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Buying a home and HomeBuilder

If you bought a new home or an off-the-plan home to live in, you may have been eligible for the HomeBuilder grant.

The grant is:

  • $25,000 for contracts signed between 4 June and 31 December 2020
  • $15,000 for contracts signed between 1 January and 31 March 2021.

Applications for the grant closed on 14 April 2021. You have until 30 April 2023 to confirm your application and provide all supporting documents. We are not accepting late applications.

Check the status and update application

We received tens of thousands of applications for the grant. Because of the number and their complexity, there are lengthy processing delays (2–3 months). We will let you know a decision as soon as we can. Make sure you have provided all the documents we need.

You can log in and check the status of your application.

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  • Incomplete—you have started your application but information is missing. You need to complete the required fields and confirm your application.
  • Documents required—you’ve lodged your application and we need supporting documents by 30 April 2023. You can log in and see what documents you have provided and what is still required. You can upload additional documents under Other.
  • Submitted for processing—we have all your documents and no further action is required from you. It could take up to 2 months before your application is allocated to an assessor who will contact you.
  • Lodged—your application is in the queue to be processed. (For the majority of cases, this could take a few weeks.)

We process grant applications in order of date received. Once your application is at 'lodged' status, you don’t need to contact us to check the progress. We will notify you when a decision has been made.

When the grant is paid

The grant is paid into your nominated bank account once all the supporting evidence is submitted, including the registration confirmation statement listing you as the owner on title.

The grant is paid per home, and only once to an individual or couple. It is not available to investors buying an investment property.

Requirements for buying applications

  • You must meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The licensed builder must have held a licence before:
    • 4 June 2020 for contracts signed before 29 November 2020
    • 29 November 2020 for contracts signed on or after that date.
  • The contract was entered into at arm’s length or otherwise at a fair market price.
  • The contract was signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 March 2021.
  • The contract price was $750,000 (including GST) or less.
  • Excavation and site preparation for your new home must have commenced on or after 4 June 2020.
  • If excavation and site preparation had not commenced when the contract was entered into, it must commence within 18 months of signing the contract.

Examples

In these examples, the individuals also need to meet the eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

Luka, a builder, starts constructing a display home in late June 2020. He sells the completed property in October 2020 to Giovanni.

Luka enters into a lease to use the property exclusively as a display home until February 2021.

Giovanni is not eligible for the grant because the home is not his principal place of residence immediately after settlement.

Big Developer is selling off-the-plan units that are under construction. Excavation and site work for the development began in March 2020.

Mia signs a contract with the Big Developer on 1 August 2020, with an expected settlement date in December 2021.

Mia is not eligible for the grant because construction began before 4 June 2020.

Svetlana and Michael sign a contract on 4 January 2021 for an apartment. Settlement is due in August 2023 after construction is completed.

They are not eligible for the grant because they will not be able to provide the required supporting evidence by 30 April 2023.

On 1 December 2020, Nelly pays Bruce $600,000 to buy a duplex home, which he started building in July 2020.

Nelly is an Australian citizen. She will reside in the home with her partner, who is a permanent resident. Only Nelly’s name will appear on the title as owner.

Nelly is eligible for the grant because she is applying as an individual (not as part of a couple).

Your obligations

You must move into your new home as your principal place of residence after the title is transferred to your name and live there continuously for 6 months.

You can rent out one or more rooms in the home during this 6-month period, as long as this arrangement doesn’t affect your use of the home. However, renting out any rooms in the first year after you first move in may affect your eligibility for the first home concession or home concession.

We may ask you to verify that you have met these requirements later, by providing us with documents that support the period of occupancy for all applicants.

Supporting evidence

You will need to provide these documents. These documents do not need to be certified.

  • A copy of the contract dated between 4 June 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • A copy of your Australian Taxation Office notice of assessment for the year ended 30 June 2019 or 30 June 2020 with your tax file number concealed (If applying with your spouse, you both must provide the notice for the same year.)
  • A copy of your Australian birth certificate, Australian passport or Australian citizenship certificate
  • A copy of photo ID such as an Australian driver licence, Australian proof of age card or Australian firearm licence (not needed if you have provided a copy of your Australian passport)
  • Certificates to confirm name change or marital status (e.g. marriage, divorce, death, separation)
  • A copy of a title search or registration confirmation statement that shows you and your spouse (if applying as a couple) as registered owners on the title
  • Evidence of when construction commenced (e.g. inspection certificate, statement from developer).

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