Sunday 15 May 2022 06:16 AM Scott Morrison to let first home buyers use 40 per cent of their super to buy ... trends now

Sunday 15 May 2022 06:16 AM Scott Morrison to let first home buyers use 40 per cent of their super to buy ... trends now
Sunday 15 May 2022 06:16 AM Scott Morrison to let first home buyers use 40 per cent of their super to buy ... trends now

Sunday 15 May 2022 06:16 AM Scott Morrison to let first home buyers use 40 per cent of their super to buy ... trends now

First home buyers will be able to dip into their superannuation and use up to 40 per cent of their savings to buy a new house.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison used the Liberal Party's election campaign launch in Brisbane on Sunday to unveil his 'super home buyer scheme'.

'I'm going for a second term because I'm just warming up,' he said. 

Homebuyers will be able to use up to $50,000, or a 'responsible portion', of their superannuation to invest in their first home.

'We want to further help Australians get past what is the biggest hurdle on their path to home ownership [and] that is the difficulty of saving for a deposit. And being able to use their own money to do it,' Mr Morrison said.

Prime minister Scott Morrison used the Liberal Party's election campaign launch in Brisbane on Sunday to unveil the new plan under the Super Home Buyer Scheme

Prime minister Scott Morrison used the Liberal Party's election campaign launch in Brisbane on Sunday to unveil the new plan under the Super Home Buyer Scheme

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg poses with former prime minister John Howard at the election campaign launch

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg poses with former prime minister John Howard at the election campaign launch

The money can be withdrawn from the superannuation account and used to buy an existing or new home (stock image)

The money can be withdrawn from the superannuation account and used to buy an existing or new home (stock image)

'The maximum amount able to be invested under this plan is the lower of $50,000 or 40 per cent of your total superannuation balance.

'Superannuation is there to help Australians in their retirement. The evidence shows that the best thing we can do to help Australians achieve financial security in their retirement is to help them own their own home.'

The money can be withdrawn from the superannuation account and used to buy an existing or new home.

If the house is sold, the money taken out to invest in the home will be returned into the superannuation account, including a share of any capital gain. 

Mr Morrison claimed the scheme would slash the average time it took to save for a home by three years. 

He said the plan would make it easier for homebuyers to own their first house and reduce the number of renters.

'Our plan makes it easier for first home buyers to save for a deposit, reducing the time people need to pay rent, and also means a smaller mortgage with less debt and smaller repayments,' he said.

'It's a plan that gets the balance right – it utilises money that's currently locked away to transform a family's life, with the money then responsibly returned to the super fund at the time of home's sale.'

Under the coalition's expanded housing policy, up to 1.3 million empty nesters and pensioners will also be able to access incentives to downsize their house, in a plan to help more families get a home.

'We want to further help Australians get past what is the biggest hurdle on their path to home ownership [and] that is the difficulty of saving for a deposit. And being able to use their own money to do it,' Mr Morrison said

'We want to further help Australians get past what is the biggest hurdle on their path to home

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