Am I Eligible for the First Home Owner Grant

First Home Owner Grant General Information

The First Home Owner Grant Scheme has been established to assist first home owners to purchase or build a new home by offering a $15,000 grant. FHOG (New Homes) will apply to eligible transaction, where the transaction commencement date (contract date) is on or after 1 October 2012. The FHOG (New Homes) grant will reduce to $10,000 on 1 January 2016 for eligible transactions which have a commencement date (contract date) on or after 1 January 2016.

Broad principles of the grant are:

  • Eligible applicants must be a natural person (not a company) who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident building their first home in Australia
  • To qualify, neither the applicant nor their spouse (or defacto) can have previously owned a home, either jointly or separately.
  • Joint applicants will be restricted to a single application for a single property. Only one payment will be granted.

If you are building your first home, you may be eligible for further benefits under the First Home Owner Grant Scheme and the First Home Plus Scheme. The assistance available to you depends on which state or territory you live in.

Further information is available at these websites:

General Information:
New South Wales –
Queensland –
Tasmania –
South Australia –
Western Australia –
Australian Capital Territory –
Victoria –
Northern Territory –

Please note – this information was correct as of 1 November 2013.