per year for individuals or $200,000 per year for joint applicants $125,000 per year for individuals or $200,000 per year for joint applicants $125,000 per year
Who Can Apply? Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Can be individual or joint applicants
Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Individual or joint applicants
Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Single parent or single legal guardian of at least one dependant.

First Home Super Saver Scheme

The First Home Super Saver Scheme allows first-home buyers to save a deposit for their first home inside their super account, to take advantage of the concessional tax treatment. Under the scheme, the government has increased the total amount of savings borrowers can release from super to make a deposit on a home from $30,000 to $50,000. Tip: You’ll need a determination letter from the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) specifying the amount that can be released from your super to use as a deposit for a home loan.

Help To Buy Scheme

The Help to Buy Scheme is a shared equity scheme wherein the government helps first-home buyers purchase a home by contributing up to 40% of the property price for a new home and up to 30% for an existing one. The scheme is designed to help with the longstanding affordability crisis. There will be 10,000 places available for eligible Australians each year. The government has not confirmed the scheme will commence in 2024.

Find Out Which Schemes Are Available To You

Home Loan Experts can show you the government schemes for which you’re eligible and help you apply. Please speak with one of our specialist mortgage brokers by giving us a call on 1300 889 743 or by filling in our short assessment form to buy your first home. Find out the best path to your new home today!

What State Grants Are Available For First-Home Buyers in Australia?

There are various statewide grants and schemes available for first-home buyers. We’ve summarised what is available for each state and territory of Australia in the table below:
State/Territory Grants for first-home buyers Stamp duty exemptions/concessions Other grants and schemes available Official website
NSW $10,000 First Home Owner Grant for first-home buyers who want to build a new home or purchase a new or substantially renovated property It’s known as the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme, where a first-home buyer can either get an exemption or concession.
If the value of the property is $800,000 or less, stamp duty is exempted.
If the value of the property is between $800,000 to $1 million, stamp duty concessions are available.
Shared Equity Home Buyer Helper Get more information from NSW’s official website.
Victoria $10,000 First Home Owner Grant is available when you build or buy your first home No stamp duty for first-home buyers purchasing a house for $600,000 or less.
For a home between $600,000 and $750,000, stamp duty concessions are available
Victorian Homebuyer Fund Get more information from Victoria’s official website.
Queensland $30,000 First Home Owner Grant for buying or building a new home in Queensland It’s called the First Home Concession. Stamp duty exemption for properties $450,000 or below.
Stamp duty concessions are available for properties valued up to $600,000.
$5,000 Regional home building boost grant after the purchase or construction of a brand-new house, unit or townhouse in regional Queensland Get more information from Queensland’s official website.
Western Australia $10,000 First Home Owner Grant if you are buying or building a new home No stamp duty for homes valued at $430,000 or below or vacant land valued at $300,000 or below.
Stamp duty concessions are available between $430,001 to $530,000 for homes
$2,000 Home Buyers Assistance to reimburse some of the expenses incurred when buying a first home.
Western Australia Shared Home Ownership
Get more information from Western Australia’s official website.
South Australia $15,000 First Home Owner Grant for buying a new home No stamp duty for a new home below $650,000 or $400,000 for vacant land.
Stamp duty concessions are available for new homes valued at $700,000 or vacant land valued at $450,000.
None Get more information from South Australia’s official website.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) First Home Owner Grant is not available in ACT It’s called the Home Buyers Concession Scheme. No stamp duty for properties valued at $1 million or less.
Stamp duty concessions are available for properties valued at more than $1 million.
None Get more information from ACT Revenue Office’s website.
Northern Territory $10,000 first home owners grant for buying a new home The Territory Home Owner Discount (THOD) is not available. $2,000 to buy household goods Get more information from NT’s official website.
Tasmania $30,000 first home owner grant for transactions that commence between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2024. Stamp duty concessions for properties valued at $600,000 or less. None Get more information from Tasmania’s official website.

Frequently Asked Questions


How can we help?

As mortgage brokers, we can:

  • Apply for all the grants you’re eligible for
  • Make the entire end-to-end process simpler for you
  • Help you get a competitive interest rate on your home loan
  • Make finding a property easier with suburb reports, and property reports of your choosing
  • Order a free upfront valuation
  • Help you through settlement and beyond.

Please speak with one of our specialist mortgage brokers by giving us a call on 1300 889 743 or by filling in our short assessment form to buy your first home.