June 29, 2020

The Federal Government launched the HomeBuilder scheme on June 4, but just over three weeks later it is still not operational and there is no start date in sight.

Key points:
The HomeBuilder scheme was announced on June 4, but is not yet online
For the scheme to go ahead, all states and territories need to sign a national partnership agreement
Queensland Treasury has concerns about the “design and implementation” of the scheme
Each state and territory is responsible for administering the scheme and, according to Treasury, a national partnership agreement is still being negotiated.

So far, only Tasmania and South Australia are signatories to HomeBuilder.

In Queensland, a spokesperson for Treasurer Cameron Dick said he had “expressed concerns about its design and implementation” and the department was still working through the detail of how the scheme would function.

“The Queensland Government supports the intent of the policy and is seeking to resolve the remaining issues around administration,” the spokesperson said.

“We’re continuing to work with the Federal Government to resolve those matters as quickly as possible.”

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