$25,000 grants available for Aussies to build homes and renovate

Those looking at building a home or undergoing substantial renovations can now apply for $25,000 grants from the federal government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the new Homebuilder program, which will make grants available to those who were looking to build or significantly renovate over the coming months.

It’s understood the project needs to be worth at least $150,000, and it can’t be used on a new pool or separate garage.


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The grants will be made available until the end of the year, costing a total of $668 million, which the Treasurer predicts will help fund between 25,000-30,000 projects around Australia, boosting jobs in the construction industry in the short and long term.

Scott Morrison says these grants will go a long way in helping the economy recover from coronavirus.

“$25,000 to support those families and those Australians whose dream it was to build their home, or to do that big renovation, a dream that they thought might have been crushed by the coronavirus.

“Well, we’re here to tell them that we’re going to keep that dream alive for them. And the dream alive of the jobs for the builders, the apprentices and the tradies who depend on this critical industry right across the country.

“In our regional cities and our towns, in suburbs like where we are today, this is good news.

“It is good news because it shows the Government understands the challenges that we face in rebuilding our economy, both the short-term challenges of keeping industries like this going, but also the longer-term challenges,” Morrison said.

It’s understood the grants will be made available through the state governments.

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Martin
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Martin

“The plan will be restricted to people on middle incomes and to new homes and major renovations valued between $150,000 to $750,000.”
Hope that value range changes because there won’t be many people who can raise those kinds of renovation funds.

Joe
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Joe

New home prices have just gone up by 25K!

Realestate Renovation guidelines = max spend of 10% against home value.
So if your home is worth 750K you should limit renovations to 75k.
Spend 150k and you will not recoup your investment.

Deb
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Deb

Can anyone tell me if we can use it to build a granny flat?

allie
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allie

The pre-renovation value of the house must not exceed $1.5 million and excludes sheds, pools, granny flats and any other structures not attached to the property.

Mike
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Mike

Hmm is this confirmed? Or it’s just speculation? I really want to build a granny flat.

jon quinn
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jon quinn

If the flat is detached and services are duplicated its a granny flat and needs only complying DA = No grant.
If attached, some shared facility = extension = standard DA = Grant.
Change of use or S96 later can still achieve a granny flat. ie attached, but seprate facility, but No separate t**le.

Mark
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Mark

No you can’t!

Big W
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Big W

NO YOU CAN NOT

Alex
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Alex

I have this question too

jon quinn
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jon quinn

if your flat is attached it is BCA class is extension, and DA required with some facilities restricted. If you changing inside, then is renovation, with some not req DA. if you live in expanded dwelling, the new must be on same t**le, eg class as for extension, otherwise its a new dwelling. Granny flats are complying development, but otherwise look excluded.

Kerri
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Kerri

What if my renovations may only cost $25000. I don’t need to spend $150000.

Annette
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Annette

Me too I could do my bathroom and kitchen on 25000

Bruce Ellen
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Bruce Ellen

We own a unit in a building. If every unit is to receive $ 25,000 could this money be used for urgent repairs to concrete spalling in the building required to maintain the building provided every one agreed.

jon quinn
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jon quinn

cost of renovation >$150k =$25K grant.
Cost of each strata renovation. 🙁

Ndegaris
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Ndegaris

We have already spent 200K this year but now need to spend a further 100K for the renovations to be completed would we be entitled as we have just put the builder on hold due to the times from covid’19?

Kevin Dragwidge
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Kevin Dragwidge

We are pensioners are we legible for the home renovations grant.

Vicki Parker
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Vicki Parker

I am hoping we can apply for this as my husband is not able to do the reno’s we need

Patricia
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Patricia

I believe you need to be working and paying tax, you need to read the website

Lylah
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Lylah

I think this is a great idea with significant flaws, I’m a single income household that fits into the income bracket for this grant, but as it sits at the moment my house isn’t worth what I paid for it 7 years ago and as much as I’d love to do those renovations I’ve been putting off and help keep people employed and working I am not going to spend $150K on my house, not in this market and I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one who falls into this category. I get that the government doesn’t want to… Read more »

Fiorella
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Fiorella

I been trying to find out where do I need to go to apply for this?? Could anyone guide me? Thanks

Susan Nelson
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Susan Nelson

I’m the same! How do we apply for this?

Fiorella
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Fiorella

I kept looking around and the closest thing I found was the website of Revenue NSW, that it’s we’re you apply for First Home Owner Grant, but there is nothing up yet.
If anyone have any further information, please share 🙂 will be highly appreciated!!!

Mark
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Mark

It is not legislated yet so not available at the moment!

Brooke
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Brooke

If a contract was signed a couple weeks ago, does this mean there is no way of getting this grant? Or can something be done?

jon quinn
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jon quinn

cancel the contract & renegotiate = 🙂

Stuart Knight
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Stuart Knight

The contract was signed 2 months ago, but we are still waiting the approving from Council, there is any way we can get this grant?

Penelope
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Penelope

We Just started to renovate are we still able to get grant

Penelope
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Penelope

We just started to renovate are we still able to apply for grant

Drew
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Drew

How are you going to manage to spend over $150k on renovations? Is everything gold?

Drew
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Drew

If you’re spending $150k on a renovation it’s either not a renovation or you’re running a money laundering scheme and have to thrown money away at a loss to clean it.

jade
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jade

and where is the link to apply for this grant?

Harry
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Harry

It’s mostly for new home builders. $150k Renovation for a property worth less than 750k, what I can say?

Val
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Val

Can a permanent resident be qualified for this?

Vjv
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Vjv

looks like it is only or citizens. I am a permenant resident disappointed with this eligibility criteria.

Mirza P
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Mirza P

Me too.. So disappointing.
Permanent Residents also pay tax and contribute to the economy.

Jay
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Jay

thats true, when PR holders can be eligible for job seeker, job keeper schemes, then why they exclude only in this. Is there any way we raise this to government?

Krish
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Krish

How we can raise this issue ??

Constance
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Constance

Think about it you have not contributed to the economy long enough, I been working since 12 years old in my parents company and now I am 52 and I have never been unemployed and paid taxes and never got any government hand outs because I have never been eligible. Stop sooking

Vini
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Vini

We should speak out and tell govt to reconsider , there are thousands of PR leftover due to govt descrimition

The PR grant letter from AUST immigrant clearly tells equal right and access,

Let’s get strong through social media and share our thoughts

Janette Martino
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Janette Martino

I have to agree ,I have lived in australia for 49 years, all my working life. I am a PR with voting rights and assumed that was as good as a citizen. I was 18 when I emigrated.

Krish
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Krish

How we can raise this to government

Vjv
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Vjv

Any suggestion to bring this before Government ? I am feeling as if I lost my money :(. The State government will be able to amend this ? How do we get attention from the Premier. I am in VIC by the way. Social media is a long process. Can we meet or do something about it

Mirza P
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Mirza P

We should raise this issue to gov so they can broaden the criteria. Im sure many PR want to build as this an opportunity to settle in Propety ownership. State goverment can customise the criteria like what they have done in Western Australia.

Kris
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Kris

Hi Mate have the WA has included PR holders ?

Vjv
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Vjv

WA has included foreign citizen in their bonus grant of $20000. My understanding is in WA, PR holders can get 10K+20K=35K and citizen can get 10+20+25K=55K

DANIELA GIORNO
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DANIELA GIORNO

They didn’t actually say how to apply for it or include a link. Does anyone know how we go about applying for it

Regan
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Regan

I’m interested in this answer as well, has anyone seen a link to apply yet?

Dnk
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Dnk

Hi can we build upstair second storey?

Dnk
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Dnk

Anyone knows whether we can build our second storey?

Kirsty
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Kirsty

Really, who has any money these days to spend on renovations let alone $150,000 + to being able to qualify for the grant. Most out there, like us, don’t even currently have the capability’s to even borrow that kind of amount due to being down to one household income from covid19. And like a lot of others we could really do with this grant, not for just adding something to our property but for necessity. We have serious issues at our place with our side yard and back fence to our neighbour that are held up by retaining walls as… Read more »

Mandeep kaur
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Mandeep kaur

Is it for only for citizen or can permanent residence eligible for this grant

Tian
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Tian

It’s only for Citizens.

Leanne
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Leanne

I don’t know who works out his calculations and his conditions. But unless your wealthy been put into lower income. House is just over a 100,000. You need building construction work done to your house then you can get it. To bad if you need to remodel kitchen, maybe do some plumbing. Cause your house is over 20years like my house. When they built house they didn’t install kitchen the way it should have been done. That my oven is a ticking time bomb waiting to catch fire. Not too mention electrical needs to be upgraded because new oven can’t… Read more »

Leanne
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Leanne

It’s only for construction what about all the other trades. I need plumbing done. I need electrical work done. I want to remodel a kitchen and I want to make changes to a shower. Why can’t we apply and help move the economy along that way. So everyone gets a slice of the pie not just one industry. Common on Scott Morrison do the right thing for once.

Pravina
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Pravina

Hi I would like to extend 1 to 3 three rooms in my built house already can I get a grant and I m single not working now as I had stillborn baby just 1 week ago will I get it

Trevor
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Trevor

You have to produce your 2018-2019 tax return and be working, I am sorry to hear you had a still born baby however keep in mind you have to pay out first $150K before they give it to you otherwise people will get the money and not renovate. You have to prove you can afford it.

Tian
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Tian

Is there gonna be issues if couples are an Australian Citizen and the other a permanent resident? Planning to build a house.

Runner
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Runner

Do anyone got an answer for this?

G C
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G C

I read yesterday that so long as one of the named applicants is a citizen it’s ok.

Really annoying it doesn’t inc residents, the processing time for citizenship is 2 years…

Teefisk
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Teefisk

Hi GC where did you read this?

Mel taplin
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Mel taplin

Do you know where you read this info as it’s something we are trying to see if we can do.. I’m a citizen partner is pr.
Cheers!!

Sally
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Sally

In the FAQ it says all applicants/owners occupiers need to be citizens.

shclomoshekles
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shclomoshekles

you meet one of the following two income caps:
$125,000 per annum for an individual applicant based on your 2018-19 tax return or later; or
$200,000 per annum for a couple based on both 2018-19 tax returns or later;
• you enter into a building contract between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 to either just looks like the rich looking out for the rich scam so pretty much go punch f***ing sand if you earn under 125k

Runner
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Runner

What if the 2018-19 tax is within income caps, but the 2019-2020 ran out of income cap?
Do they consider? Or will be rejected? Please advice

Maria
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Maria

How about holiday home renovations??

Runner
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Runner

1) What if the 2018-19 tax is within income caps, but the 2019-2020 ran out of income eligibility?
Do they consider? Or will be rejected? Please advice

2) What if one couple is a Citizen and the other is PR? Can only the citizen partner apply ?

Dave
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Dave

My wife is a citizen I’m Pr ,
Do we qualify for the $25,000 Grant

Mary Parry
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Mary Parry

How do you apply?. Ive searched high and low

Marc
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Marc

Does landscaping around the main house fall under this? Or, if we are going pavilion style house with separate home office and exercise room to keep work out of home, but on the same t**le as the main house, can that be included?

Trevor
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Trevor

No to landscaping read the facts sheet you will need to do a DA and see if you qualify

Shaun Conlon
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Shaun Conlon

No one where ever I go on site will tell me how to apply for the $25000 renovation grant

Lachie
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Lachie

Hi – Just wondering if anyone knows when they say 750k cap (new build and land) what is defined as land value? For example if i’m looking to buy a piece of land with a house on it where the intent is to demolish and it costs 500k (purchase price) but for rates purposes the land has a deemed value of 400k what is the ‘land value’ assumed at?

Any thoughts appreciated.

Thanks
Lachie