The scheme (FHLDS) was extended as part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget for an additional 10,000 places, and supports applications from 6 October to 30 June next year.

The revised Scheme tightens its focus, and is instead only eligible for those purchasing new builds, which could also be used in conjunction with HomeBuilder.

It took just over four months for all 10,000 spots to be filled in the first wave of places, and under the FHLDS, there are 27 lenders participating (seen below).

CommBank and NAB comprise of about 50% of the loans settled under the Scheme since inception, according to a source at NAB.

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CommBank group executive Angus Sullivan said one in four home loans Australia-wide are with the bank, and said the bank has helped more than 3,000 borrowers settle a home under the Scheme, which has seen 20,000 spots in total available.

"We know that saving for a deposit can be difficult. Given the challenges faced by many of our customers over the past few months, we support any initiatives that play a constructive role in helping first home buyers get onto the property ladder and support the broader economic recovery, specifically in the construction industry," Mr Sullivan said.

“We are proud to have been a major participant in the Scheme since its inception and have helped more Australians purchase a home under the Scheme than any other lender."

NAB home ownership executive Andy Kerr said the Scheme was popular, and that the bank expects it to remain so this time around.

“The expansion of the Scheme will provide more opportunities for Australians to enter the housing market, while the focus on new builds will also support Australia’s critical construction sector," he said.

The FHLDS allows first home buyers to buy into the market with only a 5% deposit, without paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). 

In August it was revealed the Scheme supported one-in-eight first home buyers, while other banks have introduced their own discounted LMI special offers outside of the Scheme. 

New FHLDS price caps

As part of the extension announcement earlier in October, price caps for capital cities were also raised. The cap movements are:

  • Sydney: From $700,000 to $950,000
  • Melbourne: From $600,000 to $850,000
  • Brisbane: From $475,000 to $650,000
  • Canberra/ACT: From $500,000 to $600,000
  • Perth, Adelaide, Hobart: From $400,000 to $550,000
  • Darwin/NT: From $375,000 to $550,000

A number of regional centre specifications were also broadened and raised as well.

Lenders participating in the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

All up there are 27 lenders participating in the FHLDS.

Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank are the two major banks participating, while the remaining ones are:

  1. Australian Military Bank
  2. Auswide Bank
  3. Bank Australia
  4. Bank First
  5. Bank of us
  6. Bendigo Bank
  7. Beyond Bank Australia
  8. Community First Credit Union
  9. CUA
  10. Defence Bank
  11. Gateway Bank
  12. G&C Mutual Bank
  13. Indigenous Business Australia
  14. Mortgageport
  15. MyState Bank
  16. People’s Choice Credit Union
  17. Police Bank (including the Border Bank and Bank of Heritage Isle)
  18. P&N Bank
  19. QBANK
  20. Queensland Country Credit Union
  21. Regional Australia Bank
  22. Sydney Mutual Bank and Endeavour Mutual Bank (divisions of Australian Mutual Bank Ltd)
  23. Teachers Mutual Bank Limited (including Firefighters Mutual Bank, Health Professionals Bank, Teachers Mutual Bank and UniBank)
  24. The Mutual Bank
  25. WAW Credit Union

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