Frequent questions

Who can apply for the grant?

An agreement or transfer is eligible only if the transferee/s is/are declared Australian nationals. A transferee or purchaser is a declared Australian national if they are an Australian citizen, Australian resident or an Australian-owned body.

Who is an Australian citizen?

An Australian citizen is a person who:

  1. is an Australian citizen under Division 1 or 2 of Part 2 of the Commonwealth Australian Citizenship Act 2007; or

  2. satisfies both of the following:

    1. the person was an Australian citizen under the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 of the Commonwealth immediately before the commencement day;

    2. the person has not ceased to be an Australian citizen under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 of the Commonwealth.

Who is an Australian resident?

An Australian resident is a person who:

  1. is the holder of a permanent visa within the meaning of section 30 of the Commonwealth Migration Act 1958, or

  2. is a New Zealand citizen who holds a special category visa within the meaning of section 32 of the Migration Act 1958  of the Commonwealth.

What is an Australian-owned body?

An Australian-owned body is a corporation or body corporate that is at least 50% owned or controlled by persons who are Australian citizens or Australian residents.

Is a trustee entitled to the grant?

A trustee is entitled to the grant only if at least 50% of the beneficial interest in the land is held for the benefit of Australian citizens, Australian residents or Australian-owned bodies.

When should I apply for the grant?

You should apply for the grant at the same time your agreement and transfer are lodged at Revenue NSW or processed through Electronic Duties Returns.

When should I apply if I have bought a new home ‘off the plan’?

You should apply for the grant at the same time your agreement and transfer are lodged at Revenue NSW for stamping or processed through Electronic Duties Returns. There is no requirement to apply before this time.

Can I get more than one grant?

Yes. However, a transferee or purchaser can only receive one grant for transactions that occur in the same financial year. For an agreement for sale or transfer, or a transfer in conformity with an agreement for sale or transfer, the transaction occurs on the date on which the agreement for sale is entered into. Where there is no agreement, the transaction occurs on the date on which the transfer occurs.

What evidence do I need to provide to establish that I am an Australian National?

You would need to provide a certified copy of the following documents:

  • For Australian Citizens - Australian Birth Certificate, Australian Passport or Australian Citizenship Certificate

  • For Australian Resident - Permanent Resident Visa or for a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category Visa, a New Zealand Passport.

Last updated: 30 July 2017