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Foreign investors pay four times as much NSW stamp duty

Foreign investors pay four times as much NSW stamp duty

The impact of recent changes to stamp duty in New South Wales is being felt, with a recent study by the Housing industry Association (HIA) finding foreign investors to be paying almost four times as much stamp duty in NSW as local buyers.

The HIA Stamp Duty Watch report reviews the stamp duty policies of Australia’s eight states and territories, with the latest Winter 2017 edition focusing specifically on foreign investor stamp duty surcharges.

Foreign property investment in Australia has recently been targeted by several initiatives at both a state and federal level, in an effort to curb the perceived impact of foreign investment on housing affordability in Australia.

According to the HIA report, the average stamp duty for resident owner occupiers across Australia has increased by 16.4% over the past year to $20,725 – a more significant increase than dwelling prices, which increased by just 10.5% over the same period.

CityDomestic Investor Stamp DutyForeign Investor Stamp Duty
Sydney$29,105$93,865
Melbourne$26,870$68,970
Brisbane$12,145$28,905

Source: HIA

In contrast, average stamp duty for foreign investors in NSW comes in at a significantly higher $93,865, thanks to the NSW government doubling the foreign investor stamp duty surcharge from 4% to 8% with from 1 July 2017.

According to HIA senior economist, Shane Garrett, stamp duty drains family coffers of $107 each and every month over a 30-year mortgage term.

“Shelling out so much in stamp duty drains the household piggy bank of vital funds for their home deposit. Families are then forced to take out larger mortgages and incur heavier mortgage insurance premiums.”

“Foreign investors are a vital component of rental supply in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. With rental market conditions now so tight in Australia’s two biggest cities, should we really be placing more and more barriers in the way of new supply?”

According to the report, a 4% foreign buyer stamp duty surcharge is also set to take effect in South Australia from 1 January 2018.

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