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.

You can upload supporting documents through the Online Services Portal when they are available but before 30 April 2023.

RevenueWA can only administer the grant in accordance with the requirements set by the Commonwealth. If you have any issues with the application dates for this grant, contact the Commonwealth Minister for Housing 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.

Processing update

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 13 April 2021.

  • If you have commenced construction of your new home and laid your foundations, please upload all required documents through the Online Services Portal.
  • For new builds, you won’t receive the grant until the foundations have been laid or your relocatable or modular home has been delivered to site. If you haven’t commenced construction yet, you are not disadvantaged by how we are prioritising the processing of applications.

We will email you when your application is being assessed. If you submitted your application before 13 April and we have not yet contacted you, either you are not eligible yet for payment (refer to information about when payment will be made) or you have not yet lodged all of the required documents.

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 and has different eligibility criteria and cut-off dates.

  • 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 or delivery of building products will not be considered to be commencement of construction.
  • For relocatable or modular homes that are built or assembled in a different location (such as a builder’s factory or warehouse), construction is taken to have commenced when the cement (or equivalent) foundations are poured or assembled, or the build or assembly of the home has commenced.
  • You must provide evidence that construction has commenced. This may include a declaration from your builder.

The contract cannot replace a building contract dated prior to 4 June 2020 unless the builder has either entered administration, receivership or liquidation, or is the subject of enforcement action by a regulatory body (for example, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission).  In these circumstances:

  • the replacement contract must be for the same scope as the original contract and
  • the requirement for construction to commence within 18 months will be based on the date of the replacement contract, but must not be later than 30 April 2023.

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, the grant will be paid 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 (no later than 30 April 2023). For example, evidence the Western Australian Planning Commission conditional approval of the proposed plan and lots.

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.

You can upload the supporting documents through the Online Services Portal when they are available but before 30 April 2023.

How and when to apply

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Applications for the grant closed on 14 April 2021.

You must upload all your supporting documents by 30 April 2023.

RevenueWA can only administer the grant in accordance with the requirements set by the Commonwealth. If you have any issues with the application dates for this grant, contact the Commonwealth Minister for Housing or your Federal Member of Parliament.

A full list of the required supporting documents was outlined 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 homes – once foundations are laid.
  • For relocatable or modular homes - when the home is delivered to site.
  • For substantial renovations – 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 purchases – after all applicants’ names are registered on the title.

The grant will be paid to all registered owners unless written authorisation to pay a third party is provided by all owners.

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Page reviewed 20 September 2021