First Home Owners Grant (WA)

What is the First Home Owner Grant? (FHOG)

The FHOG is a $10,000 once-off payment from the West Australian government to help first home buyers with building a new home. The grant is not generally available when buying an established property, although it may be available under certain circumstances.  

How long will the FHOG be available for?

The grant is a huge stimulus for the state's economy because it creates many employment opportunities and generates income for land developers, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, builders and others. Over the years the amount of the grant has been increased and decreased. It is very likely that once the economy starts to recover, the government may reduce or even stop the grant and put the money towards other budget priorities. So don't lose out on this wonderful assistance!

What are the eligible criteria to receive the FHOG?

  • An applicant must be a natural person (i.e. not a company) and be 18 years or over at the time of making application. 

  • At least one applicant must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident at the time of making application.

  • Applicants and/or their spouses or de facto partners cannot have previously received the FHOG from any jurisdiction in Australia.

  • Applicants and/or their spouses or de facto partners cannot have previously owned a home anywhere in Australia prior to 1 July 2000.

  • Applicants and/or their spouses or de facto partners cannot have previously owned a home anywhere in Australia after 1 July 2000 and occupied that home before 30 June 2004.

  • Applicants and/or their spouses or de facto partners cannot have previously owned a home anywhere in Australia after 1 July 2000 and occupied that home for a period of not more than six continuous months commencing after 30 June 2004.

  • Applicants must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months commencing within 12 months of settlement if purchasing a home, or within 12 months from the date of completion if building a home.

  • Applicants must hold a relevant interest (ownership) in the land on which the home is situated.

  • The applicant must enter into a contract to buy or build (or in case of an owner builder, commence construction) on or after 1 July 2000.

 

Source: Department of State Revenue

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