Apply for the first home owner grant

Apply for the grant and/or first home owner rate of duty.

You must apply within 12 months of completing the transaction.

Everyone who will have a relevant interest in the land must be an applicant. All applicants must apply for the grant.

A person will have a relevant interest if their name will appear on the Certificate of Title. 

If you have a spouse or de facto partner who will not have a relevant interest, they must meet the eligibility requirements for you to be eligible for the grant.

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If you're eligible for the grant, or would be eligible except that you're buying an established home, you can apply for the first home owner rate of duty on your transaction.

Follow the progress of your application using the FHOG UIN and Status Enquiry Facility. You must register and log in to use this facility.

How to apply

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Apply through an approved agent or directly to us.

If you're applying for a loan from a financial institution and your lender is an approved agent, they can process your application. Contact your lender to find out if they are an approved agent. You may receive your grant and approval for the first home owner rate of duty earlier than if you were to apply directly through us.

Complete an application form and submit it in person or by mail to us if

  • your lender is not an approved agent
  • you do not wish to lodge your application through your lender or
  • you are not obtaining finance for your home purchase.

When will the grant be paid?

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Payment depends on the type of transaction and how your application was submitted.

New or off the plan home

If you applied through an approved agent, they will receive the grant on your behalf at the date of settlement.

If you applied directly through us, you'll receive the grant after you have provided evidence that your name has been registered on the Certificate of Title (approximately three to six weeks after settlement).

Contract to build

If you applied through an approved agent, they will receive the grant on your behalf when they have provided evidence of the date of first construction progress payment (for example, slab down).

If you applied directly through us, you'll receive the grant after you have provided evidence that your name has been registered on the Certificate of Title (approximately three to six weeks after settlement) and you have provided evidence of the date of first construction progress payment (for example, slab down).

Owner builder

You'll receive the grant after

  • a valuation has been carried out by us or you provide a valuation from a licenced valuer
  • you or the approved agent have provided evidence that the home is ready for occupation and
  • your name is registered on the Certificate of Title.

If you disagree with a decision

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You may object to a decision about your application if you think it is incorrect.

Submit a written objection within 60 days from the date on which notice of the decision is given, setting out in detail the grounds of the objection.

Find more information on the objection and review process.

Obligations and responsibilities

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You are responsible for providing true and accurate information in your application and for complying with the residency requirements.

If you receive a grant and/or the first home owner rate of duty that you're not entitled to, or you don't comply with the residency requirements, you will need to repay the grant and/or duty amount. We may apply penalties and interest. You may not be eligible for a future grant or first home owner rate of duty in Western Australia.

Providing incorrect or misleading information on an application is a criminal offence. If it is determined that you have provided incorrect or misleading information to obtain, or attempt to obtain, the grant or first home owner rate of duty, we may commence prosecution action. All applications undergo a rigorous review during which applicants are checked for former home ownership in WA and interstate. Other checks into spouse/de facto partner status, council records, title details and finance particulars are routinely carried out. See the FHOG Privacy Statement.

Repay the grant

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If you don't meet the eligibility or residence requirements, you may need to repay the grant and pay any additional duty.

Contact us if you want to repay the grant but haven't received an assessment notice.

Apply for a payment arrangement to extend the time for payment or to pay by instalments.

If you pay by credit card or BPAY, it may take up to 3 business days for your payment to be processed.

If you pay by cheque, make cheques payable to 'Commissioner of State Revenue'.

Pay by credit card

Use a valid MasterCard or Visa card to pay through our online payment facility or by phoning 1300 936 110.

A non-refundable card administration fee will apply to all credit or debit card payments.

Pay by BPAY

Contact your bank, credit union or building society to make payment from your cheque or savings account.

Biller Code: 969188

Pay by post

Office of State Revenue
GPO Box T1600
PERTH WA 6845

Pay in person (cash or cheque)

Level 3
200 St Georges Terrace
PERTH WA 6000

Weekdays - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Page reviewed 19 September 2019