First Home Buyer Assistance


First Home Buyer?

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme is a NSW Government initiative which provides exemptions or concessions on transfer duty for eligible NSW first home buyers. This includes vacant land on which you intend to build your first home.

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme commenced from 1 July 2017.

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme has Proof of Identity requirements, the details of which are contained in the Application and Lodgement Guide.

About the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme

The First Home Buyers Assistance scheme provides eligible purchasers with exemptions on transfer duty on new and existing homes valued up to $650,000 and concessions on duty for new and existing homes valued between $650,000 and $800,000.

Eligible purchasers buying a vacant block of residential land to build their home on will pay no duty on vacant land valued up to $350,000, and will receive concessions on duty for vacant land valued between $350,000 and $450,000.

To qualify for First Home Buyers Assistance, you must meet the criteria listed below:

  • The contract and the transfer must be for the purchase of the whole of the property.

  • All purchasers must be ‘eligible purchasers’.

  • An ‘eligible purchaser’ is a natural person (i.e. not a company or trust) at least 18 years of age who has not, and whose spouse/de facto has not:

    • at any time owned (either solely or with someone else) residential property in Australia other than property owned solely as trustee or executor
    • previously received an exemption or concession under First Home—New Home.
  • At least 1 eligible purchaser must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of 6 months, commencing within 12 months of completion of the agreement. (Where an eligible purchaser was a member of the permanent forces of the Australian Defence Force and all purchasers were enrolled on the NSW electoral roll, as at the transaction date, then all purchasers are exempt from the residence requirement).

Note: If all purchasers are not ‘eligible purchasers’, you may still qualify for a concession under the shared equity arrangements in First Home Buyers Assistance scheme.

Calculating the concessions on duty

You can calculate the exact amount of your concession for new and existing homes, vacant land and shared equity arrangements using the First Home Buyers Assistance calculator.


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