The simplified guide to WA stamp duty
Everything you need to know about how much stamp duty you'll pay when you buy a home in Western Australia.
Stamp duty is a tax charged by states and territories on the sale of assets such as vehicles and property. It can be a significant cost for most property buyers.
If you're buying a property in Western Australia, you'll likely need to factor stamp duty into the purchase price. You can read on below to find out how much stamp duty you're likely to pay, and see if there are concessions or exemptions available.
Find out how much stamp duty you'll pay using the calculator below.
What are the stamp duty rates in WA?
You can find the rates of duty in the table below.
General rates of duty paid in WA. For more information, visit the WA Department of Finance website.
|Dutiable value range||Duty payable|
|Up to $80,000||$1.90 per $100 or part thereof|
|$80,001 to $100,000||$1,520 plus $2.85 per $100 or part thereof above $80,000|
|$100,001 to $250,000||$2,090 plus $3.80 per $100 or part thereof above $100,000|
|$250,001 to $500,000||$7,790 plus $4.75 per $100 or part thereof above $250,000|
|$500,001 and above||$19,665 plus $5.15 per $100 or part thereof above $500,000|
Your stamp duty questions answered
- Who pays stamp duty? In WA, the purchaser of the property or the transferee is liable to pay stamp duty when the sale or transfer takes place.
- When is stamp duty paid? You must lodge your documents for assessment of stamp duty within two months of the liability arising when the property is purchased or transferred. After lodging the documents, stamp duty must be paid within one month.
- Am I exempt from paying stamp duty? First home buyers are exempt from having to pay a duty on any home purchase up to $430,000. Concessions are available on homes valued between $430,001 and $530,000. The home purchased must be used as a primary place of residence. The concession is $19.19 per $100 or part thereof above $430,000. Vacant land purchases are exempt from stamp duty for values up to $300,000. Concessions are available for land valued between $300,001 and $400,000.
The concessional rate for vacant land is $13.01 per $100 or part thereof above $300,000.
Exemptions are available for the transfer of family farms. Transfers between spouses or de facto partners of two years are also exempt.
- Can I apply for a refund if the sale transfer is cancelled? If your transaction is cancelled, you must apply for a refund of stamp duty within five years of the original assessment or 12 months after the day on which the agreement was cancelled.
- What other fees are associated with stamp duty? In addition to stamp duty, you may also have to pay mortgage registration and title transfer fees. The WA title transfer fee operates on a sliding scale determined by the value of the property you're purchasing. The mortgage registration fee is $164.
- How do I pay stamp duty? Payment can be made to the WA Office of State Revenue via credit card, BPAY, post or in person using cash or cheque.
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