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Stamp duty has been abolished for first-home buyers purchasing a home with a dutiable value of not more than $600,000 where the contract is signed  from 1 July 2017.

Further, duty will be phased-in for eligible first-home buyers who purchase a home with a dutiable value between $600,001 and $750,000.

  1. What are the new stamp duty changes?

There is an exemption from stamp duty for first-home buyers who buy a home with a dutiable value of $600,000 or less.

First-home buyers buying a home with a dutiable value from $600,001 to $750,000 will be entitled to a concessional rate of duty, calculated on a sliding scale.

In most cases, the dutiable value of a property is the price you pay for it minus any deductions (such as the off-the-plan concession). If the price you pay for the property is less than market value, the dutiable value will be the market value minus any deductions.

  1. How does the concessional rate of duty work?

The concession applies on a sliding scale. The closer the dutiable value is to $600,001, the greater the concession.

This table gives you a guide on how the concession works.

Examples of first-home buyer duty concession

Dutiable value

Normal duty

Duty after concession























The first-home buyer exemption and concession are available for both established and new home purchases.

  1. How do you qualify for the exemption/concession?

There are a number of criteria you or the property must satisfy:

Value of the property:

The home purchased must have a dutiable value:

Of $600,000 or less to receive the exemption,

From $600,001 and $750,000 to receive the duty concession

The dutiable value for a property is generally the greater of its purchase price or market value minus any deductions (such as the off-the-plan concession).

The off-the-plan concession deducts the construction or refurbishment costs incurred after you sign the contract from the contract price.

Purchaser eligibility:

All purchasers and their partners must meet the FHOG eligibility criteria to be entitled to this duty exemption/concession.

Residency requirement

At least one purchaser must use the home as a principal place of residence (their home) for a continuous period of 12 months, starting within 12 months of becoming entitled to possession of the purchased property (this normally occurs at settlement).

  1. When will this exemption/concession commence?

The first-home buyer duty exemption and phase-in concession is available for transfers resulting from contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017. 

If you enter into a contract before 1 July 2017 but settle after this date, you will not be eligible for the new first home buyer exemption or phase-in concession. You may, however, be eligible for the existing first-home buyer duty reduction.

  1. Purchasers with Concession Cards

Concession cards do not affect the first home buyer duty exemption / concession.