What kind of Government assistance is available to first home buyers?
Both the federal and state governments provide assistance to first home buyers as a means of helping them build or purchase their first property.
The Australian Government supports eligible home buyers to purchase a home sooner. NHFIC administers these three Schemes on behalf of the Australian Government:
- First Home Loan Deposit Scheme supports you to buy your first home sooner, with a deposit of as little as 5%.
- New Home Guarantee supports you to build or buy a new home, with higher property price caps available in selected areas.
- Family Home Guarantee aims to support eligible single parents with at least one dependent child in purchasing a family home, with a deposit of as little as 2%.
Family Home Guarantee
The Family Home Guarantee aims to support eligible single parents with at least one dependent child in purchasing a family home, regardless of whether that single parent is a first home buyer or a previous home owner.
10,000 Family Home Guarantees will be made available over four financial years from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2025.
Usually, first home buyers with less than a 20% deposit need to pay lenders mortgage insurance.
Under this Scheme, part of an eligible first home buyer’s home loan from a Participating Lender will be guaranteed by NHFIC. This is aimed at enabling you to purchase your first home sooner with as little as a 2% deposit.
Any guarantee of your home loan is for up to a maximum amount of 18% of the value of your property (as assessed by your lender). This guarantee is not a cash payment or a deposit for your home loan.
View the Family Home Guarantee fact sheet to learn more.
If your home loan is covered by this Scheme, you can also access other government programs – like the Australian Government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme, Home Builder Grant or First Home Owner Grant and concessions that may be offered by State and Territory governments. These other programs apply their own criteria and conditions, and you should make your own enquiries on their terms.
Who is eligible?
Am I a single parent?
You will only be eligible to participate if you:
- are single. A person is considered to be single if they don’t have a spouse and/or the person does not have a de facto partner
- have at least one dependent child. To have a dependent child, you must be the natural or adoptive parent of the child and the child must either be
- a “dependent child” within the meaning of subsections (2), (3), (4),(5), (6) and (7) of section 5 of the Social Security Act 1991 or
- at least 16 but under 22 years of age, receive a disability support pension within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991 and live with you.
Generally speaking, for the purposes of the Social Security Act 1991, this means that you must show that you are legally responsible (whether alone or jointly with another person) for the day-to-day care, welfare and development of the dependent child and the dependent child is in your care.
What if I used to own a home?
Family Home Guarantee applicants can be either first home buyers or previous owners who do not currently own a home.
To be eligible, you must not currently have:
- a freehold interest in real property in Australia
- a lease of land in Australia
- a company title interest in land in Australia
If you are unsure of your personal circumstances, you should ask a professional adviser.
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