I have finally had it in written confirmation from Revenue SA as to when the 12 months start for the First Home Owners Grants to be backdated for temporary residents.
Thanks to Shaun Wilson on here for pointing it out on new builds as there has been some conflicting information given out.
Below is my question and there answer:
If I am a temporary resident at the date of purchase of an established property or new build, what period of time do I have to obtain permanent residence to be eligible for the FHOG to be backdated?
If you purchase an established home, you must apply for the FHOG within 12 months of settlement. If you build, you must apply within 12 months of completion. In all cases you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of applying.
This could be great news for temporary residents building as effectively if it takes 12 months to build your home from purchasing land and then you have a further 12 months to apply after completion there is a period of 2 years from deciding to build a home to applying for the Grants and in some cases this fits in with how long you need to be on a temporary visa before applying for permanent residence.
It might help a few who have bought established but not a great deal I don't suppose seeing as the whole process for buying an established can take from only 3 - 6 weeks.