First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: NAB opens waitlist

author-avatar By on December 17, 2019
First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: NAB opens waitlist

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As of today, NAB will begin taking expressions of interest from first home buyers wishing to secure their spot on a waitlist for a home loan through the government's First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme may not kick off until 1 January 2020, but that hasn't stopped one lender from allowing interested first home buyers to put their hands up. 

From today, NAB will begin taking expressions of interest from first home buyers wanting to participate in the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

NAB is one of 27 lenders who will be offering loans under the scheme which is set to allow eligible first home buyers the chance to get into the housing market with a deposit as low as 5% under a special government guarantee. Property price caps will also apply under the scheme.

The scheme will be limited to 10,000 loans each year on a first in, best dressed basis, with major lenders NAB and CommBank allocated up to 5,000 of these.

When you consider that for the month of October alone, there were 10,238 home loan commitments made by first home buyers (according to new ABS figures out today), many hopeful buyers are likely to miss out on the scheme. 

The table below displays a selection of variable-rate home loans on offer, featuring a low-rate pick from each of the following three categories: the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned banks, and the larger non-banks.

NAB Chief Customer Officer for Consumer Banking Mike Baird said NAB was proud to support Aussie first home buyers.

"We understand buying your first home is both an exciting and daunting process and we're here to help our customers throughout this journey," Mr Baird said.

"So far this year, our bankers have supported 18,000 Australians achieve their dream of owning their first home. This scheme is a fantastic way of helping even more customers, allowing them to potentially save thousands of dollars on their mortgage and enter the property market sooner."

Eligible first home buyers applying for the scheme through NAB may also be eligible for a $2,000 cash bonus (conditions apply). 

Prospective first home buyers can submit their enquiries online or via phone to a specialised team on 13 60 50.


The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure,, Performance Drive and are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Emma Duffy is Assistant Editor at Your Mortgage and  Your Investment Property Mag, which are part of the Savings Media Group. In this role, she manages a team of journalists and expert contributors committed to keeping readers informed about the latest home loan and finance news and trends, as well as providing in-depth property guides. She is also a finance journalist at which she joined shortly after its launch in early 2019. Emma has a Bachelor in Journalism and has been published in several other publications and been featured on radio.


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