The new interactive questionnaire will indicate whether potential applicants are eligible to apply by asking questions relating to citizenship, whether or not they have ever owned or had an interest in residential property in Australia, and what their taxable income is.

To be eligible for the scheme, you must be a first home buyer on an income of up to $125,000 for singles, or a combined income of up to $200,000 for couples (both must be first home buyers).

“The tool is provided as a guide only and does not mean that people using it will receive either a guarantee or a loan from a participating lender,” the NHFIC said in a statement.

“It is your responsibility to find out whether or not your particular circumstances make you eligible for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. If in doubt, it is your responsibility to get the advice you need from a participating lender or otherwise to be sure of your position.”

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.

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LenderHome LoanInterest Rate Comparison Rate* Monthly Repayment Repayment type Rate Type Offset Redraw Ongoing Fees Upfront Fees LVR Lump Sum Repayment Additional Repayments Split Loan Option TagsFeaturesLinkCompare
6.04% p.a.
6.06% p.a.
Principal & Interest
Featured Online ExclusiveUp To $4K Cashback
  • Immediate cashback upon settlement
  • $2,000 for loans up to $700,000
  • $4,000 for loans over $700,000
5.99% p.a.
5.90% p.a.
Principal & Interest
Featured Apply In Minutes
  • No application or ongoing fees. Annual rate discount
  • Unlimited redraws & additional repayments. LVR <80%
  • A low-rate variable home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
Important Information and Comparison Rate Warning

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to be made on variables as selected and input by the user. Some products will be marked as promoted, featured or sponsored and may appear prominently in the tables regardless of their attributes. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the product provider’s website. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. *The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Rates correct as of . View disclaimer.

The eligibility tool will complement the existing property price lookup tool that has been developed to assist first home buyers to determine the property price threshold that applies under the scheme.

The scheme will be targeted to ‘entry-level’ properties, with a maximum eligible loan size determined on a regional basis to reflect the median house prices and stamp duty concessions in each of the states and territories.

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme property price caps:

Region Price Cap ($AUD)
NSW – capital city $700,000
NSW – regional centre (Newcastle and Lake Macquarie) $700,000
NSW – regional centre (Illawarra) $700,000
NSW – other $450,000
VIC – capital city $600,000
VIC – regional centre (Geelong) $600,000
VIC – other $375,000
QLD – capital city $475,000
QLD – regional centre (Gold Coast) $475,000
QLD – regional centre (Sunshine Coast) $475,000
QLD – other $400,000
WA – capital city $400,000
WA – other $300,000
SA – capital city $400,000
SA – other $250,000
TAS – capital city $400,000
TAS – other $300,000
ACT $500,000
Northern Territory $375,000
Jervis Bay Territory & Norfolk Island $450,000
Christmas Island & Cocos (Keeling) Island $300,000

Applications for the scheme open on 1 January 2020 and will be lodged directly through participating lenders and their brokers.

“NHFIC has received strong interest from both potential first home buyers and lenders in the scheme, having responded to more than 1,300 enquiries about the scheme to date,” the NHFIC said.

Last week, NAB was announced as the first lender to be appointed to the panel with the remainder of the panel to be announced in the coming weeks.

Westpac was allegedly axed as the second major lender for the scheme after being accused of 23 million money-laundering breaches by watchdog AUSTRAC, some of which may have funded child exploitation in Southeast Asia.

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