Extension to HomeBuilder Grant 

To provide certainty and confidence to Victorian HomeBuilder participants, the construction commencement timeframe will be extended to six months given the unique COVID-19 restrictions throughout the state.

To be eligible for HomeBuilder, construction must commence within three months of an eligible building contract being signed.

An important measure included in HomeBuilder’s design allows states and territories to extend this timeframe, by up to three months, where commencement is delayed due to unforeseen factors outside the control of the parties of the contract.

About HomeBuilder

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.

While the eligible contract must be signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive), construction need not commence prior to 31 December 2020. However, it must commence within three months of the contract date and construction cannot have commenced before 4 June 2020.

Three month extension for construction commencement in Victoria

In light of the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne (effective from 2 August 2020) and Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria (effective from 5 August 2020), the Commissioner of State Revenue will exercise his discretion under the National Partnership Agreement to provide a blanket extension of 3 months to the construction commencement requirement for the HomeBuilder Grant. This means that all applicants for the HomeBuilder Grant in Victoria have 6 months from the signing of the eligible HomeBuilder contract, to commence construction. The Commissioner does not have discretion to grant any extensions beyond this additional 3 month extension.

For further information please visit the following webiste, https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/homebuilder-grant-guidelines