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Applying for a first home owner grant

How and when to apply

You must apply for the grant within the following timeframes.

  • Buying your home
    You must apply within 1 year of taking possession of the new home and your title being registered.
  • Contract to build
    You must apply within 1 year of the new home being completed; for instance, the final inspection certificate being issued.
  • Owner–builder
    You must apply within 1 year of the new home being completed; for instance, the final inspection certificate being issued.

In some special cases, this period may be extended. If you are applying outside the application period, you need to include in your application a written statement explaining your circumstances.

Using the grant as a deposit

The grant is paid at different times depending on how and when you apply, and on whether you are building or buying. For this reason, it’s best not to count on using the grant as a deposit.

You do not need a deposit to apply for the grant itself.

The grant is paid per new home and not to each of the applicants for the same home.

Ways to apply

There are two ways to submit an application for the Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant:

  • through an approved bank or lending institution
  • with the Office of State Revenue.

Applying through banks and lending institutions

If you need the funds for settlement or want to receive the grant as soon as possible, apply through an approved agent (e.g. bank or lending institution). Take your completed application form and all supporting documentation (which must include the signed contract to buy or build your first home, if applicable) to the agent to process the grant.

Your agent can also accept scanned applications, as long as these are:

  • complete
  • signed and witnessed
  • clearly legible.

They will confirm your eligibility and manage your application.

There are penalties for giving false or misleading information.

Applying to the Office of State Revenue

If you are building or buying your new home (either under a contract or as an owner-builder) and applying for the grant directly with us, the grant is not paid until you have supplied us with the final inspection certificate. Other home owner grants (i.e. HomeBuilder, Regional home building boost) have different requirements about which documents have to be supplied and when.

You can apply by post or email.

Post

Post your completed, original application form and all supporting documentation (which must include the signed contract to buy or build your first home, if applicable) to:

Office of State Revenue
GPO Box 953
Brisbane Qld 4001

Email

We will also accept scanned applications, as long as these are:

  • complete
  • signed and witnessed
  • clearly legible.

Email your scanned application to fhogadmin@treasury.qld.gov.au.

Once your application is submitted, we will process most applications within 10 working days of receiving all the required information. This may take longer if we are processing a large number of applications or if applications are incomplete —make sure you provide supporting documentation by using the form’s checklist. If you apply through an approved bank or financial institution, you may get the grant sooner.

We may contact you for more information to confirm your eligibility for the grant.

There are penalties for giving false or misleading information.

In this guide:

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Understand your obligations
  3. How and when to apply
  4. When the grant is paid

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