Conveyance duty, commonly known as stamp duty, is a tax you pay when you buy property in the ACT, whether it’s a home, land, or a commercial property.
Calculating your duty
The amount of duty you pay depends on the property’s purchase price or market value.
If you buy a property that already has a building on it, you pay stamp duty on the combined value of the house and the land. This also includes property under the land rent scheme.
If you buy a property that doesn’t have a house on it, but the seller is building one on the land before you settle as part of your contract, you still pay stamp duty on the combined value of the house and the land. Examples include house-and-land packages and off-the-plan property purchases.
If you buy land under one contract and arrange to build a house on the land under a separate contract, you pay duty on the land contract only. This also includes land under the land rent scheme.
Duty rates and thresholds depend on the date of your transaction. The transaction date is the date of the grant, transfer or agreement for transfer – whichever comes first. It’s not the settlement date.
Use our calculator below to get an estimate of the duty you owe. Keep in mind that this tool should serve as a guide only.
- The Pensioner Duty Concession Scheme
- Home Buyer Concession Scheme
If you’re buying a home, land or both, you may be eligible for a stamp duty concession through one of the following:
- First Home Owner Grant;
- Home Buyer Concession Scheme;
- Pensioner Duty Concession Scheme; or
- Disability Duty Concession Scheme.
You need to lodge your contract to buy the property (with the seller’s signature) and pay the duty within 90 days of signing the contract (you can make your duty payment either at lodgement or after).
You also need to submit a completed Conveyance Lodgement Form (external site).
You may also lodge the Memorandum of Transfer with your signature at the same time or any time before settlement. If not lodged at the same time, this will be a separate transaction with an additional fee.
Note that the ACT Revenue Office must stamp your contract and Memorandum of Transfer before the Registrar-General of Land Titles will put the property title in your name.
Be sure that all of the details in your contract and other documentation are true and correct; giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.
You can lodge your documents either over the counter, by elodge (registered practitioners only) or by post. To lodge them over the counter, visit:
Access Canberra Environment, Planning and Land Shopfront
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Dickson ACT 2602
or to lodge them by post, send them to:
ACT Revenue Office
PO Box 293
Civic Square ACT 2608
Visit our How to pay page for more information on paying your duty.