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Frequent questions

When does the Regional Relocation Home Buyers Grant start and finish?

The grant is available where the contract to purchase a regional property is entered into on or after 1 July 2011 and on or before 30 September 2014.

The Regional Relocation Home Buyers Grant closed on 30 September 2014. Applications for eligible purchases made on or before 30 September 2014 must be made by 31 March 2015. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.

Can the Chief Commissioner vary the residency requirement?

If satisfied there are good reasons to do so, the Chief Commissioner can reduce or waive the residency period and can extend the period to commence occupation. Each request must be in writing clearly setting out the circumstances and be supported with documentary evidence. Requests are treated on a case by case basis.

Can the Chief Commissioner approve a longer period to dispose of the metropolitan home?

The Chief Commissioner may approve a longer period only if satisfied that the delay is caused by circumstances beyond the control of the applicant. Each request must be in writing clearly setting out the circumstances and be supported with documentary evidence. Requests are treated on a case by case basis.

Is there a value limit for the sale of the metropolitan home?

No, there is no value limit placed on the metropolitan home.

Do I have to sell the whole of the metropolitan property?

If you owned and occupied a metropolitan home prior to the purchase of your regional property then yes, the metropolitan home must be sold in its entirety.

What is a home?

A home is a building (affixed to land in NSW) that:

  1. may lawfully be used as a place of residence, and

  2. is, in the Chief Commissioner’s opinion, a suitable building for use as a place of residence.

A building suitable for a place of residence includes a house, a unit or flat, a townhouse, a villa home, or any other type of self-contained dwelling affixed to land, (including a manufactured home as defined in the Local Government Act 1993) where evidence can be provided that the local Council is satisfied that the dwelling can be occupied as a place of residence.

A building is not suitable for occupation as a place of residence, for example, if the building is a shed or a factory.

I lodged my application online but I have lost my application acknowledgement form or I was unable to print my acknowledgement form. What can I do?

You will be able to print another application acknowledgement form as long as you have your RRG reference number. If you need assistance contact us.

What am I to do if I am unable to sell my metropolitan home or move into my Regional home within the required 12 month period?

You must contact Revenue NSW and explain your circumstances before the 12 months are up and we will advise you of the options available.

Can I use the regional home or land for another purpose other than residential?

The land and home must be used for residential purposes only.

The land and home must not be used for non residential purposes such as a commercial, industrial, or professional purpose. However, the purchase of a farming property that includes a home is not excluded.

Is there any distance requirement in relocating to a regional area?

Yes. From 1 January 2014, any application lodged for a Regional Relocation Home Buyers Grant will be subject to a minimum distance requirement of a 100km radius. In the case of an applicant who has been renting in a metropolitan area, the 100km radius will apply to all metropolitan homes occupied over a period of 2 continuous years, including the most recent. However, from 12 May 2014, you may still be eligible if you relocate to outside at least a 50km radius and to a local government area that isn't adjacent to any of your metropolitan homes.

I relocated before 1 October 2014 but have not applied for the grant yet. Can I apply now?

Yes provided the signed application and supporting documents are received on or before 31 March 2015. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.

What is the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive?

This incentive provides for the payment of $10,000 (in 2 instalments) to persons who relocate from metropolitan areas to regional areas for the purpose of employment or self-employment.

When does the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive start and finish?

The grant is available to persons who commence employment in a regional job or who acquire or establish a regional small business on or after 1 January 2014 and on or before 31 March 2015. Applications must be received on or before 30 September 2015. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.

How do I qualify for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive?

To qualify you must:

  • be employed on a full time basis for at least 2 years in one or more regional jobs with your first day of employment being on or after 1 January 2014 and on or before 31 march 2015

  • have acquired or established a small business in a regional area. This only applies where you commence working in the regional small business on or after 1 January 2014 or on or before 31 March 2015

  • if acquiring a regional small business, purchase at least 50% of the business

  • have been residing in 1 or more metropolitan homes for a continuous period of 2 years with the most recent being within the 12 months before commencing work in a regional job or regional small business

  • relocate to a regional area where the regional home and the regional place of employment or place of business are at least 100km radius from all your metropolitan homes occupied during the 2-year period

  • if acquiring or establishing a regional small business, complete an approved business advisory program.

Note: From 12 May 2014, you may be taken to have met the distance requirement if you relocate to, and have your principal place of employment (or business), outside at least a 50km radius as long as you relocate to a local government area that isn't adjacent to any of your relevant metropolitan homes.

To be eligible for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive do I need to buy a home in a regional area?

No. The incentive is based on gaining employment or self-employment in a regional area. However, you will need to relocate to the regional area within 3 months of commencing employment or self-employment.

When can I make an application for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive?

An application cannot be made until at least 3 months after you commence employment in a regional job or commence self-employment in a regional small business. Applications cannot be accepted after 30 September 2015.

When will payment for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive be made?

If you meet eligibility requirements, the first payment of $5,000 will be paid within 21 days of making a complete application. The second instalment will be paid 12 months later, provided you continue to meet eligibility. Payments will be made to a nominated bank account.

The second instalment will be paid even though the grant will close on 31 March 2015.

What qualifies as a small business?

A business is a small business if it has an ABN and is either conducted by an individual who is a sole trader, or by a partnership where each of the partners is an individual.

Can I buy part of a small business and still qualify?

If you are purchasing an existing business, rather than setting up a new business, you must purchase at least 50% of the business to qualify.

If both my partner and I gain employment or self-employment in a regional area, are we entitled to 2 grants?

No, only 1 grant is payable per household. For example, 1 member of the household gains employment and another buys a small business in regional NSW, only 1 grant is payable.

When does the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive finish?

The scheme closes on 31 March 2015. Employment that commences after 31 March 2015 will not be eligible for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive.

As of 31 March 2015 I have not been in the regional job for 3 months, can I make an application for the Skilled Relocation Incentive now?

You will still be able to apply until 30 September 2015 provided the employment commenced on or before 31 March 2015.

I have received my first instalment under the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive, will I get my second instalment?

Yes, the second instalment will still be paid 12 months after the first instalment was paid.

Can I apply for both the Regional Relocation Home Buyers Grant and the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive?

No. Only 1 grant is payable per household in respect of a relocation.

Can the Chief Commissioner approve a longer period to lodge the application?

No. the Chief Commissioner has no discretion to approve a longer period to lodge an application for either grant.

Last updated: 30 July 2017