Apply for the Australian Government HomeBuilder grant

The HomeBuilder grant provides eligible owner-occupiers with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home, substantially renovate an existing home or purchase a new home off-the-plan.

The Australian Government HomeBuilder grant of $25,000 is available to eligible owner-occupiers who enter into a contract between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 to

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

The Australian Government requires your application to be submitted by 31 December 2020. RevenueWA will accept applications from November 2020 without all the supporting documents in order to meet this deadline and you will be able to upload the supporting documentation when it is available.

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

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. Use the same online application form to apply for both grants.
  • You may also be eligible to receive the first home owner grant.

Answer some questions to see which grants or rebates you may be eligible to receive.

Construction commencement

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Construction must commence within three months of the contract date.

  • 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 that construction has commenced.  This may include a declaration from your builder that construction has commenced.

You may apply to the Commissioner to extend the construction commencement date by up to three months where the reasons for the delay are unforeseen and beyond the control of the parties to the contract. The Commissioner will consider each application on a case by case basis and evidence detailing why construction did not commence within the required timeframe must be provided.

The following types of delays may provide a reasonable basis for the Commissioner to exercise discretion to extend the commencement date:

  • delays in obtaining council or building approvals
  • difficulties in obtaining construction materials and/or sub-contractors
  • delays in financial institutions assessing and approving finance
  • substantial delay due to inclement weather
  • health problems relating to, or the death of, a person critical to the commencement of the project
  • significant delays in the issue of title caused by Landgate or
  • natural disasters.

The Commissioner is unlikely to exercise discretion

  • if an applicant does not undertake appropriate due diligence when entering into a contract, or makes deliberate and informed choices which make them ineligible without the exercise of the Commissioner’s discretion
  • if delay results from the builder contracting to undertake more work than they could be reasonably expected to complete in the relevant timeframe
  • if construction is delayed because the land developer has set pre-development sales targets and insufficient blocks have been pre-sold in a subdivision or
  • for any other reason the Commissioner considers not unforeseen or beyond the control of the parties.

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 31 October 2022.
  • 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.

How and when to apply

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Apply using our online application form no later than 31 December 2020.

Access the form through the Online Services Portal.

  • After registering, you will receive an email with your login details.
  • Log in, then select the First Home Owner and Building Grants service.
  • Once you have logged in, you can apply for a building grant, or add supporting documents after you have lodged your application and received an email confirming that we have received it.

A full list of supporting documents you must attach to your application is provided in the form.

The Australian Government requires your application to be submitted by 31 December 2020. RevenueWA will accept applications without all the supporting documents in order to meet this deadline and you will be able to upload the supporting documentation when it is available.

Comprehensive home building contract to build a new home

Apply when the foundations have been laid.

Contract to substantially renovate your home

Apply when you have evidence showing payments of at least $150,000 of the contract price have been made to the builder.

Off-the-plan sales contract to purchase a new home

Apply when construction has been completed and you are the registered owner of the property.

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Page reviewed 28 October 2020