ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES,
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TERRITORIES
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
LABOR’S REGIONAL FIRST HOME BUYER SUPPORT SCHEME
Labor today announced the next part of our plan to tackle the housing crisis – the Regional First Home Buyer Support Scheme.
The Scheme will help 10,000 Australian families a year in regional areas to buy their first home.
This triples the number of places that Australians living in regional areas received last year under the current First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
It is harder to buy a house today than ever before.
Last year, housing prices in our capital cities rose by 21 per cent.
In the regions they jumped by 26 per cent.
In many parts of regional areas, the cost of buying a house increased by even more:
• 47.1 per cent in Wamberal on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
• 45.2 per cent in Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
• 35.7 per cent in Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales.
• 34.5 per cent in Torquay, Victoria.
• 33.3 per cent in Cessnock in the Hunter region of New South Wales.
• 40.3 per cent in Launceston, Tasmania.
• 30.4 per cent in Burnie, Tasmania.
Last week, Infrastructure Australia released a report that confirmed housing has been identified as the biggest infrastructure problem across regional Australia.
With house prices having skyrocketed and a sharp drop in affordability, regional first home buyers need and deserve their own dedicated scheme to support them to buy a home.
Labor’s Regional First Home Buyer Support Scheme will be reserved for Australians that have lived in that region for more than 12 months.
The Government’s own review of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation called for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to be expanded in the regions last year.
Labor’s Regional First Home Buyer Support Scheme will help first home buyers get into a house sooner with a deposit of just five per cent without the need to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance, saving up to $32,000. Government will provide a guarantee of up to 15 per cent of the value of the property purchased.
The eligible regions under Labor’s Regional First Home Buyer Support Scheme, local price caps and mortgage insurance savings are:
From Gosford to Gippsland to Gatton, from Broome to Burnie, this scheme is reserved for regional Australians.
An Albanese Labor Government will also improve the operation of the current scheme by reviewing and updating the price caps on a six-monthly basis and improving the process of reallocating unused guarantees.
FRIDAY, 25 MARCH 2022
MEDIA CONTACT: ARLEY BLACK (CLARE) 02 9790 2466