To be eligible for the FHOG you have to satisfy the following criteria: You have never owned a residential property in Australia. You have never received a FHOG from any other state or territory in Australia. You are 18 years of age or older. You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident. At least one applicant will occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of 6 months, commencing within 12 months of settlement or construction of the home. Each applicant has entered into a contract for the purchase of a home or signed a contract to build a home on or after 1 July 2000.