Stamp Duty in New South Wales

You can’t be certain of anything in property development; except taxes. It comes in many forms; however, Stamp Duty seems to be a particular cause of confusion and stress for a majority of property purchasers.

In this article, we clear up the clutter so that you may better understand how much tax you are required to pay, how much concession or exemption you may be entitled to and when you are required to pay it.

What is Stamp Duty?

Stamp duty is a tax levied on property purchases. Each state and territory governs its own rates but the amount payable will be determined by the purchase price, location and purpose. Some states charge different rates on investment properties than on places of residence.

New South Wales

A sale or transfer of land, including improvements in NSW will incur a liability known as Transfer Duty (Stamp Duty).

The liability for duty arises, and is payable, from the moment the sale or transfer occurs. However, if the sale or transfer is affected by a written instrument (contract or agreement or transfer), liability arises when the instrument is first executed. Payees need to pay the duty within three months from the date of this liability.

Therefore, if the property is purchased off-the-plan, the transfer duty must be paid within three months from the date of acceptance – normally the signing of the agreement.

Purchasers eligible for the First Home Buyers Assistance scheme, may be granted exemptions or concessions on transfer duty. This includes vacant land on which you intend to build your first home.

The First Home Buyers Assistance (FHBA) scheme provides eligible purchasers with exemptions on transfer duty on new and existing homes valued up to $650,000 and concessions on duty for new and existing homes valued between $650,000 and $800,000.

Eligible purchasers buying a vacant block of residential land to build their home on will pay no duty on vacant land valued up to $350,000, and will receive concessions on duty for vacant land valued between $350,000 and $450,000.




As at 1st July 2017 the New South Wales government has made concessions for First Home Buyers of property purchases.

  • Stamp duty on all homes to a value of $650,000 has been abolished
  • Stamp duty relief has been offered on homes from $650,000 to $800,000
  • There is a $10,000 grant for builders of new homes up to $750,000 – and purchasers of new homes up to $600,000
  • Insurance duty on lenders’ mortgage insurance has been abolished
  • Foreign investors are now required to pay higher duties and land taxes
  • Investors cannot defer paying stamp duty on off-the-plan purchases

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Matrix Property Group notes new families moving to Central Coast


With housing affordability an ongoing issue in Sydney and median house prices now nudging $1.1m, more young couples and families are choosing to move to the Central Coast to get more “bang for their buck” and for the obvious lifestyle benefits of coastal living.

Many home buyers are simply giving up on Sydney and looking to other markets for a lifestyle change. The Central Coast remains popular due to its easy access to both Sydney and Newcastle for commuters” said Godfrey Franz of Matrix Property Group.

“The Central Coast still offers a range of large, well located land parcels that are sometimes already zoned for residential development,” said Mr Franz.

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Millennial Househunters lead new rush to the Coast


Desperate househunters who cannot afford Sydney’s skyrocketing prices are turning to the Central Coast, where they’re snapping up homes for half the price.

Experts say the lure of the beach is also encouraging millenials – otherwise known as Generation Y – to make the trek north.

“Sydneysiders are being pushed from Sydney by high house prices, but the Central Coast has a lifestyle pull factor,” demographer and social researcher Mark McCrindle said.

“(It’s) now being seen by this next generation – Generation Y – as a place to live, work and raise children, not just to holiday or retire.”

The Central Coast’s median house price is $550,000 – almost half Sydney’s $900,000 figure. ABS data shows the region has had the fourth-largest population growth in the state over the past year.

Central Coast agents say up to 60 per cent of buyers at open homes come from Sydney.

Reproduced in part from article by Jill Stevens of Sunday Telegraph 9.4.2017

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