You may be entitled to a concession from duty when you buy a property that you intend to live in as your home for a continuous period of 12 months, within 12 months of settlement.
This concession is available to all homebuyers (not just first-home owners) whose property is valued up to $550,000 and who:
- Use the property as their PPR within 12 months of becoming entitled to possession of the property (which usually occurs at settlement), and
- Reside in the property for a continuous period of at least 12 months
If you buy the property with others, at least one of you must satisfy these requirements. It is not necessary, however, for the same purchaser to occupy the home for the entire 12 months.
If these requirements are not met, duty will be assessed at the standard rate. We may, however, exercise discretion to vary the residence requirements where there is a good reason for doing so.
Land will not be considered to be occupied as a PPR unless there is a building on it that is designed and constructed primarily for residential purposes and may 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 requirements not being met.
|Dutiable value of the PPR||Reduced rate of duty||Standard rate of duty||Difference|
|> $130,000 to $440,000||$2870 plus 5% of amount > $130,000||$2870 plus 6% of amount > $130,000||Rate reduction of 1%|
|> $440,000 to $550,000||$18,370 plus 6% of amount > $440,000||Duty reduction of $3100|
Related party transfers/nominations
The PPR concession is only available to genuine purchasers for adequate consideration.
This ensures that duty relief is available only to purchasers who provide full consideration for a property purchased (or fractional interest purchased) and not to those who have already benefited by purchasing at a heavily discounted price or have received the property as a gift.
For all sales between related or associated parties, additional evidence is required to ensure that adequate consideration has been paid:
- Proof of payment of the purchase price (e.g. bank statements, loan agreements and receipts), and
- Evidence of the market value of the property, such as:
- a letter of appraisal from a licensed real estate agent or
- a valuation by a certified practising valuer who is a member of the Australian Property Institute or by a member of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria with sworn valuer accreditation
Can you also get the First Home Bonus?
The First Home Bonus is a payment available in addition to the First Home Owner Grant. It is only available in respect of your first home purchase and other eligibility criteria apply.
If your contract was entered into before 1 July 2012 and it was your first home purchase, you may be eligible for both the bonus and the PPR concession. Please contact us on 13 21 61 to find out whether you are.