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First Home Buyers’ Support Schemes in Australia


  • Mardi Dungey
  • Graeme Wells
  • Sam Thompson


Government policy to encourage home ownership has a long history in Australia. In 1918, for example, the War Service Homes Act made provision for 45 year loans to ex‐service personnel to facilitate home purchase. Since then, home ownership has been encouraged by a variety of measures. A short and incomplete list includes the non‐taxation of imputed rent on owner‐occupied houses, exemption from capital gains tax, provision of incentives to financial institutions to finance construction of owner‐occupied homes, employer‐provided incentives for home ownership as part of salary packages, and schemes directed towards disadvantaged socio‐economic groups.
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  • Mardi Dungey & Graeme Wells & Sam Thompson, 2011. "First Home Buyers’ Support Schemes in Australia," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 44(4), pages 468-479, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecr:v:44:y:2011:i:4:p:468-479
    DOI: j.1467-8462.2011.00654.x

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    1. Yanotti, Maria Belen, 2013. "A review of the Australian mortgage market," Working Papers 2014-01, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, revised 01 Aug 2013.

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