First Home Owners Grant Guide
Lodging your First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) application
Did you know that less than 20% of first home owners grant applications are lodged correctly the first time around? We’ve created this guide to help first home buyers to put in a complete application which will be approved quickly.
Please take great care when lodging your application! If you do not complete the form correctly, delay sending in the form or do not provide the correct supporting documents then the settlement of your new home will be delayed!
What is the First Home Owners Grant?
The first home owners grant is a one-off grant payable to first home owners that meet particular eligibility criteria. It is designed to help first home buyers to enter the property market and is funded by the Federal Government however is managed by the State Governments.
The first home benefits vary between states as some state governments offer additional grants or have stamp duty exemptions or concessions for first home buyers. Please be careful as the eligibility criteria for these state benefits may differ to those for the first home owners grant.
How much is the First Home Owners Grant?
The first home owners grant amount will vary depending on which state you are in, if you are buying a new or established home, if you are buying vacant land and building and the purchase price of the property that you are buying.
For this reason we strongly recommend that you visit your state government’s website or call their first home buyer hotline to confirm the benefits you will receive.
You can contact your state government below:
- NSW Office Of State Revenue Ph: 1300 130 624.
- QLD Office Of State Revenue Ph: 1300 300 734.
- State Revenue Office Victoria Ph: 13 21 61.
- ACT Revenue Office Ph: (02) 6207 0028.
- WA Department Of Finance Ph: 1300 363 211.
- Revenue SA Ph: (08) 8226 3750.
- NT Revenue Office Ph: 1300 305 353.
- TAS Department Of Treasury & Finance Ph: (03) 6233 2927.
First Home Owners Grant eligibility criteria
The first home owners grant is available to people buying or building their first home and who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Each applicant is a natural person i.e. is not a company or trust.
- At least one applicant is a Permanent Resident (PR) or Australian citizen (NZ Citizens have automatic PR).
- Each applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
- All applicants and/or their spouse/de facto have not owned a residential property, jointly, separately or with some other person, in any State or Territory of Australia before 1 July 2000.
- All applicants and/or their spouse/de facto have not owned on or after 1 July 2000 a residential property and occupied that property jointly, separately or with some other person in any State or Territory of Australia for a continuous period of at least six months.
- Each applicant has entered into a contract for the purchase of a home or signed a contract to build a home on or after 1 July 2000. In the case of an owner-builder, laying of the foundations commenced on or after 1 July 2000.
- The total value of the property does not exceed the cap amount (Cap amount varies between states).
- This is the first time an applicant and/or their spouse/de facto will receive a grant under the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000 in any State or Territory (unless subsequently repaid).
- At least one applicant will occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months, commencing within 12 months of settlement or construction of the home.
Please note that this criteria is current as at the time that it has been published. You should contact your state government to confirm the criteria for your state as it may differ. In particular the cap on the value of your property does vary between states and in some states there is no cap.
Note that other first home benefits such as additional grants or stamp duty exemptions are offered by the state government and so may have different eligibility criteria.
How to apply for the grant
When you are buying or building a property then it is most common for people to apply for the grant via their lender. Lenders act as an approved agent on behalf of the state government and will process the payment of your grant with your loan funds.
If you are using us as your mortgage broker then we will assist you with your grant application free of charge. Simply call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and we will email you the required application form and list of required documents.
Download First Home Owners Grant application forms
You can download a first home owners grant application form for the different states:
- NSW First Home Owners Grant Application Form
- VIC First Home Owners Grant Application Form
- QLD First Home Owners Grant Application Form
- SA First Home Owners Grant Application Form
- TAS First Home Owners Grant Application Form
- WA First Home Owners Grant Application Form
- ACT First Home Owners Grant Application Form
- NT First Home Owners Grant Application Form
Please note that we try our best to keep the forms up to date however we highly recommend that you only use the provided for reference and refer to your Office of State Revenue’s website for all up to date applications.
Filling in the application form
Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online for a current copy of the application form for your state.
When you fill in the application form please do the following:
- Use a black pen.
- Write clearly with block letters.
- Please include any former names or maiden names,
- Use your legal name as per your birth certificate or passport,
- The date you sign the form must be after the date on your contract of sale or building contract.
- If you are unsure of any questions then please call us to discuss, do not guess answers!
- If you make a mistake please cross it out neatly, write your correction next to that section and both you and your partner must initial the change.
- If you make a mistake on a QLD or VIC first home owners grant application then please reprint the page that you made the mistake on.
- Do not use white out!
The form must be witnessed by someone over the age of 18 (must not be a family member). If you and your partner are applying together then you cannot witness each other’s signature. The witness must clearly write down their full name including any middle names and residential address (PO Boxes are not acceptable).
If you are using us as your mortgage broker then please mail this form back to us along with your supporting documents.
Contract of sale
All states and territories are required to submit a copy of the contract with every application form.
In Vic (contract of sale signed by all parties), NSW (vendor signed contract of sale) and ACT (vendor signed contract of sale) this must be a certified copy. For the other states the contract does not need to be certified.
If you are using us as your mortgage broker then we will contact your conveyancer, solicitor or settlement agent to obtain a copy of your contract of sale.
If your application is being processed by an approved agent such as your bank, then the required documents may differ to those listed on the form. Below are the ID requirements for applications lodged via a lender.
All ID documents must be certified!
If you are an Australian citizen:
- Australian birth certificate issued by Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, OR
- Australian citizenship certificate, OR
- Australian Passport (not accepted by NSW if you were born in Australia).
If you are a New Zealand citizen:
- Current passport (NOTE: New Zealand citizens must be living in Australia upon completion of the eligible transaction)
If a citizen of another country:
- Current Passport – Photo page, AND
- Evidence of permanent residency or permanent residence visa such as the page of your passport showing your PR.
- NOTE: At least one applicant must have Permanent Residency Visa or Citizenship of Australia
Additional supporting documents
All additional documents must be certified!
You may require additional certified documents in the following situations:
- Married – a certified copy of your marriage certificate,
- Divorced – a certified copy of your divorce certificate,
- Widowed – a certified copy of the death certificate of your spouse/partner,
- Separated – a statutory declaration with the following information:
- The name of your former spouse/partner,
- Former spouse/partner’s date of birth,
- The date you were married or commenced your domestic relationship,
- The date you separated,
- Your former spouse/partner’s current address (if known), and
- A statement to the effect that you do not live together and have no intention of resuming cohabitation.
- If you have changed your name – a certified copy of the change of name certificate,
How to correctly certify documents
A certified copy is a true copy of an original document that has been sighted and certified by an authorised person such as a justice of the peace, solicitor or police officer. It must be noted as follows:
“I certify that I have sighted the original document and that this is a true copy of it.”
“I certify that this is a true copy of the document shown and reported to me as the original.”
“I certify that this and the following twelve (12) pages are a true copy of the document shown and reported to me as the original.” (For multiple page documents only. The certifier must sign the first page and initial each following page).
This certification must be on each document and have the:
- Certifier’s full name including any middle names,
- Title (position held) or qualification e.g. Justice of the peace or Solicitor,
- Registration number (where applicable) and
- Be signed and dated by the certifier.
- Certifier’s clause note must be clear and readable, especially in the case where the certifier is using a stamp.
Do not assume that your solicitor, police officer or local JP will correctly certify your documents! Please check to make sure they have met the above listed requirements.
Do you need help?
We help our customers with their first home owners grant application. Please call us on 1300 889 743 and we will assist you to complete the form, provide the correct supporting documentation as well as following up with the lender to make sure your grant is approved and paid promptly.
If you would like our help then please call us on 1300 889 743.