Let's get things started

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.

Application requirements

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.

Additional information

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.

Application process

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.

Conditions and penalties

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.

FAQs

Where can I apply for the grant?

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.

How long do I have to apply for the grant?

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 buildYou must apply within 1 year of the new home being completed; for instance, the final inspection report being issued.
Owner-builderYou 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.

When will the grant be paid?

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 OSRApplying through a bank or lending institution
 You may be paid once you...You may be paid...
Buying your home - off the planHave a registration confirmation statement showing your name on the title of the propertyAt settlement
Buying your home - instalment purchase contracts

Fulfil all of the following:

  • The contract has been operating for one year
  • You have paid at least 10% of the purchase price or $20,000, whichever is greater
  • You are not in default of the contract
  • You have occupied the home as your principal place of residence
N/A
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

When do I have to move in and for how long?

  • All applicants must live in the home as their principal place of residence for at least 6 continuous months commencing within 12 months of completion of the eligible transaction.
  • It is the applicants' responsibility to satisfy the Commissioner of State Revenue that they have met the residence requirement. Applicants may be required to verify this later by providing documentation supporting their period of occupancy.
  • Should you not meet the residence requirement, within 14 days after the relevant date, you must notify the Office of State Revenue in writing and repay the grant.

If you fail to advise the Commissioner in writing, you may have to repay the grant with penalties.