Government Support for
Home Buyers

We’re proudly supporting the Australian Government’s Home Guarantee Scheme.

About the Scheme

The Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS or Scheme) is an Australian Government initiative to support eligible home buyers purchase a home sooner. The Scheme is administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) on behalf of the Australian Government.


Australian Military Bank is proud to be supporting the initiative and eligible home buyers to enter the property market.

First Home Guarantee

Family Home Guarantee

Allows eligible first home buyers to purchase a new or existing home with a deposit of as little as 5%.

Allows eligible single parents with at least one dependent to purchase a family home with a deposit of as little as 2%.

About the Process

Scheme eligibility

Not sure which Guarantee to apply for? Answer a few questions to find out which Guarantee you could apply for.

How does it work?

Under the Scheme, part of an eligible home buyer’s home loan from a Participating Lender will be guaranteed by NHFIC.

When is it available?

From 1 July 2022, 35,000 new places are available under the First Home Guarantee and 5,000 under the Family Home Guarantee.

Scheme Eligibility

To apply for the Scheme, you'll be subject to certain eligibility criteria. You need to be able to provide documentation of your eligibility to secure your position.


To make things easier, there is an an online tool available on the NHFIC website to help you to understand which Guarantee you may apply for.

Eligibility criteria include

Applicants must be either First Home Owners (First Home Guarantee) or eligible single parents with at least one dependent (Family Home Guarantee)

Individuals and must have earned less than $125,000 and couples less than $200,000 in the last financial year. Couples must be married or defacto (Family Home Guarantee applicants must be a single parent. A person is considered single if they don’t have a spouse and/or a de facto partner. Note: a person who is separated but not divorced is not considered single)

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and an Australian citizen.

There are property price caps which vary depending on the location in which you buy. You can work out your property price cap using NHFIC’s online tool Property Price Caps for the Home Guarantee Scheme (nhfic.gov.au)

Are you a member of the Australian Defence Force?

In addition to the Home Guarantee Scheme, you may be eligible for the DHOAS home loan subsidy.
Get in touch to talk to us about DHOAS or check out our DHOAS Home Loans.

Are you a first home buyer?

There are a number of initiatives that may benefit you in addition to the First Home Guarantee, you may be eligible for the First Home Owner Grant and Stamp Duty exemption.

Speak to us today so we can help you make the most of these initiatives depending on your circumstances.


LMI is a requirement for borrowers when their home loan deposit is less than 20% of their property’s purchase price. This is charged at the time of settlement and can be paid up front or capitalised onto the total loan amount (conditions apply).


Not all home loans are able to take the benefit of the Scheme. The Scheme is restricted to ‘Eligible Loans’, which are home loans:

  • made by a Participating Lender to
    (1) a single eligible first home buyer, or
    (2) a couple who are both eligible home buyers, and
  • that are for the purchase of an Eligible Property that is to be occupied by you as the owner, for as long as it is backed by the Scheme

In addition to these overarching eligibility requirements, the loans must:

  • be secured by a registered first ranking mortgage over the eligible property
  • have no other registered owners at the time of settlement other than the eligible borrower/s
  • have 100% of the loan drawdown proceeds used for the purchase (or towards the purchase and improvement) or construction of the eligible property
  • have a loan amount commitment not less than 80% and not more than 95% of the relevant Value of the property
  • have a loan term of 30 years or less
  • require regular repayments of principal (with limited exceptions for interest-only loans, which mainly relate to construction lending). Exception to this will be granted during the construction of a new dwelling, whereby lenders will be able to allow borrowers to make interest only repayments for the period in which the dwelling is being constructed until it can be occupied by the borrower.


For a property to be eligible for the Scheme it must:

  • be a ‘residential property’ – this term has a particular meaning under the Scheme, and you should ask your lender if there is any doubt
  • have a purchase price under the price cap for its location – click here to view the property price caps
  • be purchased by an eligible first home buyer under the Scheme (if applying for the First Home Guarantee)
  • at the settlement date for your home loan, you will be the sole registered owner/s of the property
  • be a property which is (1) an established dwelling, or (2) a new-build dwelling that is purchased under a house and land package, a land and separate contract to build a home or an ‘off-the-plan’ arrangement that is financed under an Eligible Loan from a participating lender

​For more information, visit: https://www.nhfic.gov.au/eligibility/

Applications are subject the banks normal lending criteria. Fees charges and lending criteria apply and will be included with our loan offer. A Financial Services Guide (FSG) is available at all Branches, on our website and upon request.

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