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Verification of Identity

Conveyancers are now required to hold, for each person they transact a matter for, proof of identity by way of a face-to-face in-person interview.   If this cannot be achieved, a client is required to attend in person at a participating Post Office who, for a fee, will perform the Identification Service and thereafter provide a Report.    The Report is retained by the Post Office for a period of 7 years and can be accessed whenever proof of identity is required.

First Home Buyers

For eligible transactions made after 1 January 2016, the grant amount is $10,000.

For eligible transactions made between 1 October 2012 and 31 December 2015, the grant amount is $15,000.00.

The Grant is to assist eligible first home owners to purchase a new home or build a home. 

First Home - New Home scheme

Provides eligible purchasers with exemptions from transfer duty on new homes valued to $550,000 and concessions for new homes valued between $550,000 and $650,000.   Eligible purchasers buying residential vacant land to build their home will pay no duty on vacant land valued up to $350,000 and will receive concessions for vacant land valued between $350,000 and $450,000

From 1 July 2012 there is a $5,000 grant available to purchasers of new homes and homes off the plan not exceeding $650,000 and vacant land (not exceeding $450,000) on which construction of a new home will commence within 6 months of settlement of purchase.  This grant is available to any entity and there is no restriction on the number of times a purchaser can apply for the grant.

Information on Government benefits can be found at

Swimming Pool Legislation

From 29 April 2013, property owners must register their swimming pool.   The web address to register is   Non registration attracts a penalty of $220.00.  It is now a requirement for all Vendors to include in a Contract for Sale either a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate or a Swimming Pool Certificate of Non-Compliance.