Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Jason Clare said the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) needs to be expanded to include the building of homes, which would in turn support tradies. 

"Labor is calling on the Morrison Government to expand the scheme by lifting the cap for first home buyers who build new homes," Mr Clare said in a statement. 

"This will assist first home buyers on low and middle incomes build a new home with a deposit of as little as 5% without the requirement to pay for lenders mortgage insurance, and keep tradies building homes instead of building a longer dole queue."

"Labor called for this on 30 May but it was ignored by the Government in its HomeBuilder scheme which has been panned as badly targeted and too small to save a lot of tradie jobs."

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The FHLDS was launched on January 1 of this year and can assist first-home buyers in securing a home loan with a deposit of 5% by guaranteeing up to 15% of the value of the home, saving buyers from the cost of Lender's Mortgage Insurance (LMI). 

The scheme was capped at 10,000 places which were filled entirely after five months, and the next round of the scheme opens on 1 July with another 10,000 places up for grabs over the next 12 months.

Mr Clare said the housing construction industry would fall off a cliff if the FHLDS wasn't expanded, in addition to a range of other measures.

"Labor has repeatedly called on the Morrison Government to ensure that their construction support package included:  

  1. Construction of more social housing;
  2. Repair and maintenance of existing social housing;
  3. Construction of more affordable rental accommodation for frontline workers;
  4. Expansion of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme for new builds; and
  5. Grants to first home buyers who build their first home.

"The Government needs to pull their head out of the sand, expand this scheme and help save the jobs of thousands of Aussie tradies." 

HomeBuilder in disarray?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the HomeBuilder scheme on June 4 to a chorus of criticism, and three weeks later the scheme is yet to kick into gear.

Each state and territory is responsible for administering the scheme but to date only Tasmania and South Australia have signed on. 

Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar said in a statement that HomeBuilder had been designed to complement each state and territories various existing housing grants and concessions.

"The Commonwealth is engaged at present with state and territory governments on the national partnership agreements to make the delivery of the HomeBuilder as seamless as possible," Mr Sukkar said.

A spokesperson for Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick told the ABC he had expressed concerns about the design and implementation of the scheme.

"The Queensland Government supports the intent of the policy and is seeking to resolve the remaining issues around administration," the spokesperson said.

"We're continuing to work with the Federal Government to resolve those matters as quickly as possible."

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