First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme allows eligible first home buyers to secure a loan with a deposit as low as 5% and buy property sooner without the extra costs under a special Government guarantee.

Buy your first home sooner

Buying a first home can be daunting. From saving for a house deposit, to searching for the perfect property, it can be a significant life event. The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is an Australian Government initiative to support eligible first home buyers purchase their first home sooner.

New vs Existing Homes

In the 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced an additional 10,000 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme places for the 2020-21 financial year, specifically for eligible first home buyers building or purchasing new homes. These additional places are known as the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (New Homes) or FHLDS (New Homes).

If you are buying a new home, you may be eligible for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (New Homes). Check your eligibility with NHFIC.

If you are buying an existing home, enquire with our home loan specialists to find out what support is available.

Register now

Applications are now open for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (New Homes). Fill out the form below and a Home Loan Specialist will contact you to discuss the application process.

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How does the Scheme help me?

  • Simply put, the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is designed to assist an eligible first home buyer to purchase a house with as little as a 5% deposit1.
  • If approved, NHFIC may provide a government loan guarantee of up to 15% of the property’s value. This means eligible borrowers could get a loan faster and avoid having to pay for lenders' mortgage insurance (LMI) which is usually required on loans taken out with a deposit below 20% of the properties value.
  • You may still need to borrow up to 95% of the properties value2, but you are able to avoid paying additional LMI.
  • The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is limited to 10,000 guarantees each financial year and the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (New Homes) is limited to 10,000 guarantees for the 2020-21 financial year only3. Register your interest with Regional Australia Bank by completing the online form or give us a call.

Start your home buying journey now

To help you get started, we've introduced a special home loan package which can only be used as part of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

  • Exclusive for eligible first time buyers
  • $0 monthly fees, $0 annual fees
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Support from local dedicated home loan experts

How to check your eligibility

To apply for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, you'll be subject to NHFIC's eligibility criteria. You should consider whether your personal circumstances satisfy the following;

  • It's only available to first home buyers, so you, and your spouse/partner, can’t have owned property in Australia before.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and be an Australian citizen. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Only singles with a taxable income of up to $125,000 per annum and couples with a combined taxable income of up to $200,000 per annum may be eligible.
  • Couples are only eligible for the scheme if they are purchasing the property with their spouse or de facto partner. Other persons buying together, including siblings, parent/child or friends, are not eligible.
  • Your maximum property purchase price is dependent on the suburb and postcode of your new property. Check your property’s suburb and postcode using NHFICs online property price threshold tool to find out your area’s property price threshold.
  • Applicants must have a deposit of between 5% and 20% of the property’s value.
  • You must live in the property after you’ve purchased it – as the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is only available to owner-occupiers.
  • You can only receive the Government Deposit Guarantee once.

Download the FHLDS (New Homes) Fact Sheet (PDF, 1MB)
Download the FHLDS (New Homes) Scheme information guide (PDF, 1MB)
Download the FHLDS fact sheet (PDF, 1MB)
Download the FHLDS Scheme Information Guide (PDF, 3MB)


How to apply for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

Check your eligibility

Check whether you meet the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme’s eligibility criteria set by the NHFIC. Single applicants and those applying as a couple can check their eligibility by using the NHFIC’s Scheme eligibility tool.

Contact us to secure your spot

If you think you're eligible, contact Regional Australia Bank, as an approved NHFIC lender, to take out a loan.

Buy your home

We'll step through the application process with you and if approved, will organise the loan, and the government will act as your guarantor.

Move in!

Get packing to move in to your new home within 90 days of settlement.

Additional Grants and Concessions for First Home Buyers

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme could make owning your first home more achievable, however it’s important to consider how a smaller initial house deposit may impact your repayments in the long run. The good news is that there are also alternatives to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which could still pave the way for home ownership.

HomeBuilder Grant

On 4 June 2020 the Australian Government announced HomeBuilder to provide eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home, substantially renovate an existing home or buy an off the plan home/new home. The eligible contract must be signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive).

Visit the HomeBuilder website to find out more.

Stamp duty concessions

Most State and Territory governments provide stamp duty concessions to first home buyers and sometimes waive the need to pay stamp duty altogether. Whether you’re purchasing an investment property or a principal place of residence are all taken into account. Since stamp duty can add another 3-5% to the purchase price, this is a real help. Depending on your state or territory, you may be eligible for concessions as a first home buyer.

The First Home Super Saver Scheme

If you’re a first home buyer, you may be eligible to withdraw voluntary super contributions you’ve made to put toward a home deposit. Under the First Home Super Saver Scheme, first home buyers, who make voluntary super contributions of up to $15,000 per financial year into their super, can withdraw these amounts (in addition to associated earnings / less tax) from their super fund to help with a deposit on their first home.

Visit the ATO website for more information.

First Home Owners Grant

If you’re a first home buyer and you’re buying or building a new home, you may qualify for a $10,000 grant under the First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) scheme if you purchase date was on or after 1 January 2016. This is a one-off payment for eligible first home buyers who purchase or build a residential property to live in.

Visit the First Home Owners Grant website to find out more.

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Want to know more about home loans?

We know the home loan process can be confusing at times, but at Regional Australia Bank we like to make the complex, simple.

We've simplified and compiled a list of questions we frequently get asked about, such as "How much deposit do I need?" or "What's the difference between a variable and fixed rate?"

Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

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Speak to us and discover how we make purchasing your first home easy.

Why buy your home with Regional Australia Bank?

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