ACT Government calls for home conveyance duty to be scrapped

ACT Government calls for home conveyance duty to be scrapped
ACT Government calls for home conveyance duty to be scrapped

The ACT Government has recommitted to its long term plan to abolish conveyance duty paid on homes.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, in the submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into Home Ownership, highlighted taxes as one of the key issues. 

"We consider that competition in demand for housing from investors is an area for further consideration. We note the benefits of investment in terms of increasing supply, which helps overall affordability. However it can also impact on opportunities for first homebuyers to enter the market.

"The ACT Government's role is outlined in the Affordable Housing Action Plan (AHAP), which commenced in 2007. The Plan, now in Phase III, includes 94 objectives aimed at making housing more affordable for all Canberrans. It has been a key contributor in responding to housing demand and providing a welcome economic boost to the Territory.

"Data from the 2011 Census shows that in the ACT, the rate of the home ownership is 60%, with 87,700 of the 145,500 homes either owned or in the process of being purchased. Of the remaining dwellings, there are around 30,250 private rentals and 9,500 public properties."

As shown in the table, the proportion of investment housing relative to owner-occupied housing is 26%.

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ACT Government calls for home conveyance duty to be scrapped

"The Government has a long term plan to abolish conveyance duty paid on homes. This will make homes more affordable to more Canberrans, by significantly reducing the upfront costs for homebuyers. 

"It will also encourage greater turnover of properties, which leads to a better allocation of housing stock."

 

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