Increasing property prices can make it more challenging for first home buyers to get into the market. But, there are government grants out there that can provide the cash boost you need to get into a home of your own sooner.

Find out how the First Home Owner Grant in Tassie can help you.


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How much is the First Home Owner Grant in Tasmania?

Until 30 June 2024, the Tasmanian First Home Owner Grant offers first home buyers $30,000 who purchase or build a new home. A new home is a home that has not previously been occupied or sold as a place of residence. The grant is not available for established homes.

Out of all states and territories, Tasmania offers the highest grant.

Just like the Northern Territory, there is no price limit on the value of your first home to be eligible for the First Home Owners Grant in Tasmania. Similarly, income also does not affect your eligibility for the grant, meaning anyone can apply.

First Home Owner Grant eligibility

All applicants for the grant must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • At least one applicant be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

  • Occupy the home as your principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months commencing within 12 months of an eligible transaction

  • You or your partner must not have owned a residential property in Australia before 1 July 2000

  • You or your partner must not have owned and occupied a residential property for more than six months in Australia after 1 July 2000

  • You or your partner must not have received the first home owner grant before

How to apply for the First Home Buyer Grant in Tasmania?

To apply for the First Home Owner Grant, you can lodge an application through an approved agent (your lender of mortgage broker), or, you can lodge your own application through the Tasmanian State Revenue Office.

When is the grant paid?

If the application is lodged via the State Revenue Office, the grant will be paid after completion of the eligible transaction. Earlier payment may be authorised by the Commissioner if deemed appropriate.

If your application was lodged by an approved agent (generally the lender you’re financing with), the payment will be made when:

Contract to build Payment is made following completion of the laying of the foundations (typically the first progress payment)
Purchasing a new home or an off the plan home The grant is paid to your financial institution on settlement of your property
Owner builder Payment is made on receipt of an occupancy certificate

Can first home buyers get stamp duty discounts in Tasmania?

Receiving stamp duty discounts in Tassie all comes down to the type of home you actually buy.

If you buy or build a new home, you’re eligible for the First Home Owner Grant, but cannot receive stamp duty concessions.

On the other hand, if you buy an established home, you may be eligible for savings on stamp duty, but cannot claim the First Home Owner Grant.

First home buyers who choose to purchase an established home valued at $600,000 or less can receive a 50% discount on stamp duty. To qualify, the buyer must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of six months, beginning within 12 months of the transfer. Further, if you’re purchasing as a couple, both parties must be first-time buyers to receive the concession.

This concession is due to end on 30 June 2023.

What other TAS schemes and grants can first home buyers use?

The Regional First Home Guarantee

The Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee Scheme is designed to target first home buyers in regional Australia.

With the Regional First Home Guarantee, 10,000 guarantees each year will help first-home buyers purchase a regional home with as little as 5% loan deposit without having to pay LMI. This means you can borrow up to 95% of the property value, with the federal government providing the lender with a guarantee of up to 15%.

The Family Home Guarantee

The Family Home Guarantee allows single parents to secure a home loan with as little as a 2% deposit (via a government guarantee of up to 18%). Launched on 1 July 2021, 5,000 spots will be available every financial year until June 2025. Participants must be a first home buyer, with a maximum income of $125,000. The loan must be repaid through principal and interest repayments and can’t be longer than 30 years.

The First Home Super Saver Scheme

The First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSS) helps first home buyers save up a deposit by utilising the tax discounts that superannuation can offer. Essentially, it allows first home savers to salary sacrifice up to $15,000 per year towards the scheme at a discounted tax rate of only 15% (instead of their marginal tax rate).

When ready to buy a house, up to $50,000 can be released from the scheme (plus any earnings).

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