Building Bonus grant

Applications for the Building Bonus grant must meet contract and construction timeframes to be eligible for the grant.

Applications for the Building Bonus grant for new detached homes close on 30 April 2023.

On 9 September 2021, extensions to the grant requirements for existing eligible contracts were announced.

  • Construction of a new detached home or single-tier development home must commence within 18 months of signing your contract.
  • Foundations for a new detached home must be laid by 30 April 2023.
  • You should lodge your application for a new detached home now and no later than 30 April 2023. You can upload supporting documents at any time after you have lodged your application but before 30 April 2023.

Processing update

When processing applications, we are prioritising applicants who have commenced construction and provided proof foundations have been laid. We are currently processing complete applications that were submitted before 13 April 2021.

  • If you have commenced construction and laid your foundations, please upload all required documents through the Online Services Portal.
  • 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.

When payment will be made

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

  • For new detached homes – once foundations are laid.
  • For relocatable or modular homes - when the home is delivered to site.
  • For off-the-plan purchases – after all applicants’ names are registered on the title.
  • If the land already has a home on it that will be demolished - after the home is demolished and foundations are laid.

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

About the grant

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A grant of $20,000 is available for eligible applicants who

  • entered into a contract between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 to build a new detached home on vacant land or
  • entered into an off-the-plan contract between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 to purchase a new home as part of a single-tier development on a strata plan or other land survey type.

These grants are different to the Australian Government HomeBuilder grant. If you receive a Building Bonus grant, you may still be eligible to receive the HomeBuilder grant.

If you receive one of these grants, you may still be eligible to receive the first home owner grant.

Multiple Building Bonus grants can be paid to the same applicant on separate transactions that meet the criteria for each grant.

See some examples of scenarios that may affect your eligibility for the grant.

Building a new detached home

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The grant is available for:

  • a comprehensive home building contract to construct a new home on vacant land or
  • a contract to construct and install a new relocatable or modular home on vacant land.

The home to be constructed must be a detached residence.

  • It cannot be for mixed use, commercial purposes or short stay accommodation.
  • It cannot share walls or roof structures with any other buildings.

The land must be vacant.

  • You will not be eligible for the grant if there is already a home on the land and the home will not be demolished, regardless of the size of the home or the land.
  • If the land already has a home on it that will be demolished, the grant will be paid after the home is demolished and foundations are laid.

If you have sold the home off-the-plan or intend to do so, you will not be eligible to receive the grant.

Building contract

The contract must be in the name of the registered owner of the land.

If the building contract is not in the name of the registered owner, you must provide supporting evidence to establish it is a bona fide arrangement. For example, a guarantor relationship that is in place or permission that has been given by the registered owner for construction to occur. This does not apply when there is a lease arrangement between the registered owner of the land and the applicant.

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. If this is not clear from the contract, RevenueWA may not pay the grant until the home is completed.

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
  • the requirement for construction to commence within 18 months will be based on the date the replacement contract was entered into and
  • you must lay your foundations and apply for the grant by 30 April 2023.

Construction commencement

Construction must commence within 18 months of entering into the contract.

  • 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.
  • You must provide evidence that construction has commenced. This may include a declaration from your builder.

You must lay your foundations and apply by 30 April 2023 to be eligible for the grant.

Relocatable or modular homes

For relocatable or modular homes that are built or assembled in a different location (such as a builder’s factory 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.

The relocatable or modular home’s cement (or equivalent) foundations must have been poured or assembled and the home delivered to site by 30 April 2023.

You must apply for the grant and upload your supporting documents by 30 April 2023. The grant will be paid once you have provided evidence of the delivery to site.

Owner builders

If you are an owner builder, you must have laid your foundations between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020.

Land ownership

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 the foundations are laid.
  • If you are subdividing your own land, the grant will be paid after foundations are laid on the proposed vacant lot if you provide evidence to show 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.

Purchasing off-the-plan in a single-tier development

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A grant is available for an off-the-plan contract to purchase a new home in a single-tier development on a strata plan or other land survey type before construction of the development is completed.

You must be the registered owner of the land on which the new home is built and you must be the buyer named in the off-the-plan contract or an eligible transferee.

One grant will be paid in relation to each dwelling. You may be eligible to receive the grant for each contract you enter into.

The home to be constructed must be part of a single-tier development as defined by section 3(1) of the Strata Title Act 1985 or other land survey type such as a Deposited Plan.

  • A single-tier scheme is one where the lots or any part of the lots in the scheme are not above or below another lot. The houses can be either detached or non-detached.
  • It cannot be part of a multi-tier development.  See information about the rebate available for pre-construction contracts in multi-tiered developments.
  • It cannot be for a completed dwelling that is held by the developer or another person.
  • It cannot be for refurbished developments, including those where the original property is extended or renovated.

Building contract

  • You must enter into the contract between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020.
  • The contract cannot replace another 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. 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.

Construction commencement

  • Construction must commence within 18 months of the contract date. Construction commences when significant earthworks, excavations or physical building work commence. Preparatory works such as site clearing, fencing, markings, or 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.

Completion of construction

  • Construction is taken to have been completed for strata plans on the date the strata plan is registered.
  • For other land survey types (e.g. survey strata and deposited plan) construction is taken to have been completed at the date the Notice of Completion (BA7 Form) is issued providing final building work completion and occupancy approval for single-tier dwellings.

Apply for a grant

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How to apply

Submit an online application form, which you can access 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.
  • We will send you an email when your application is processed.

Please note - Providing false or misleading information to the Department of Finance is a criminal offence. If it is determined that you have provided false and misleading information to obtain, or attempt to obtain the grant, prosecution action may be undertaken and you may not be eligible to receive a grant on future applications. See our news article for more information.

When to apply

New detached homes (including relocatable or modular homes)

Apply by 30 April 2023. You can upload supporting documents at any time after you have lodged your application but before 30 April 2023.

You will be paid the grant after your foundations have been laid, or the home has been delivered to your site, and all required supporting documents have been provided to us.

Off-the-plan purchases

Apply at any time. You can upload supporting documents at any time after you have lodged your application.

You will be paid the grant after construction has been completed and all applicants’ names are registered on the title.

Examples

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Construction of a home (house and land package)

On 30 June 2020, Emma signs a contract for a house and land package which includes the purchase of vacant land and a building contract to construct a new home.

Settlement on the land is on 15 August 2020 and Emma becomes the registered owner of the land. Construction of the new home commences shortly after, with the foundations laid by 1 September 2020.

Emma can apply for and receive the Building Bonus grant for a new detached home.

Construction of homes on a survey-strata scheme

Joe owns a large parcel of land on a deposited plan with an existing house on it that he will demolish before subdividing the land into four lots on a survey-strata plan. He intends to construct four detached houses to be sold once they are completed.

Joe enters into building contracts on 15 June 2020 and has architectural and proposed subdivision plans drawn up to build one home on each of the new proposed lots.

Construction commences once he has received conditional approval of the proposed subdivision plan on 15 July 2020. The new survey-strata plan is registered on 10 September 2020 and titles are issued.

Construction is completed when the occupancy permit and building approval certifications (BA7) are provided on 20 November 2021. Joe then enters into contracts to sell the new houses.

Joe is eligible to receive a Building Bonus grant for each new detached home, and can apply for the grant for each home after the foundations for each home are laid. The foundations must laid be no later than 30 April 2023.

The prospective buyers of the houses are not eligible for a grant because they will be sold after construction of the homes has been completed.

Construction of a home by an owner builder

Tony is an owner builder who has conditional approval to subdivide his land into two smaller lots, one with his existing home and the other with a new house that he will build then sell once completed. Tony lays foundations on the land on 1 August 2020 and six months later he has the new land survey plan registered with the new Certificates of Titles issued in his name.

Tony can apply for, and will receive, the Building Bonus grant for the construction of the new home when foundations are laid as long as the Commissioner is satisfied that the new survey plan and Certificate of Title for the home will be issued before construction is completed. The buyer of the completed home will not qualify for a grant.

Purchase of a single storey villa on a strata plan

Mary enters into an off-the-plan contract on 12 June 2020 to purchase a villa on a proposed lot in a strata plan. The complex will have eight villas when it is completed.

The villa development commences on 31 July 2020. On 15 February 2022 the development is completed and the strata plan is registered.

After settlement occurs and Mary is registered as the villa's owner on the Certificate of Title, Mary provides the Certificate of Title and receives the Building Bonus grant for a new home on a single-tier strata lot.

Purchase of a townhouse on a deposited plan

On 10 June 2020, John enters into an off-the-plan contract to buy a townhouse in a complex of 25 lots on a deposited plan. The development is already under construction and is expected to be completed by 22 December 2020. The development is delayed, which causes completion to be delayed until May 2022.

On 15 May 2022, the relevant occupancy and building certifications are provided to the developer and they proceed to settlement with the buyers the following week.

John is eligible to receive the Building Bonus grant for a new home because he entered into an off-the-plan contract before construction was completed. The grant will be paid after he is registered on the Certificate of Title for his townhouse.

Purchase of a villa on a strata plan

On 10 October 2020, Peter enters into a contract of sale to buy a villa in a complex of 10 in a survey strata. The development was already under construction and the Notice of Completions (BA7) form was lodged with the Local Council showing that construction was completed on 30 June 2020.

Peter is not eligible to receive the Building Bonus grant for a new home in a single-tier development (off-the-plan) because he entered into the contract of sale after construction was completed.

Purchase of a high-rise apartment

Sally and Tom enter into an off-the-plan contract on 15 June 2020 to purchase an apartment in a 10 storey development that has not commenced construction.

They are not eligible to receive the grant because it does not apply to multi-tiered off-the-plan developments.

However, Sally and Tom will be eligible to receive the off-the-plan duty rebate of 75 per cent of the duty paid (up to $50,000) on the purchase of the apartment and can apply once they are the registered owners of the apartment.

Construction of detached homes sold off-the-plan

Homes East Pty Ltd, a land owner and developer, intends to develop some vacant land and will offer off-the-plan contracts for the houses in a new housing estate. Home East Pty Ltd obtains all necessary approvals on the development including construction of new roads.

Homes East Pty Ltd enters into off-the-plan contracts with buyers on 6 June 2020 for the purchase of the homes on small deposited plan lots. Construction of each home commences in September 2021. At completion, the occupation permits and building approval certifications will be lodged for the new homes and settlement will occur with the buyers.

Once each buyer is registered on their Certificate of Title, they will be eligible to receive the Building Bonus grant for a new home on a single-tier lot. Homes East Pty Ltd is not eligible for the grant on the construction of the homes because the houses were sold off-the-plan prior to completion.

Two or more homes with common walls

Gerry decides to build four family homes on four newly subdivided survey-strata lots that he owns. He signs a building contract for each build as each home will be situated on its own lot but will share a common wall with one of the other homes.

The common wall rests on the boundary line between each home and each property is jointly responsible for its maintenance. Gerry does not intend to sell the homes until they are completed. He has applied for the Building Bonus grant for all four builds.

Gerry won’t receive the grants as none of the new home builds are detached properties. However, if he decides to sell the homes off-the-plan prior to completion of construction, the new owners will be eligible to receive the grant.

Two or more homes with parapet walls

Linda is building a new home on a vacant lot that she owns. The side of the house will be very close to the boundary line.

Linda’s building contract includes the construction of a parapet wall on her land adjacent to the boundary. There is a very small gap between the parapet wall on Linda’s side of the boundary and the side garage wall of the neighbour’s house.

Linda applies for the Building Bonus grant once the foundation is laid and is paid the grant for building a detached home.

Two or more homes with shared roofing

David decides to build two homes on adjacent strata-titled vacant land that he owns.

He signs two building contracts to construct the properties simultaneously. The homes will abut one another but have separate foundations and walls structures. The properties are attached by their roofs and there will be an easement for ongoing maintenance of the shared roof structure.

David is not eligible to receive the grant as the two properties will not be detached properties.

Terms used

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Home

A building, affixed to land, that may lawfully be used as a place of residence.

Detached

A building that does not share wall or roof structures with other homes or buildings.  Buildings on adjoining lots can be built to the lot boundary without having shared walls if there is a separate wall on each lot's boundary.

Attached home

Two or more dwellings on individual lots attached by a common wall at a shared property line. These include town houses, row houses or duplex.

Eligible transferee

A transferee on a transfer of land who

  • is not named as the buyer in the contract and
  • qualifies for duty relief under the no double duty provisions in the Duties Act 2008 as
    • a person related to the buyer as referred to in section 43 and defined under section 42(2)
    • the real purchaser under an agency arrangement as defined under section 42(4)
    • a corporation yet to be incorporated or dormant corporation as defined under section 42(5) or
    • a managed investment scheme as defined under section 42(7).

Comprehensive home building contract

A contract under which a builder agrees to build a home on land from the inception of the building work to the point where the home is ready for occupation and if, for any reason, the work to be carried out under such a contract is not completed, includes any further contract under which the work is to be completed.

Foundations

The slab, stumps or other foundations on which the home will be situated.

Frequently asked questions

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When will I find out if my application has been approved?

We will email you when your application is processed.

How much is the grant?

$20,000

Does the amount of the grant depend on the value of my contract?

No.

Can I receive a Building Bonus grant, a HomeBuilder grant, a First Home Owner Grant and the first home buyer transfer duty concession?

Eligible first homebuyers can access both State and Australian Government grants, the first home owner grant and the first home buyer transfer duty concession.

Who can apply for the grant?

  • Owner occupiers and investors
  • Australian citizens, permanent residents and foreign persons
  • Natural persons, corporations and trustees

You do not need to be living in WA to access the grant.

Do I need to live in the home to qualify for the grant?

No. This is different from the Australian Government HomeBuilder grant, which only applies to owner-occupiers.

Can I get more than one grant?

You may be able to receive a grant for each new home built or purchased on separate land titles. Only one grant will apply if more than one new home is built on a single lot.

Where is the application form?

Use the online application form to apply for the Building Bonus grant.   You must register and log in to the Online Services Portal to access the form.

When can I apply for the grant?

For a new home on vacant land (new detached dwelling) - apply when foundations are laid.

For new single-tiered dwellings such as villas and townhouses - apply when you are the owner of the property (registered on the certificate of title).

Is there any means test or property value cap?

No.

What properties are eligible for the grant?

  • New detached homes constructed under a building contract
  • New relocatable homes
  • New homes constructed by an owner-builder
  • New single-tiered homes on strata plans such as villas and townhouses. For more information about these types of properties, see section 3(1) of the Strata Titles Act 1985
  • New single-tiered homes on other land survey types.

Properties that don’t qualify for the grant include

  • Properties in multi-tiered developments such as an apartment tower. These properties may qualify for an off-the-plan duty rebate.
  • Mixed use and commercial property
  • Short stay accommodation
  • New constructions where there is already a home on the land, for example, adding a granny flat to the backyard of the person’s home
  • Refurbished property and developments, including where the original property is extended or renovated. Substantial renovations may qualify for the Australian Government HomeBuilder grant.
  • A building contract or contract for the purchase of property that the Commissioner is satisfied was cancelled to allow a new contract to be made for the purpose of qualifying for the grant
  • Completed dwellings (existing stock) held by the developer or another person
  • Construction of attached housing developments that are to be constructed and retained by the owner/developer (not sold off-the-plan).

Can I receive the grant if I sign a contract to build a home on vacant land that I already own?

Yes.

Does the grant apply to contracts signed before 4 June 2020 or after 31 December 2020?

No.

Will the money be paid to the bank?

The money will be paid into any Australian bank account nominated by the applicant.

Can I buy land and find a builder or do I need to buy a house and land package?

You can do either. The Building Bonus scheme includes the purchase of house and land packages as well as signing a contract with a registered builder to build a home on your own vacant land.

Announcements

News story

Building Bonus Grants

The Premier, The Hon Mark McGowan and the Treasurer, The Hon Ben Wyatt, announced the introduction of two housing construction grants and an extension to the Off-the-Plan Duty Rebate Scheme.
Page reviewed 22 September 2021