Renovating a home and HomeBuilder
Application cut-off date and Australian Government announcement
You can no longer apply for the HomeBuilder grant. Applications closed on Wednesday 14 April 2021.
The Australian Government announced an extension to the time that construction must start, from 6 months to 18 months for all applications.
You may have been eligible for the HomeBuilder grant if you were:
- renovating a home to live in
- demolishing and building a home to live in.
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. If you applied online, you have until 30 April 2023 to provide all supporting documents.
The grant is paid per home, and only once to an individual or couple. It is not available to investors who do not intend living in the home after the renovations and owner-builders.
- You must meet the eligibility criteria.
- Your contract is with a licensed builder, whose licence began before:
- 4 June 2020 for contracts signed before 29 November 2020
- 29 November 2020 for contracts signed on or after that date.
- The contract to renovate—or demolish and build—your home was signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 March 2021.
- The contract was entered into at arm’s length or otherwise at a fair market price.
- You were the owner of the property when you entered into the contract.
- The value of property before renovation (house and land) was less than $1.5 million.
- The contracted renovations cost between $150,000 and $750,000 (including GST).
- Building work under the contract must have commenced within 6 months of signing the contract.
- You must not be performing any of the construction work yourself under the contract.
- You must have been invoiced for and paid at least $150,000 (including GST) in construction costs under your contract by 30 April 2023.
Renovations must substantially alter the existing dwelling, to make the property more livable and improve its accessibility or safety.
They do not need to involve removal or replacement of foundations, external walls, interior supporting walls, floors, roof or staircases.
A substantial renovation includes demolishing an existing home and building a new home on the land.
Examples of works that do not qualify include:
- standalone granny flats
- swimming pools and tennis courts
- structures that are not connected to the home (i.e. fences, outdoor spas and saunas, sheds or standalone garages).
In these examples, the individuals also need to meet the eligibility criteria and application deadlines.
You must move into your renovated home as your principal place of residence after the renovations have been completed, 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, demolishing the existing home or renting out any rooms in the first year after you first move in may affect your eligibility for the first home concession or a first home vacant land concession.
Even though the residence requirements for this grant are similar to those for the home concessions, the grant and concessions are separate benefits—you need to meet the requirements in each case. For example, you can rent the home out before moving in and keep the grant, but you may lose the first 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.
You will need to provide these documents. These documents do not need to be certified.
- A copy of the building 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)
- Evidence of the value of your home (house and land) before the renovations, such as a market appraisal or bank valuation. This evidence must be within 3 months before the renovations commenced.
- A copy of a title search or the 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, including the first invoice issued for work carried out under the renovation contract and receipts to show that $150,000 has been paid to your builder
Check the status and update application
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. After 14 April, you will no longer be able to complete and lodge 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. At this stage, you cannot edit your application or change the documents that you have supplied.
- Lodged—your application is in the queue to be processed. (This could take up to 3 months.)
If you have changes to your application and it is at ‘documents required’, ‘submitted for processing’ or ‘lodged’ status, you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will not fast-track your application.
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 construction has commenced and at least $150,000 of the contract price for renovations has been paid to the builder.