How much is stamp duty in VIC?

Enter your details in our stamp duty calculator and it will calculate the stamp duty payable and also work out if you’re eligible for a grant or reduced stamp duty in Victoria (VIC).

What is stamp duty?

Stamp duty in Victoria is also called Land Transfer Duty.

It is an upfront fee that is imposed by the state government when buying or acquiring property in Victoria.

How to calculate stamp duty in VIC

Stamp duty in Victoria is calculated on the purchase price or the property’s value on the open market (whichever is greater).

It is calculated on a sliding scale and starts at 1.4% if the property is valued at $25,000 and rises to 5.5% if the property is valued at or above $960,000.

 

Stamp duty range  How much stamp duty do I pay in Victoria?
$0 to $25,000 1.4% of the dutiable value of the property
$25,001 to $130,000 $350 + 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000
$130,001 to $960,000 $2,870 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000
More than $960,000  5.5% of the dutiable value

Source: Victoria State Revenue Office

For example, if you purchase a $650,000 property in Victoria, you fall under the $130,001 to $960,000 stamp duty range. Therefore, you would need to pay $2,870 + 6% of 650,000 = $41,870.  

If you purchase a $1.25 million property in Melbourne, you fall under the ‘More than $960,000’ stamp duty range. Therefore, the stamp duty you’ll pay is $68,750 

Stamp duty is one of the biggest upfront costs you need to pay when buying a property. 

Fortunately for some buyers there are stamp duty exemptions and concessions available in Victoria. 


VIC stamp duty exemptions

When is stamp duty exempted in VIC?

Stamp duty or land transfer duty is exempted or concessions are available under the following circumstances: 

50% stamp duty discount to buy commercial and industrial property in regional Victoria

As part of Victoria’s government coronavirus relief measures, a 50% stamp duty concession is available for commercial, industrial and extractive industries in regional Victoria.

The discount will apply to contracts entered on or after 1 January 2021 to buy commercial or industrial property in regional Victoria.

Are there stamp duty exemptions for first home buyers in Victoria?

Yes, there are stamp duty exemptions and concessions for first home buyers in Victoria, under the following conditions: 

  • You enter into a contract of sale to buy your first home on or after 1 July 2017. 
  • You are exempted from paying stamp duty if the value of the property is $600,000 or less. 
  • There are stamp duty concessions available if the value of the property is between $600,001 to $750,000. 
  • You must fulfil the eligibility criteria of the First Home Owners Grant. However, unlike the grant, stamp duty exemption or concession is available for either new or established homes. 
  • You must reside in your property for a continuous period of 12 months from settlement. 

How much is the stamp duty concession for first home buyers in Victoria?

The amount of concession available works on a sliding scale. The closer the value is to $605,000 the more you save on stamp duty concessions. 

Property value ($) Stamp duty before concession ($) Stamp duty after concession ($)
605,000 31,370 1,045 
625,000 32,570 5,428
650,000 34,070 11,356
675,000 35,570 17,785
700,000 37,070 24,713
725,000 38,570 32,141
745,000 39,770 38,444

Source: Stamp duty concession for first home buyers in Victoria, OSR 

Are there first home buyer stamp duty exemptions or concessions for vacant land?

Yes, as a first home buyer, there are stamp duty exemptions or concessions if you’re buying vacant land if the following conditions are met: 

  • You entered a contract to buy vacant land on or after  1 July 2017. 
  • You entered a contract to build on the land within 12 months. 
  • Your home is completed and ready to move into within 12 months of settlement on the contract to buy vacant land. 

Please note that only the value of the vacant land is considered when assessing exemptions or concessions. The value of the building contract is not included. 


Stamp duty exemption: Bushfire duty relief scheme

If you were affected by the 2019-2020 Victorian bushfires, the government announced that land tax and stamp duty exemptions or concessions are available: 

  • Relief of up to $55,000 for replacement homes valued at or below $1 million. 
  • Relief capped at $55,000 for replacement homes valued above $1 million. 
  • Relief is also available for the purchase of vacant land where a replacement home will be built. 

You will have up to four years to claim the relief. 

For more information, please visit the Victorian bushfire response page.


What is the stamp duty for foreign buyers in VIC?

In addition to stamp duty, a foreign buyer must also pay an additional duty rate of 8%. 

Therefore, if a foreigner is buying a property in Victoria valued at $960,001 then the total duty paid would be 13.5% of the property value ie. 5.5% stamp duty + 8% additional duty. 

There are stamp duty exemptions for foreign buyers under the following conditions: 

  • You are a  New Zealand citizen with a special category visa (Subclass 444) 
  • You are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia 
  • You are buying a home with a spouse/partner who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen with a special category visa. 
  • Must live in the property as the principal place of residence continuously for 12 months after becoming entitled to the property. 
  • A foreigner acquires the property under a will. 
  • The property acquisition qualifies for the First Home Owners Grant. 
  • The property is transferred between partners (including if the property is transferred after a relationship breakdown).

FAQ: Stamp duty Victoria

Are there stamp duty concessions for off-the-plan purchases in Victoria?

Yes, there are stamp duty concessions for off-the-plan purchases in Victoria if the following conditions are met: 

  • You reside in the property 12 months from the settlement date. 
  • The value of the property cannot exceed $550,000. If you’re a first home buyer, the value of the property cannot exceed $750,000. 

Please visit this website for more information on off-the-plan stamp duty concessions in Victoria. 

Who pays stamp duty in VIC?

The buyer is responsible for paying stamp duty in Victoria. 

If you’ve bought a property in Victoria, you will pay stamp duty once the sale or transfer is complete. 

Your conveyancer or solicitor will lodge an application on your behalf.

When is stamp duty payable in VIC?

Stamp duty in Victoria is usually paid at settlement.

The buyer has up to 30 days after settlement to pay for stamp duty. If stamp duty is not paid after 30 days, then penalty tax and interest might apply.  

The property title will not be transferred to the buyer’s name until the stamp duty is paid. 


Are you ready to apply for a home loan?

Our mortgage brokers can assess your situation and work out if you have a large enough deposit to buy a home.

They can also clarify any questions you may have about the cost of stamp duty in Victoria, transfer fees or first home owners grants.

Speak to one of our specialist mortgage brokers by calling us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our online assessment form to find out if you’re ready to buy.

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