You don’t have to pay the duty if you are an Australian citizen.
You are also exempt from the duty if you meet one of the residence requirements set out below and
Find out more about the different types of visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.
If you fall into one of the categories of foreign buyers potentially exempt from Surcharge Purchaser Duty, you won’t have to pay the surcharge if you’re ‘ordinarily resident’ in Australia.
If you’re a permanent resident, including a New Zealand citizen with a subclass 444 visa, you’ll qualify for an exemption even where you don’t meet the ‘ordinarily resident’ requirement, so long as you:
If you hold a temporary Australian visa that’s subject to limitations, such as an end date:
If you’ve paid the foreign purchaser surcharge but can prove that you and any other person you bought with qualifies for an exemption, you can apply for a refund. Contact us to find out how you can apply.
Contact us for more information on your status as a foreign buyer and have questions on whether you’ll need to pay the surcharge.