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A duty exemption is available to eligible first home buyers who buy a home with a dutiable value of $600,000 or less when the transfer results from a contract entered into on or after 1 July 2017. First-home buyers buying a home with a dutiable value from $600,001 to $750,000 are entitled to a concessional rate of duty, calculated on a sliding scale. 

For contracts to purchase a home entered into before 1 July 2017, duty reductions are available for eligible first-home buyers when they buy a new or established home valued at not more than $600,000. The settlement date must be after 1 July 2011. It does not matter what date the contract to purchase was signed as long as settlement occurs on or after that date. Different duty reduction rates apply, depending on the date of settlement.

For contracts entered into on or after 6 May 2008 and settled before 1 July 2011, a PPR concession may still apply.

Are you eligible?

You may be entitled to this reduction of duty if you:

  • Have received or are entitled to the First Home Owner Grant for the purchase of the property, and
  • Live in the property as your principal place of residence (PPR) for a continuous period of at least 12 months starting within 12 months of becoming entitled to possession of the property, which usually occurs at settlement.

If you buy the property with someone else, at least one of you must satisfy the residency requirement. It is not necessary, however, for the same purchaser to occupy the home for the whole 12 months.

If these requirements are not met, duty may be assessed at the standard rate. We may exercise discretion to vary the residence requirement where we are satisfied that there is a good reason to do so.

Land will not be considered to be occupied as a PPR unless there is a building on the land that, in our opinion, is designed and constructed primarily for residential purposes and can lawfully be used as a PPR.

If you have received the PPR concession, you must notify us in writing of any changes in your circumstances that will result in the residence requirement not being met.

How do I apply?

Depending on the date of settlement, download the form you need to use.

Transfers settled on or after 1 July 2013:

Transfers settled on or after 1 July 2011 and before 1 July 2013: 

What is the value of the duty reduction?

40 per cent reduction duty savings to first home buyers (from 1 July 2013 to before 1 September 2014)

Property value ($) Normal rate of stamp duty (PPR) ($) Duty payable with 40% reduction ($) 40% reduction saving ($)
200,000 6370 3822 2548
300,000 11,370 6822 4548
400,000 16,370 9822 6548
500,000 21,970 13,182 8788
565,000 28,970 17,382 11,588
600,000 31,070 18,642 12,428

30 per cent reduction duty savings to first home buyers (from 1 January 2013 to before 1 July 2013)

Property value ($) Normal rate of stamp duty (PPR) ($) Duty payable with 30% reduction ($) 30% reduction saving ($)
200,000 6370 4459 1911
300,000 11,370 7959 3411
400,000 16,370 11,459 4911
500,000 21,970 15,379 6591
565,000 28,970 20,279 8691
600,000 31,070 21,749 9321

20 per cent reduction duty savings to first home buyers (from 1 July 2011 to before 1 January 2013)

Property value ($) Normal rate of stamp duty (PPR) ($) Duty payable with 20% reduction ($) 20% reduction saving ($)
200,000 6370 5096 1274
300,000 11,370 9096 2274
400,000 16,370 13,096 3274
500,000 21,970 17,576 4394
565,000 28,970 23,176 5794
600,000 31,070 24,856 6214

Calculate your duty

For dutiable transactions settled on or after 1 July 2013 and before 1 September 2014

Dutiable value of the PPR ($) Reduced duty amount payable Standard rate of duty
>0 to 25,000 (1.4% of the dutiable value of the property) less 40% of the duty amount 1.4% of the dutiable value of the property
>25,000 to 130,000 ($350 plus 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000) less 40% of the duty amount $350 plus 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000
>130,000 to 440,000 ($2870 plus 5% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000) less 40% of the duty amount $2870 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000
>440,000 to 550,000 ($18,370 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $440,000) less 40% of the duty amount
>550,000 to 600,000 ($28,070 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $550,000) less 40% of the duty amount

For dutiable transactions settled on or after 1 January 2013 and before 1 July 2013

Dutiable value of the PPR ($) Reduced duty amount payable Standard rate of duty
>0 to 25,000 (1.4% of the dutiable value of the property) less 30% of the duty amount 1.4% of the dutiable value of the property
>25,000 to 130,000 ($350 plus 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000) less 30% of the duty amount $350 plus 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000
>130,000 to 440,000 ($2870 plus 5% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000) less 30% of the duty amount $2870 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000
>440,000 to 550,000 ($18,370 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $440,000) less 30% of the duty amount
>550,000 to 600,000 ($28,070 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $550,000) less 30% of the duty amount

For dutiable transactions settled on or after 1 July 2011 and before 1 January 2013

Dutiable value of the PPR ($) Reduced duty amount payable Standard rate of duty
>0 to 25,000 (1.4% of the dutiable value of the property) less 30% of the duty amount 1.4% of the dutiable value of the property
>25,000 to 130,000 ($350 plus 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000) less 30% of the duty amount $350 plus 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000
>130,000 to 440,000 ($2870 plus 5% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000) less 30% of the duty amount $2870 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000
>440,000 to 550,000 ($18,370 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $440,000) less 30% of the duty amount
>550,000 to 600,000 ($28,070 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $550,000) less 30% of the duty amount