There are substantial penalties for making false or misleading statements in, or in connection with, an application for first home benefits.
The Office of State Revenue, as part of its role in administering the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000, conducts investigations and compliance checks to ensure applicants are entitled to receive the grant. A penalty of up to $11 000 may be imposed for knowingly making a false or misleading statement in, or in connection with, an application.
In addition, the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue can, as a result of an applicant's dishonesty, also require the applicant to repay the grant or benefit and impose a further penalty equal to the value of the grant paid.
The Office of State Revenue audits claims for first home benefits with current and historical data held by other State and Territory agencies.