Stamp duty Victoria
Find out your stamp duty costs when buying property in Victoria, use our calculator and see if you can get an exemption or concession.
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In Victoria, you will pay stamp duty, also known as land transfer duty, when you purchase a home or investment property. It can costs tens of thousands of dollars, but there are concessions and exemptions to help keep costs down for first home buyers.
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How is stamp duty calculated in Victoria?
Many would-be homebuyers don't realise that they'll have to pay stamp duty, and it's a rude shock to realise that your dream of owning your own home might be put on the back burner due to a tax you didn't even know about.
Stamp duty isn't cheap, either – it's one of the biggest sources of income for each state and territory government. For this reason, buying a home in Victoria could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in land transfer duties.
The amount of duty payable is calculated on a sliding scale, starting at 1.4% for properties whose dutiable value is $25,000, and going up to 5.5% for properties with a dutiable value of $960,000 and above.
The dutiable value of the home is the greater of either the purchase price (including any non-monetary obligations) or the home's value on the open market.
|Dutiable value range||Duty payable|
|Up to $25,000||1.4% of the dutiable value of the property|
|$25,001 to $130,000||$350 plus 2.4% of the dutiable value in excess of $25,000|
|$130,001 to $960,000||$2,870 plus 6% of the dutiable value in excess of $130,000|
|$960,001 and above||5.5% of the dutiable value|
Figures correct at the time of publication and subject to change. Source: State Revenue Office of Victoria
Rates may vary depending on:
- Whether you’re a foreign buyer or an Australian resident
- Whether you’re a first home buyer or not
- Whether it’s going to be your primary residence or an investment property
- Whether you’re buying land or an existing dwelling
- Whether you’re buying the property or taking possession of it in another way (e.g. receiving it as a gift, inheriting the property)
- Any other exemptions and concessions you’re entitled to, such as for pensioners
You can use a stamp duty calculator to estimate how much duty may be payable.
VIC stamp duty calculator
Use this calculator to get an estimate of your stamp duty costs on a property in Victoria. Select VIC in the input box to ensure you get the right calculation.
Are there stamp duty concessions for first home buyers in Victoria?
There’s a range of land transfer duty concessions and complete exemptions that are available.
Ongoing stamp duty exemption for first home buyers
On an ongoing basis, first home buyers in Victoria may be exempt from stamp duty on eligible purchases.
You, and your partner if applicable, must both qualify as first home buyers and be Australian citizens or permanent residents. New Zealanders on a special category visa are also eligible.
The full exemption only applies to homes with a dutiable value up to $600,000. For homes valued at $600,000 to $750,000, you can still get a partial exemption.
You must be buying your principal place of residence, so the discount is not available on investment purchases. This means you need to live in it for at least 12 continuous months, starting within 12 months of taking possession.
Here are some examples of how the Victorian stamp duty concession can help you reduce your stamp duty costs:
|Purchase price||First Home – New Home Duty|
Stamp duty is subject to changes so please use the above as a guide only.
Are there any other stamp duty concessions or exemptions in Victoria?
Land transfer duties are also exempt for:
- Land transfers from deceased persons to their beneficiaries
- Transfers between spouses and partners, including transfers after breakups, such as part of a divorce settlement
- Certain corporate consolidations or reconstructions
Other concessions include:
- Off-the-plan purchase concessions
- Pensioner duty exemptions or concessions
- Charity and friendly society concessions
- Young farmer exemptions or concessions
Learn more about each exemption:
How do I claim a Victorian stamp duty concession or exemption?
You can apply for an exception or concession through Victoria’s State Revenue Office.
How and when do I have to pay stamp duty?
You must complete a Digital Duties Form online to pay your land transfer duty. You can do this as a homebuyer, or your conveyancer will do it for you. You will need to register online and verify your identity.
The State Revenue Office of Victoria recommends that you complete the form and payment "at least 30 days before settlement."
This means you must have saved your stamp duty and have the funds ready to pay for it at around the same time that you save your deposit. You can not add the cost of stamp duty to your home loan.
Do I have to pay stamp duty upfront or can I pay it in instalments?
You're generally better off paying your land transfer duty upfront if you can. It is possible to set up a payment plan lasting up to 12 months, but you will be charged interest at the "market rate" plus 8%. That's a hefty rate and could see you pay a significant amount of interest.
For instance, your stamp duty bill could have an interest rate attached to it valued at around 4%. Add on the 8% margin and that's 12% interest. On stamp duty of $15,000, this would add $1,800 to your stamp duty bill.
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