First Home Owner Grant & Housing Construction Grant
Legislation: First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000
Date Issued: 22 November 2012
Information Circulars do not have the force of law.
The First Home Owner Grant (Housing Grant Reforms) Amendment Act 2012 (the “Act”) which gives effect to the increased assistance for new home buyers announced by the Government on 15 October 2012 was assented to by His Excellency the Governor today, 22 November 2012.
The Act renames the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000 to be the First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000 and retargets first home buyer assistance by:
- increasing the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) for new homes from $7,000 to $15,000 (ongoing) for contracts entered into on or after 15 October 2012;
- reducing the FHOG for established homes from $7,000 to $5,000 for eligible contracts entered into from and including 22 November 2012 to and including 30 June 2014. The FHOG will be abolished for established homes for contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2014.
- replacing the $8,000 First Home Bonus Grant (FHBG) with an $8,500 Housing Construction Grant (HCG) for all new homes where contracts are entered into between 15 October 2012 and 30 June 2013 inclusive. The HCG will be available for properties valued up to $400,000, phasing out for properties valued up to $450,000.
RevenueSA does not intend to amend previously issued revenue publications (for example, Revenue Rulings, Information Circulars) that make reference to the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000. Any reference to the First Home Owner Grant 2000 should be considered to be a reference to the First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000.
Further information relating to these grants, including the eligibility requirements, is outlined in Information Circular 51 and on www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au.
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