Jan 13, 2020 10:39:00 AM

First Home Owners Deposit Scheme – All You Need to Know

Topics: Mortgage Broker, First Home Buyer, Home Loan Rates, Home Loans 0

On 1 January 2020, the Australian Government’s First Home Owners Deposit Scheme kicked off and already hundreds of Aussies have signed up to the scheme. Aimed at supporting eligible first home buyers purchase a home sooner, the scheme allows first home buyers to put down just five per cent deposit, with the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) guaranteeing the rest of what would normally be a 20 per cent deposit. Here’s all you need to know.


Are you eligible?

Those applying for the loans will need to meet certain eligibility criteria. You must:

  • Earn under $125,000 a year for singles and $200,000 for couples.
  • Intend to live in the home (investment properties aren't supported).
  • Not have owned or had a share in property previously.

To help first home buyers find out if they meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria, the NHFIC has developed a tool – you can click here to view the tool. 

How much can you borrow?

There are limits to how much Australians can borrow under the scheme and these vary by state and region:


Sydney, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra: $700,000

Rest of the state: $450,000


Melbourne, Geelong: $600,000

Rest of the state: $375,000


Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast: $475,000

Rest of the state: $400,000 


Perth: $400,000

Rest of the state: $300,000


Adelaide: $400,000

Rest of the state: $250,000


Hobart: $400,000

Rest of the state: $300,000





How do you apply?

Currently, NAB and Commonwealth offer loans but a further 25 non-major lenders, including Bendigo Bank, CUA and Bank Australia, will begin offering loans from February 1.

All participating lenders are supporting the scheme by not charging eligible customers higher interest rates than equivalent customers outside the scheme.

If you have questions about the First Home Owners Deposit Scheme or you’d like help checking your eligibility, contact a Mortgage Express broker today. Simply complete this online form and one of our brokers in your area will be in touch to discuss further.


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