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Queensland Government - Queensland Revenue Office
Queensland Government - Queensland Revenue Office

Additional foreign acquirer duty residential land

Additional foreign acquirer duty (AFAD) is an extra 7% of duty that applies to transactions that are liable for transfer duty, landholder duty or corporate trustee duty. AFAD applies when all the following conditions are met:

  • You are an acquirer for the purposes of the transaction and a foreign person.
  • Your transaction involves AFAD residential land (including chattels or existing rights).
  • The liability for your transaction arises on or after 1 October 2016.

AFAD was introduced to ensure foreign acquirers of residential property who benefit from government services and infrastructure also contribute to their delivery, the same as local buyers.

AFAD residential land

AFAD residential land is land in Queensland that is or will be used solely or primarily for residential purposes, where particular conditions are met.

It includes:

  • homes and apartments (including chattels)
  • vacant land on which a home or apartment will be built
  • land for residential development, such as
    • smaller unit blocks
    • housing subdivisions
    • major developments with a residential component
  • buildings refurbished, renovated or extended for residential use.

Other types of residential property such as retirement villages and student accommodation are considered on a case–by–case basis.

AFAD residential land does not include land used for hotels and motels.

Exemption for retirement visas

If you are a specified foreign retiree, you may be exempt from AFAD on your principal place of residence purchased on or after 1 January 2023.

To keep the benefit of this AFAD exemption in full, you must not dispose of the property (e.g. sell or rent 1 or more rooms) before occupying it, or within 1 year of occupying it.

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Last updated: 16 March 2023