Stamp duty in VIC is calculated on a sliding scale according to your property value.
For properties under $550,000, owner-occupied properties, also known as principal place of residence (PPR) properties, attract a different stamp duty rate.
For properties over $550,000, the general land transfer duty rates apply.
The table below shows the rates for owner-occupied properties, taking into account the PPR stamp duty rate.
The above will not apply for investment properties.
Yes, there are other upfront fees to consider when buying a home in Victoria. Other government fees may include mortgage registration fees and transfer fees, as shown in the calculator.
Other upfront fees may be needed, but are not mandated by the government, such as conveyancing or building & pest reports.
Yes, Victoria has a concession for first home buyers, which reduces the amount of stamp duty payable on homes costing less than $750,000. Under $600,000, the home is fully exempt from stamp duty. It applies to both existing and new homes.
It is calculated on a sliding scale, based on the property value.
The eligibility criteria are:
- You or your partner must not have already received the First Home Owner's Grant
- You and your partner must not have owned any other property in Australia, whether jointly or separately, prior to 1 July 2000
- You and your partner must not have lived in a home in Australia that either of you owned or part owned on or after 1 July 2000, for a period of at least six months.
- You or another applicant must fulfil the primary place of residence requirements
- You must be at least 18
- At least one purchaser must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen under a special category visa
- At least one purchaser must fulfil the residency requirement
Even if your partner is not applying with you, if they fail any of these criteria, you are no longer eligible.
This is not to be confused with the First Home Owner Grant, which is a separate program for new homes.
Foreign owners can only claim this concession if purchasing with a partner who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa. If the home is under $600,000, they are also exempt from the foreign purchaser additional duty. Otherwise, if the home is above $600,000, they still need to pay the additional duty.
Yes, Victoria has a foreign purchaser stamp duty. This is in addition to standard stamp duty rates. 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
- a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa.
If you are a foreign owner, please note that you may be subject to other costs, in addition to this stamp duty surcharge.
In Victoria, you may also be required to pay a transfer fee. This is not the same as stamp duty, but is also calculated according to your property value, and capped at $3,607.
Your property is your principal place of residence (PPR) if you intend to move in within 12 months of settlement, and live there as your primary home for one year.
If you are buying property with someone else, at least one of you must be living there as your primary home for the one year period.
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.
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