To get off to a great start, you'll need to confirm that you meet the full eligibility criteria (for yourself and the property), understand your obligations and apply within the timeframe listed.
Anyone who will own any part of your new home must be included on the application. Only one grant is payable per new home and you only need one application for your new home, regardless of the number of applicants.
Your application must be:
See the supporting documentation checklist provided with the application form for information you need to include in your application.
In order to determine whether or not you are eligible for the grant, we may ask you for additional information.
There are penalties for giving false or misleading information.
Once your application is submitted, we will process most applications within 10 working days of receiving all the required information. If you apply through an approved bank or lending institution, you may get the grant sooner.
In some cases, we may pay the grant before you move into your new first home. However, as a condition of the grant, you must tell us and repay the grant if you do not:
There are penalties if you don't tell the Office of State Revenue within 14 days of finding out that you are unable to meet these conditions.
You can apply for the Queensland First Home Owners' Grant through an approved agent (a bank or lending institution). You can also apply directly to the Office of State Revenue by mailing your application to:
Office of State Revenue
GPO Box 953
Brisbane Qld 4001
You may be paid the grant sooner if you apply through an approved bank or financial institution.
You must apply for the grant within the following timeframes.
|Buying your home||You must apply within 1 year of taking possession of the new home and your title being registered.|
|Contract to build||You must apply within 1 year of the new home being completed; for instance, the final inspection report being issued.|
|Owner-builder||You must apply within 1 year of the new home being completed, for instance, the final inspection report being issued.|
In some special cases, this period may be extended. If you are applying outside the application period, you need to include in your application a written statement explaining your circumstances.
The date the grant is paid depends on whether you are buying or building a new home, and if you are applying through an approved agent or OSR.
General payment timeframes are listed below.
|Type of transaction||Applying through OSR||Applying through a bank or lending institution|
|You may be paid once you...||You may be paid...|
|Buying your home - off the plan||Have a registration confirmation statement showing your name on the title of the property||At settlement|
|Buying your home - instalment purchase contracts|
Fulfil all of the following:
|Buying your home - vendor finance contracts||Own the home under the contract||N/A|
|Buying your home - all other contracts||Have a registration confirmation statement showing your name on the title of the property||At settlement|
|Building your home - building contract||Have a final inspection report||On the first draw down of funds|
|Building your home - owner-builder||Have a final inspection report||Once you have a final inspection report|
If you fail to advise the Commissioner in writing, you may have to repay the grant with penalties.