What is the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme?
First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is Australian Government initiative, administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation. The Scheme aims to support eligible first home buyers purchase their first home sooner.
First home buyers with less 20 percent deposit, may have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), but under this scheme they can buy a house with atleast 5 percent deposit depending upon the lender. 15 percent of the property price is guaranteed by NHFIC.
How does the Scheme work?
Eligible first home buyers are able to apply for an eligible loan to purchase an eligible property through a participating lender. The Scheme supports up to 10,000 guaranteed loans per financial year.
Eligible borrowers can use the guarantee in conjunction with other government programs like the First Home Super Saver Scheme, HomeBuilder grant or state and territory first home owner grants and stamp duty concessions.
The guarantee is not a cash payment or a deposit for your home loan.
What type of property can be bought?
For a property to be eligible it must be a ‘residential property’ – this term has a particular meaning under the Scheme, and participating lenders can assist if there is any doubt. Eligible residential properties include:
- an existing house, townhouse or apartment
- a house and land package
- land and a separate contract to build a home
- an off-the-plan apartment or townhouse. Specific dates and requirements apply for the different property types
Who is eligible for the Scheme?
- Australian citizens who are at least 18 years of age. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- Single applicants with a taxable income of up to $125,000 per annum for the previous financial year and couples with a taxable income of up to $200,000 per annum for the previous financial year. For all Scheme applications made from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, the relevant financial year assessed will be 2019-20.
- Couples are only eligible for the Scheme if they are married or in a de-facto relationship with each other. Other persons buying together, including siblings, parent/child or friends, are not eligible for the Scheme.
- The Scheme assists single (individual) applicants and couples (together) who have at least 5 per cent of the value of an eligible property saved as a deposit. If 20 per cent or more is saved, then the home loan will not be covered by the Scheme.
- Loans under the Scheme require scheduled repayments of the principal and interest of the loan for the full period of the agreement (with limited exceptions for interest-only loans, which mainly relate to construction lending).
- Applicants must intend to be owner-occupiers of the purchased property. Investment properties are not supported by the Scheme.
- Applicants must be first home buyers who have not previously owned, or had an interest in, a property in Australia, either separately or jointly with someone else (this includes residential strata and company title properties).
List of First Home Loan Deposit Scheme Lenders
There are currently 27 lenders appointed by National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation that will offer guarantees under the Scheme.
- National Australia Bank
- Commonwealth Bank
- Australia Military Bank
- Auswide Bank
- Bank Australia
- Bank First
- Bank of Heritage Isle
- Bank of us
- Bendigo Bank
- Beyond Bank Australia
- Border Bank
- Community First Credit Union
- Defense Bank
- Endeavour Mutual Bank
- Firefighters Mutual Bank
- Gateway Bank
- G&C Mutual Bank
- Health Professionals Bank
- Indigenous Business Australia
- People’s Choice Credit Union
- Police Bank
- P&N Bank
- Queensland Country Bank
- Regional Australia Bank
- Sydney Mutual Bank
- Teachers Mutual Bank
- The Mutual Bank