First Home Owners Grant

If you are buying or building your first home, you may be eligible to apply for the first home owner grant (FHOG).

Eligible first home buyers who enter into a contract between 1 January, 2017 and 31 December, 2017 to purchase or construct a new home will receive a boost of $5,000 in addition to the $10,000 FHOG.

The State Government’s $15,000 FHOG has been boosted in an effort to make home ownership more affordable to first home buyers in Western Australia.

First home owners looking to buy an established home are NOT eligible for the FHOG as the grant is only offered to new builds.  

Stamp duty for first home buyers is also waived (for established homes of up to $430,000 in value or $300,000 for vacant land) in Western Australia.

To be eligible for the FHOG:

  • Each applicant must be 18 years of age or over at the date of making an application.
  • At least one of the applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the date of making an application.
  • Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have previously received a FHOG under this scheme.
  • Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have owned residential property anywhere in Australia before 1 July 2000.
  • Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have previously owned residential property anywhere in Australia on or after 1 July, 2000 and occupied that property as a place of residence before 1 July, 2004.
  • Each applicant and/or their spouse cannot have previously owned residential property anywhere in Australia on or after 1 July, 2000 and occupied that property as a place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months that began on or after 1 July, 2004.
  • Each applicant must occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months, commencing within 12 months of completion of the eligible transaction.
  • Each applicant must have entered into an eligible transaction on or after 1 July, 2000. An eligible transaction is defined under section 14 of the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000, but is generally a contract for the purchase or construction of a home, or commencement of construction of a home as an owner builder.
  • For eligible transactions commencing on or after 1 January 2010, the total value of the home must not exceed the cap amount. The cap amount is: $750,000 if the property is located south of the 26th parallel of south latitude; or $1,000,000 if located north of the 26th parallel of south latitude.