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Housing and property

Buying a home - MoneySmart

Buying your first home is both exciting and nerve-wracking. It is a major decision that takes lots of planning and research, and careful budgeting. Follow the MoneySmart tips to help you get started.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Buying a home in Australia - a guide for new arrivals (PDF 813KB)

A brief outline of Australia's foreign investment policy in relation to residential real estate.

Foreign Investment Review Board

Buying, selling or renting property

Buying, selling or renting property? Provides links to state and territory housing and property information.

First Home Owner Grant

The First Home Owner Grant scheme is a one-off grant, payable to first home owners that satisfy all the eligibility criteria. This site provides links to the various revenue offices who are responsible for administering the grant in their respective jurisdictions.

Office of State Revenue [WA]

Homeless - Community Engagement Officers

Assist people of all ages who are homeless or are having difficulties with their current housing situation to get financial help and other services.

Department of Human Services

Housing Affordability Fund (HAF)

A government proposal to improve the supply of new housing and make housing more affordable for home buyers entering the market.

Department of Social Services

Housing support

Programs and services, benefits and payments, grants and funding to helps make housing more available and reduce homelessness.

Department of Social Services

Insuring your home - MoneySmart

Explains how to go about insuring your home and contents; and how to make a claim.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Land titles

Each state has a central register of all land in the state which shows the owner of the land. Search facilities are provided by state and territory land titles registries.

Land transfer calculators

Buying a property? Provides links to state and territory calculators for stamp duty.

Mortgage calculator

The MoneySmart mortgage calculator shows how much you can afford to borrow and what your home loan repayments will be. It can also show your repayments if interest rates change.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme

NatHERS provides a framework that allows various computer software tools to rate the potential energy efficiency of Australian homes. NatHERS defines the minimum set of information that must be used by all software tools.

Department of Industry

Property - tax information

If you have an investment property, build or renovate for profit, or use a property in the running of a business, there may be implications for income tax, capital gains tax and goods and services tax (GST). Your home is generally exempt from tax.

Australian Taxation Office

Your Home

Your guide to building, buying or renovating a home. It shows how to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment – economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to your changing needs.

Department of the Environment

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