When you apply for the grant your application must include all owners on title (the applicants). All applicants must comply with the eligibility criteria.
The applicant(s) must:
be a natural person (not a company);
be 18 years old or over;
be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (if more than one applicant only one applicant is required to be an Australia citizen or permanent residence); and
occupy the home as your principal place of
residence for a continuous period of at least six months commencing within 12 months of completion of an eligible transaction.
Applicant(s) are not eligible as first home owners, if they (or their spouse*) have:
owned a residential property in Australia before 1 July 2000;
have owned and occupied a residential property for more than six months in Australia after 1 July 2000; or
have received the first home owner grant before.
* A spouse includes someone to whom you are legally married or are in a significant relationship with. For the definition of a significant relationship refer to the
Relationships Act 2003 legislation.
Between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2023 (inclusive) you must have:
commenced laying the foundations for your home as an owner builder; or
entered into a contract to buy an "off the plan" or new dwelling (being a dwelling that has not previously been occupied or sold as a place of residence).
The building must be completed within 24 months of:
The building is classified as complete at the issue date of the occupancy certificate.
If a moveable building
(a building that is fixed to land, not a caravan or mobile home) is being purchased, the
applicant is classified as an owner builder.
the commencement date is taken to be the date of the contract to purchase the new moveable building; and
the building must be new (that is, a building that has not previously been used as a place of residence).