NSW Government changes stamp duty rules for first-home buyers to prop up economy

Sydneysiders looking to pick up their first property are set to benefit from huge changes to stamp duty.

The NSW Government has announced stamp duty will be temporarily scrapped for first-home buyers purchasing newly-built properties worth up to $800,000 and heavily discounted for homes priced up to $1 million.

The year-long initiative aims to provide an economic boost to the construction sector and inject confidence into the struggling property market amid the ­coronavirus recession.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said changes to stamp duty thresholds will allow more buyers to buy their first home.

“Thousands of people will see their bank balances benefit from this change – it will help get more keys into more front doors of more new homes,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Commencing August 1, the threshold above which stamp duty will be charged on new homes for first-home buyers will increase from the current $650,000 to $800,000, with the concession reducing on higher values before phasing out at $1 million.

The government forecasts more than 6000 first-home buyers will benefit from the changes.

The changes will last for a 12-month period and will only apply to newly-built homes and vacant land, not to existing homes. Other purchases will continue to benefit from existing schemes.

First-home buyers will also be able to access the $10,000 First Home Owner Grant, which is available to people buying a new first home worth no more than $600,000, or buying land and building a new first home worth no more than $750,000 in total.


This could see a first-home buyer save $32,335 under the scheme if purchasing a new home and accessing the grant.

Belle Property Annandale associate director Simone Azzi said the scheme is a welcomed boost for the property market and would provide more younger buyers with a pathway to purchasing.

“Anything that can help first-home buyers is a win, as it can be very hard for them,” she said.

“This will also relieve the stress for many and could be the difference between buying a house instead of an apartment.”


Tax breaks on existing homes — including the $650,000 stamp duty exemption will remain. Stamp duty exemptions on vacant land will also be increased, with the threshold rising to $400,000