NSW stamp duty calculator

Stamp duty, also known as land transfer duty, is a one-off tax paid upon purchasing a property in New South Wales. It's calculated against the market value of the property and is a sliding scale that increases with the property's value.
Our NSW stamp duty calculator will help you calculate potential stamp duty costs and other government fees on owner-occupied homes, and, as applies, First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme concession rates or eligibility for the First Home Buyer Choice program.
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If you're not sure if you count as a foreign owner, you can find the eligibility criteria listed in our FAQs, or on the NSW Government website.
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You may be eligible for the NSW First Home Buyer Choice scheme, which allows eligible home buyers to opt to pay land tax - a smaller, but ongoing payment - instead of the upfront cost of stamp duty. Learn more about government schemes for Australian home buyers.
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This calculator is only for owner-occupied properties. If you are buying an investment property, your stamp duty rates may differ. For foreign owners, there may also be other additional fees, on top of the surcharge here. Does not apply to vacant land.
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How is stamp duty calculated in NSW?

Stamp duty in NSW is calculated on a sliding scale according to your property purchase price.

Different rates may apply depending on your property type, whether you are a first home buyer, your purchase price, and other criteria.

For primary residence properties, the stamp duty rates are as follows:

Property value Stamp duty rate
$0 to $15,000 $1.25 for every $100, with $10 as a minimum
$15,000 to $32,000 $187 plus $1.50 for every $100 over $15,000
$32,000 to $87,000 $442 plus $1.75 for every $100 over $32,000
$87,000 to $327,000 $1,405 plus $3.50 for every $100 over $87,000
$327,000 to $1,089,000 $9,805 plus $4.50 for every $100 over $327,000
$1,089,000 to $3,268,000 $44,095 plus $5.50 for every $100 over $1,089,000
$3,268,000 and more $163,940 plus $7.00 for every $100 over $3,268,000

This table includes the premium rates for residential properties, but assumes that the property is not being used for business.

You may also be eligible for a stamp duty concession or exemption if you are a first home buyer, which may reduce these rates.

Are there other mandatory upfront fees for buying a house?

Yes, there are mandatory upfront fees other than stamp duty required when purchasing property in NSW.

Other NSW government fees include transfer fees and mortgage registration fees, which are shown in our calculator.

Other upfront fees may apply, such as title search fees. To find relevant fees for your state or territory, check out our deposit & upfront costs calculator.

What is the First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme?

Under the First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme, also known as FHBAS, the NSW government provides concessional stamp duty rates, and stamp duty exemptions.

To be eligible for the FHBAS, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a first home buyer (i.e. never been on title before). If you are buying with a partner, both of you must be first home buyers
  • Buying a new or existing home, or vacant land to build a home (our calculator only applies to homes, not land)
  • You, or your partner, must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • You must move into the home within 12 months of buying
  • You must live in the property for at least 6 months
  • For homes, the property must be less than $800,000
  • You must be over 18
  • You must never have used the FHBAS before

For properties under $650,000, you are fully exempt from stamp duty.

For properties between $650,000 and $800,000, you are entitled to a concessional rate of stamp duty, which you must apply for.

You can apply by filling out the following forms, and lodging them with your solicitor or conveyancer.

  1. First Home Buyers Assistance scheme application form and
  2. Purchaser/Transferee Declaration form (individual)

This differs from the NSW government's First Home Owner Grants (New Homes), which only applies to new homes, and is a $10,000 payment, rather than a concession.

What is First Home Buyer Choice?

The NSW First Home Buyer Choice scheme gives you the option to choose between paying stamp duty and an annual property tax (also called land tax). It is available for first home buyers in NSW who are purchasing properties under $1.5 million.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a first home buyer - i.e. you must never have been on title before. If you are buying with a partner, both of you must be first home buyers.
  • Buying a home valued at less than $1,500,000, or vacant land (for the purposes of building a home) worth $800,000
  • You, or your partner, must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • You must be over 18
  • You must have not previously received a first home buyer grant or duty concessions
  • You must move into the home within 12 months of buying
  • You must live in the property for at least 6 months
How do I calculate land tax in NSW?

To find the land tax for a property in NSW, follow these steps:

  1. Using this tool, look up the property you're looking for. You must have an address in mind.
  2. Then look up land value using the Valuer-General's land value search. Choose the most recent valuing year. If the property is an apartment, use the Strata Unit Land Value.
  3. Take the land value from this report and input it into the NSW Government's Land Tax Calculator.
What if I pay below market value for the property?

In NSW, stamp duty is calculated based on the dutiable value. This is the higher of the property’s sale price or its current market value.

Does the foreign owner surcharge apply to me?

In NSW, foreign property buyers need to pay an additional surcharge purchaser duty, which is on top of their stamp duty. Surcharge purchaser duty is calculated as 8% of the property value.

You are not considered a foreign owner if you are any of the following:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident who meets the residence requirements, i.e. 200 days in Australia in the 12 months prior to the contract date
  • a partner visa holder (subclass 309 or 820) who meets the resident requirements
  • an exempt permanent resident, who is not considered "ordinarily resident" but lives in the property as a primary place of residence, for 200 days after purchase, and is buying as an individual
  • a citizen of New Zealand, Finland, Germany, or South Africa purchasing residential property as an individual (i.e. not a trust)

If you are a foreign owner, please note that you may be subject to other costs, in addition to the stamp duty surcharge.

Disclaimer: Important information about our calculators

OwnHome Services Pty Ltd ACN 664 492 059 ABN 77 648 597 184. The calculator on this website is provided for your information only and is to illustrate scenarios. The calculator results are intended as a guide only and are an estimate or approximate guide only, based on the information you input. The calculator should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments.

The results should not be taken as a substitute for professional advice, and do not constitute professional advice. You should consider seeking independent legal, financial, taxation or other advice for your unique circumstances.

All reasonable care has been taken in preparing and designing the calculator; however, OwnHome Services Pty Ltd provides no warranties and makes no representation that the information provided by the calculator is correct, appropriate for your particular circumstances, or indicates you should follow a particular course of action. Calculations are for buying owner-occupied homes, and do not apply to land nor to investment properties. Other fees and charges may also apply.

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