First home super saver (FHSS) scheme

If you’re considering purchasing your first home, you may be able to withdraw some of your personal super contributions to put towards a deposit.

Potential benefits

Considerations

To be eligible for the FHSS you need to be 18 years or over, never have owned a property in Australia previously, not be using FHSS to purchase another property and never have requested the release of FHSS funds to purchase a home before.

The most you can apply to release under the FHSS scheme is $15,000 of your personal super contributions from any one financial year, up to a maximum of $30,000 contributions per person (a combined amount of $60,000 per couple) over all financial years.

Once you withdraw your deposit, you’ll need to sign a contract of purchase or construct a home within 12 months, otherwise you may by liable for FHSS tax of 20%.

You must purchase a residential property, you cannot use the FHSS to purchase a houseboat, motor home, vacant land (unless you’re building on it) or any other form of property not able to be occupied as a residence.

Using your super account to save for a home deposit is an alternative to using a bank account to save for your first home. If you change your mind, your savings will remain in your super account and go towards growing your retirement savings.

Before and after-tax contributions limits apply.

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