Apply for the Australian Government HomeBuilder grant

The HomeBuilder grant provides eligible owner-occupiers with a grant to build a new home, substantially renovate an existing home or purchase a new home off-the-plan.

Applications for the grant closed on 14 April 2021. We cannot consider applications lodged after this date.

To discuss the application dates provided for this grant, contact the Commonwealth Department of Treasury or your Federal Member of Parliament.

On 17 April 2021, the Commonwealth Government announced an extension to the construction commencement requirement from six to 18 months for all existing applicants.

When processing applications, we are prioritising applicants who have commenced construction and provided proof that foundations have been laid. We are currently processing complete applications that were submitted before 17 December 2020.

  • If you have already commenced construction, please ensure you have uploaded all required documentary evidence through the Online Services Portal.
  • You will not be able to receive the grant until you have commenced construction. Therefore, if you haven’t commenced construction yet, you will not be disadvantaged by how we are prioritising the processing of applications. See the information below for more details.

We will email you when your application is processed.

See information about when payments will be made.

About the grant

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The Australian Government HomeBuilder grant is available to eligible owner-occupiers who enter into a contract to:

  • build a new home or
  • substantially renovate an existing home or
  • purchase a new home off-the-plan.

The amount of the grant is:

  • $25,000 for a contract signed between 4 June and 31 December 2020 (inclusive)
  • $15,000 for a contract signed between 1 January and 31 March 2021 (inclusive).

The builder or developer must have a valid licence or registration:

  • before 4 June 2020 for a contract signed before 29 November 2020 or
  • before 29 November 2020 for a contract signed on or after 29 November 2020.

Applications for the grant closed on 14 April 2021.

The HomeBuilder grant is administered by RevenueWA, with funding provided by the Australian Government.

Full details about the grant, including a fact sheet containing examples, and responses to frequently asked questions, is available at https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/homebuilder

Details about the extension to the HomeBuilder grant announced on 29 November are in the Australian Government media statement.

This grant is different to the Western Australian Building Bonus grant.

  • If you receive the HomeBuilder grant, you may still be eligible to receive the Building Bonus grant.
  • You may also be eligible to receive the first home owner grant.

Answer some questions to see if you're eligible for a grant.

Construction commencement

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Construction must commence within 18 months of the contract being signed. This time has been extended from six months – see the Commonwealth Treasurer’s media statement (17 April 2021).

  • For new builds, construction commences when significant earthworks, excavations or physical building works commence.
    Preparatory works such as site clearing, fencing, markings, delivery of building products will not be considered to be commencement of construction.
  • You must provide evidence by 30 April 2023 that construction has commenced. This may include a declaration from your builder that construction has commenced.

The contract cannot be a replacement transaction. The Commissioner may reject a grant application if it is found that the building contract is a replacement contract (of another building contract dated prior to 4 June 2020) entered into for the purposes of obtaining the grant.

Land ownership

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You must be the registered owner of the vacant land on which the home will be built.

  • If you are buying vacant land with a building contract and the certificate of title for the land has not been issued at the date the building contract is signed, it must be issued in your name by the date that the foundations are laid.
  • If you are buying a new home off-the-plan, you must be registered on the certificate of title as the owner of the property by 30 April 2023.
  • If you are in the process of subdividing your own land, you can apply for the grant after foundations are laid on the proposed vacant lot if you provide evidence to show that the new land survey plan and certificates of title will be issued in your name. For example, evidence the Western Australian Planning Commission has granted conditional approval of the proposed plan and lots.

The grant will be paid to all registered owners unless written authorisation to pay another person is provided by all owners.

Cost plus contracts

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If you enter into a cost plus contract where payment to the builder is based on the actual cost of the works plus a fee, you will need to show that the scope of works under the contract covers the building of the home from inception to completion.

We will not be able to determine whether you have met the Australian Government’s property value cap until the home is completed and the value of the completed home is known. You will need to provide evidence once the home is completed that the value cap has been met before we will pay the grant.

If you submitted your application by 14 April 2021, you can upload the supporting documents through the Online Services Portal when they are available.

How and when to apply

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Applications for the grant closed on 14 April 2021. We cannot consider applications lodged after this date.

To discuss the application dates provided for this grant, contact the Commonwealth Department of Treasury or your Federal Member of Parliament.

If you have already applied for the grant, you must commence construction within 18 months of the contract being signed.

A full list of supporting documents you must attach to your application was provided in the application form. If you lodged an application but still need to provide supporting documents:

  1. Log in to the Online Services Portal
  2. Under 'Our Services' select 'First Home Owner and Builder Grants'
  3. Under 'Grants and Subsidies' select 'Add Information'
  4. Upload required documents by 30 April 2023.

When payment will be made

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The grant will be paid to eligible applicants according to the type of build:

  • for new builds – grants will be paid after construction has commenced and the first progress payment has been made to the builder.
  • for substantial renovations – grants will be paid after construction has commenced and at least $150,000 of the contract price has been paid in respect of the renovation.
  • for off-the-plan / new home purchases – grants will be paid after all applicants’ names are registered on title.

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Page reviewed 7 May 2021