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Your commonly asked questions answered.

Government Grants

  • What is the HomeBuilder grant being offered by the Federal Government?

    The Australian Government’s HomeBuilder grant of $25,000 is available to eligible owner-occupiers who enter into a contract to build a new home, substantially renovate an existing home, or purchase a new home off-the-plan as their principal place of residence.

    The HomeBuilder grant is administered by RevenueWA, with funding provided by the Australian Government.

    Construction must commence within three months of the contract date. In certain circumstances this requirement may be extended by up to three months if commencement is delayed due to unforeseen factors outside the control of the parties.

    To qualify for the grant, the contract must be entered into between 4 June, 2020 and 31 December, 2020 (inclusive).

  • What is the Building Bonus grant being offered by the WA Government?

    The Western Australian Government’s Building Bonus grant of $20,000 is available to eligible applicants who enter into a contract to build a new home on vacant land or enter into an off-the-plan sales contract to purchase a new home as part of a single-tier development on a strata plan or other land survey type.

    Construction must commence within six months of the contract date. Construction commences when significant earthworks, excavations or physical building works commence.

    To qualify for the grant, the contract must be entered into between 4 June, 2020 and 31 December, 2020 (inclusive).

  • Who is eligible for the $20,000 Building Bonus grant?

    You may be eligible for the $20,000 Building Bonus grant if you enter into either:

    • a comprehensive home building contract to build a new home on vacant land or
    • an off-the-plan sales contract to purchase a new home in a single-tier development on a strata plan or other land survey type

    To qualify for the grant, the contract must be entered into between 4 June, 2020 and 31 December, 2020 (inclusive).


    New detached home on vacant land

    One grant will be paid in relation to each lot of vacant land, regardless of how many homes will be built on the land.

    New home on single-tier strata plan

    One grant will be paid in relation to each home. You may be eligible to receive the grant for each contract you enter into.

    This grant does not apply to multi-tier developments or refurbished developments, including those where the original property is extended or renovated.

    A single tier scheme is one where the lots or any part of the lots in the scheme are not above or below another lot. The houses can be either detached or non-detached.

    The Building Bonus grant is not means-tested and there is no cap on the property value.

    To qualify for the grant, the contract must be entered into between 4 June, 2020 and 31 December, 2020 (inclusive) and construction must commence within six months of the contract date.

    If you meet the above criteria:

    • Apply for the grant when the foundations have been laid but no later than 30 June, 2021.
    • If there is a home to be demolished, then apply once demolition has been completed and the foundations have been laid.
  • Who is eligible for the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant?

    You may be eligible for the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant if you enter into:

    • a comprehensive home building contract to build a new home as your principal place of residence if the value of the house and land does not exceed $750,000
    • an off-the-plan sales contract to purchase a new home as your principal place of residence if the contract price does not exceed $750,000. Construction can have commenced before the date of the contract as long as the commencement is on or after 4 June, 2020
    • a contract with a registered builder to substantially renovate your principal place of residence if the renovation contract is between $150,000 and $750,000, and the value of your existing house and land does not exceed $1.5 million.

    For information on what is a substantial renovation, see the Australian Government website at https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/homebuilder

    Everyone whose name is or will be on the certificate of title for the property must be an applicant for the grant and must be

    • a natural person (not a company or trust)
    • aged 18 years or older and
    • an Australian citizen.

    Applicants must not exceed the income cap of

    • $125,000 per annum for an individual based on either your 2018-19 or 2019-20 taxable income, as shown on your notice of assessment issued by the Australian Taxation Office or
    • $200,000 per annum for a couple based on either your combined 2018-19 or 2019-20 taxable income, as shown on your notice of assessment issued by the Australian Taxation Office.

    To qualify for the grant, the contract must be entered into between 4 June, 2020 and 31 December, 2020 (inclusive) and construction must commence within three months of the contract date.

    In certain circumstances this requirement may be extended by up to three months if commencement is delayed due to unforeseen factors outside the control of the parties.

    For a comprehensive home building contract or an off-the-plan sales contract, construction commences when significant earthworks, excavations or physical building works commence.

    For renovations, construction commences when work under the renovation contract commences.

  • When do I apply for the HomeBuilder and Building Bonus grants?

    You can apply for the HomeBuilder and Building Bonus grants once you have entered into an eligible contract and have all of the required supporting documentation.

    A full list of supporting documents you must attach to your application is provided in Part G of this form.

    What to do?

    • Determine if you are eligible to apply for the grant(s).
    • Complete the parts of this application indicated as relevant to your circumstances.
    • Take note of when you should submit your application depending on your grant and contract type.
    • Submit all documents, including this form, to RevenueWA.

    Building Bonus grant

    • Apply when the foundations have been laid but no later than 30 June 2021.
    • If there is a home to be demolished, then apply once demolition has been completed and the foundations have been laid.

    HomeBuilder grant

    • Applications must be received by no later than 31 December 2020.
    • For new home builds, apply when the foundations have been laid.
    • For renovations, apply when you have evidence showing payments of at least $150,000 of the contract price have been made to the builder.
  • How do I apply for the grants?

    Submit the form saved here and all supporting documents via a web enquiry or by mail to:

    RevenueWA
    GPO Box T1600
    Perth WA 6845

  • How long will it take for my application to be processed?

    The fastest way to have your application processed is to provide all necessary supporting documentation at the time you lodge your application.

    Your supporting documents need to demonstrate that you meet all eligibility criteria. The time it takes each Revenue Office to process your claim will also depend on the volume of applications received.

  • When will the grants be paid?

    Payment of the HomeBuilder grant depends on whether your application relates to a new build, substantial renovation or off-the plan / new home purchase:

    • New builds – grants will be paid after construction has commenced and the first progress payment has been made to your builder.
    • Substantial renovations – grants will be paid after construction has commenced and at least $150,000 of the contract price has been paid in respect of the renovation.
    • For off-the-plan / new home purchases – grants will be paid after the applicant(s) name is registered on title.

    Payment of the Building Bonus grant will be paid after construction has commenced and the first progress payment has been made to your builder.

  • Can a person get a Building Bonus grant, a HomeBuilder grant, a First Homebuyers Grant and the first home buyer transfer duty concession?

    Eligible first homebuyers will be able to access both State and Australian Government grants, the existing $10,000 First Home Owner Grant, meaning potentially up to $55,000 could be provided to WA first homebuyers.

  • Can I use the grants towards my deposit?

    You can use the $10,000 First Home Owners Grant towards your deposit, however the Homebuilder and Building Bonus grants are paid when construction commences on your new home.

    This includes when significant earthworks, excavations or physical building works commence.

  • What if I signed a contract prior to June 4, 2020 – am I still eligible?

    Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the HomeBuilder and Building Bonus grants as they are only available to those who sign a contract between June 4, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

  • How do I apply for the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) ?

    If you're applying for a loan from a financial institution and your lender is an approved agent, they can process the application of your First Home Owners Grant for you.

    Contact your lender to find out if they are an approved agent. You may receive your grant and approval for the first home owner rate of duty earlier than if you were to apply directly through us.

    Complete an application form and submit it in person or by mail to us if:

    • Your lender is not an approved agent
    • You do not wish to lodge your application through your lender or;

    You are not obtaining finance for your home purchase

  • Is my builder liable if they don’t get my house to site in time for me to receive the grants?

    The Builder nor its employees or agents are liable for the owner failing to be eligible for, or receive any government grants, concessions or rebates of any kind whether offered by the state or federal government.

  • What involvement does my builder have with my eligibility of the grants?

    The Builder is not involved with your eligibility for the grants. The grants are applied for separately to your building contract and if you meet the selection criteria, the grants are paid and administered by RevenueWA.

Build

  • How do I get started?

    Building your very own brand new home is an exciting decision. There is no one set way to start the journey, maybe you want to demo your exiting home, you have a block and are looking for home design, or you need house and land, we are with you every step of the way. Check out our stunning display homes and home designs, or come visit us at The Style Studio in Myaree and experience the latest in home design and style for yourself.

  • How long will it take?

    Each build journey with Summit Homes is different, as we tailor everything specifically to your needs. Your new home consultant will be able to provide you with an accurate timeframe. Plus, with our @Home Portal, you will always be kept up to date with your build process, letting you know what to expect and when.

  • What if I can’t find a design that suits my needs?

    At Summit Homes, we pride ourselves on our talented in-house design team, who are constantly working on innovative and stunning home designs. If you can’t find a design that suits your needs, your new home consultant and one of our design team will be able to provide a customised a design to suit you.

  • When does prestart take place?

    Prestart takes place after you’ve chosen your home design, bought your block of land and your contracts are signed.

  • What is involved in prestart?

    Prestart involves selecting all fittings, finishes, colours and materials for your future home. It is the chance for you to ensure your own flare is reflected in the interior design. Electrical plans will be finalised, you will choose your plumbing and go through all the plans with your client administrator. When you build with Summit Homes, you will be able to experience prestart in The Style Studio in Myaree or at our Busselton hub. You can also visit the studio as many times as you wish prior to and after prestart.

  • How will I know what the next stage of construction is?

    Your @Home Portal will keep you up to date with your build in real time. You will also receive regular photos and updates from your site supervisor throughout the build. You will also have direct access to site supervisor throughout the build, so you can contact them at any time if you have any questions.

  • What is PCI?

    PCI stands for Practical Completion Inspection. This is when your Site Supervisor will reveal your finished home and go through with you room by room to ensure everything is the way you want it. If there are any items that require attention, your Supervisor will note this down and action it.

  • Where can I see your display homes?

    We have a range of striking display homes located across Perth Metro and the South West. Each display home has been carefully designed to reflect the latest in innovative construction methods and home design, and will offer a world of inspiration.

Renovate

  • How do I start?

    Maybe you need more space for your growing family, or just want to update the look and feel of your home. The possibilities are endless when it comes to renovating. Start by creating your own mood board or inspiration board, writing your wish list of things you would like to change in your home. This should help to provide clarity and outline what key areas need improving on. If you need more help, our talented designers offer free consultations to help you decide what options are best for your home improvement.

  • How long will it take and how much will it cost?

    Each renovation journey is different, as they are tailored specifically to your needs and budget. Once you have met with your designer and plans have been drawn, we will provide a fixed price and timeline for the project so you know exactly what the cost and timeframes are.

  • What is a second storey extension and will it fit my home?

    If you are looking for more space but don’t have extra room on your block, a second storey extension can be a great option. Our experienced designers can custom a design to suit your existing home. A second storey extension can be anything you want – the ultimate parent’s retreat, an extra room to take advantage of your view, a children’s wing and more!

  • How long does it take to install?

    Depending on the location and plan of your existing home, we build your second storey extension either on site at your home or off-site in our local Myaree factory. It only takes a few hours to install, with your staircase and service connections finished within weeks so you can enjoy your new home sooner!

  • Can I live in my home while it is being renovated?

    Depending on your project and timeframe, there is the option for you to stay in your home while it is being renovated. Your designer will be able to provide some information on what will be best for you, your family and your project.

  • What about Council approval?

    At Summit Homes, we offer the complete home renovation process. This means we cover everything, from concept to council approvals to construction. 

  • Should I renovate my home or demolish it and build a new home?

    If you love your suburb but not your home, it can be tricky to decide what your best option is. At Summit Homes, we offer both renovations and the option to demo and rebuild. This decision is ultimately up to you, your lifestyle needs and budget. One of our consultants will be more than happy to provide some information on what options would work best for you.

Develop

  • What council approval is required for a development?

    As a general rule, most rear developments require a Development Approval (DA). Our Senior Development Consultants are trained accordingly to have full knowledge of Town Planning Codes and Polices to ensure that any designs recommended to you would comply with the DA.

  • Can I build multiple dwellings on my existing lot?

    This can depend on a number of factors, including the size, location and zoning of your block. Your Senior Development Consultant will be able to provide more information and a recommendation as to how you can maximise the potential of you block.

  • How much does a subdivision cost?

    With every development, the following costs must be considered:

    • Construction of houses
    • Site costs (associated with subdivision and infrastructure)
    • Development costs and government fees
    • Finishing costs

    As every development is unique, costs vary depending on the number of dwellings being built. Your Senior Development Consultant will be able to provide detailed costing and timeframe once your plans are finalised.

  • I have a large block - can I build at the back of my property?

    To determine the strata development potential of your block, you must determine the lot size and zoning. You can get this from your local council/government. This will give you an idea of whether subdivision is possible, as well as the minimum lot size needed and proposed subdivision boundaries. You will also need to investigate if there are any restrictions placed on the Certificate of Title, which may limit any subdivision potential.

  • I have seen a display home I like; will it fit onto my lot?

    Unfortunately most display homes are designed to suit street front lots and they rarely comply with rear strata policies. Summit Homes have designed a striking range of homes to suit rear lots. However, our in-house design team can incorporate some of the display features you love into your design, or tailor a design specifically to your needs.

  • Do I have to choose a plan that has been specifically designed for rear strata/strata lots?

    Choosing a strata design will save you time and money down the track, as these homes comply with certain design codes and have been specifically designed to make the most of popular in-fill strata blocks. Many other standard home designs will not comply with the codes and requirements of strata blocks.

Granny Flats

  • Do I have enough room for a granny flat?

    Whether you need a teen scene, a pool house, or room for extra family members, we have a stunning range of granny flat designs to suit a variety of block sizes. Our designs start from 40 square metres and can be as large as 100 square metres. We also offer custom designs to suit you and your block.

  • Do I need council approval?

    Yes, this is something Summit Homes will take care of, ensuring all council approvals are managed efficiently.

  • How long will it take and what does it cost?

    Each journey and timeframe is different, as each granny flat we build is tailored to suit your needs and your block. Once you have sat down with your consultant, chosen a design for your block and gone through the finer details, you will be provided with more accurate details on costing a timeframes.

  • My block shape is irregular – is it still possible to build a granny flat?

    We offer custom design granny flats to suit your lifestyle needs and block requirements/shape. If you are unsure, our dedicated consultant will be able to visit your site and provide some more information.

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