FAQ's

First Home Owner Grant Eligibility FAQs:

 
 
My partner and I are both eligible for the First Home Owners Grant. When we buy our first home together, will we receive the Grant twice? 
Unfortunately the First Home Owners Grant is payable per property purchase, not per individual. So assuming you are both eligible for the Grant and you purchase your first home together, you will only receive one payment.
If I buy an investment property now, am I still eligible for the First Home Owners Grant when I buy my own home later on?
 
Yes. You will not be able to claim the First Home Owners Grant on the investment property, however you will still be eligible to claim the First Home Owners Grant when you subsequently purchase your own home, providing you meet all the other eligibility criteria for the Grant.
I am a New Zealand citizen living in Australia. Am I eligible for the First Home Owners Grant?
 
It depends on your residency status. If you are an Australian permanent resident (hold a permanent visa) or a New Zealand citizen and hold a special category visa, then you will be eligible for the First Home Owners Grant.

When you apply for the Grant you will need to provide proof of your permanent residency or that you hold a special category visa. As special category visas are electronically recorded and not stamped on the passport, you wil
l also need to provide evidence that you are residing in Australia at the time of the application. This can be proved by submitting copies of bills, rental agreements etc.
I previously owned a home with my ex-partner. When we separated we sold the property. Am I now eligible for the First Home Owners Grant when I purchase a home with my new partner?
 
One of the criteria for the Grant is that you must not have previously owned or co-owned a home and lived in it. So assuming you lived in the house with your ex-partner, and the property was in both names, you will not be eligible to receive the Grant now.
I have already received the first home owner grant when I bought my home. Can my partner now buy a property in his name only and claim the grant?
 
One of the criteria for the First Home Owners Grant is that neither you, nor your spouse / partner, have claimed the Grant before. Unfortunately because you have already received the Grant, your partner will not be able to claim the Grant even if the property is purchased in his sole name. (NB a defacto according to the Office of State Revenue is partners who you have lived with for more than 2 years - this may mean that defactos who have lived together for less than 2 years may be eligible to receive the grant)
I own a home in NSW. I am selling and moving to Brisbane. Am I eligible for the First Home Owners Grant when I buy in QLD?
 
No. One of the criteria for the First Home Owners Grant is that neither you nor your spouse own or have owned a home in any State or Territory in Australia. Since you already own a home you will not be eligible for the Grant again.