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Keep in mind that not only will stamp duty thresholds and rates vary by state and territory, but so will concessions on offer for first home buyers. Some states and territories may offer generous stamp duty concessions to first home buyers, while some may not offer any incentives at all.
Stamp duty will typically apply to the sale of newly built homes, established homes and vacant land. However, if you’re buying vacant land with the intention of building a residential property on it, you’ll only pay stamp duty on the transfer of the land title.
If you’re buying a new home, you may be eligible for stamp duty concessions depending on your state or territory’s rules.
Parts of Australia have stamp duty exemptions and concessions for first home buyers on top of the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG). For example, Victorian first home buyers don’t pay stamp duty if the home’s purchase price is below $600,000, and receive a stamp duty concession on properties worth $600,001-$750,000.²
And in a nationwide first, the NSW Government has introduced a scheme called First Home Buyer Choice, which allows first home buyers to opt into paying an annual property tax instead of paying stamp duty.³
You can learn more about the different state-based concessions for first home buyers and stamp duty by reading the stamp duty guides for your state or territory listed above.
Stamp duty is paid to the revenue office of your respective state or territory government. However, your lawyer or conveyancer will generally handle the actual payment on your behalf. Be sure to check this, however, as you may incur financial penalties if your stamp duty goes unpaid.
Stamp duty is typically paid either after the contract of sale is entered into or the purchase is approved and settled. You’ll generally have a time limit of 30 days to pay any applicable stamp duty; however, this varies depending on your state or territory.
For the vast majority of property transactions, stamp duty will typically be paid at settlement as part of the home loan settlement process. The notable exception is property transactions in which the buyer is making a cash purchase and does not require finance.
You’ll typically have to pay your stamp duty upfront at settlement date. Depending on your financial situation, some lenders may let you increase the size of your home loan in line with your stamp duty costs, depending on your borrowing power, LVR and the current size of your home loan.
However, if you do so, keep in mind that adding the value of your payable stamp duty to your mortgage will increase the overall size and cost of your home loan, and affect your loan-to-value ratio (LVR). It also means you may have larger home loan repayments. Depending on your LVR, you may end up having to pay LMI as well.
Yes, stamp duty is payable on GST. This is because stamp duty is paid on a property transfer’s gross value (i.e. the whole thing), so if your property purchase attracts GST, it will be added to the purchase value and included for the purposes of stamp duty calculations.
1 Queensland Government, Transfer duty rates. 2023.
2 State Revenue Office Victoria, First home buyer duty exemption, concession or reduction. 2023.
³ Revenue NSW, First Home Buyer Choice. 2023.