Stamp duty in WA is calculated on a sliding scale according to your property value.
For properties under $200,000, a concessional rate applies to properties that are either owner-occupied or business assets.
The table below shows the rates for owner-occupied properties, taking into account this concessional rate.
The above will not apply for investment properties. If you are a first home buyer, you may be eligible for additional concessions.
The government charges additional fees for land purchases and mortgages.
Transfer registration fees, also known as transfer fees, are charged for registering your interest in the property. In WA, they are calculated according to your property value.
Mortgage registration fees are also necessary if you are buying using a home loan. This is a flat fee, which is $203 for the 2023-24 financial year.
Yes, in WA, if you are a first home buyer, you may be eligible for the First Home Owner Rate, which reduces the amount of stamp duty payable on your home, for properties up to $530,000 in value.
Under $430,000, the home is fully exempt from stamp duty. It applies to both existing and new homes.
Between $430,000 and $530,000, a concessional rate of duty applies.
The eligibility criteria are:
- You and any co-applicants must be a natural person (i.e. you cannot be buying using a company or trust)
- You and any co-applicants must be 18 or older
- You and/or your partner must not have already received the First Home Owner's Grant or the First Home Owner's Rate.
- You and your partner must not have owned any other residential property in Australia prior to 1 July 2000
- You and your partner must not have owned any property that you used a primary place of residence in Australia prior to 1 July 2004
- You and your partner must move in within 12 months of the purchase, and live there for a continuous period of at least 6 months.
- You or another applicant must fulfil the primary place of residence requirements
Foreign owners may be eligible for this concessional rate, but they will still need to pay the foreign owner surcharge.
Different rates apply to vacant land.
Yes, Western Australia has a foreign purchaser duty surcharge. This is in addition to standard stamp duty rates. This foreign owner surcharge is calculated as 7% 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.
In WA, if you are a foreign owner jointly purchasing with your non-foreign owner partner, you are still required to pay the 7% surcharge on your part of the property.
Please note that you may be subject to other costs, in addition to this duty surcharge.
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