Australian HomeBuilder Grant
UPDATE 27 March 2023 - HomeBuilder supporting documentation deadline extension for existing off-the-plan and renovation applications
The Commonwealth Government has announced their intention to work with the states and territories to extend the deadline to submit supporting documentation for existing off-the-plan and renovation applications. You can read more via the Minister’s media release. More information will be provided once it is available.
HomeBuilder supporting documents must be submitted before midnight on 30 April 2023.
All documents supporting a HomeBuilder application must be submitted via the HomeBuilder portal before midnight on 30 April 2023.
This requirement is part of the HomeBuilder National Partnership Agreement between the Victorian and Australian governments. The State Revenue Office Victoria has no discretion to extend this closing date.
After the HomeBuilder portal closes on 30 April 2023, supporting documents will not be accepted, and any incomplete applications will not be considered.
The State Revenue Office of Victoria is administering the HomeBuilder Grant on behalf of the Australian Government, which set a closing date to apply for the grant of 14 April 2021.
Accordingly, an applicant must have started their application in the HomeBuilder online application portal before the closing date. The Commissioner of State Revenue has no discretion or authority to accept applications which were not started in the online portal before midnight on 14 April 2021.
Read the HomeBuilder Grant guidelines
The HomeBuilder Grant guidelines provide detailed information on the eligibility criteria and the supporting documents that need to be provided by applicants.
Upload your supporting documents
Applications for the Australian HomeBuilder Grant closed at midnight on Wednesday 14 April 2021.
However, applicants who had started their application in the online portal prior to the closing date, can continue their application, including uploading their supporting documents, as they become available. All supporting documents must be uploaded by no later than 30 April 2023.
When you are uploading your supporting documents, you should carefully read the supporting document checklist in the online portal, checking that you have uploaded all the required documents. This will ensure that your application is processed as smoothly as possible, without the need to get back to you in relation to missing or incomplete documents.
18 month construction commencement
The Australian HomeBuilder Grant is subject to the provisions of a National Partnership Agreement put in place by the Australian Government, which contains eligibility criteria you must meet in order to receive the grant.
Among the criteria is that construction of your new home, or substantial renovations of your existing home, must commence within 18 months of your contract being signed.
If you have not provided documentation to show that your construction or renovation has commenced, you should do so by logging in to the HomeBuilder portal.
The documentation you need depends on the contract you have signed. For new build contracts, you need a statement from your builder confirming the date construction commenced. For substantial renovation contracts, submit the first invoice for the physical work that commenced on your property. For off the plan contracts, you need a statement from your builder or developer confirming the date construction commenced.
Uploading your documents
To upload your documents, you will need to log in to the HomeBuilder Portal and complete the authentication process.
Once in the portal, select the ‘documents’ button. To upload a document, select ‘choose file’. Uploading a document is a three-step process.
- Select ‘browse’ to find the relevant document on your computer or device, and select ‘open’. The file must be a PDF or JPG and cannot be larger than 40mb.
- From the list of supporting documents required, select which document/s are included in the file you are uploading.
- At the bottom of the page, select ‘upload’. The system will provide you with confirmation once the file has been uploaded successfully.
You can upload documents using this three-step process as many times as required.
It is important to be aware that your application cannot be processed until you have completed all the steps described above.
If you have not done so already, you should confirm your application as soon as possible and ensure that all supporting documents are provided by no later than 30 April 2023.
We will email you to advise you of the outcome as soon as we have reviewed your application and supporting documents. The grant will be paid into your nominated account, generally within 5 days of notifying you that your application was successful.
Extension of construction commencement requirement
The construction commencement requirement has been extended from six months to 18 months for all applications.
If you were denied the grant due to not meeting the 6-month construction commencement requirement you should, as soon as possible, lodge an objection at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your application can be reviewed. You should quote your application code and provide any other relevant information. When you lodge your objection, please provide the following details: your name, the property address, your application code, the date your application was rejected and the reasons it was rejected, and any other relevant information.
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