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Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I purchase a block of land?

The ACT Government sells residential land in a variety of ways – Ballot, Auction and Over the Counter. The specific process for each release is available as part of the sales documentation when a release is announced. For a brief description of each process:

Commercial and Industrial releases are sold by Auction, Tender or Over-the-Counter. Documentation for these releases is usually managed by an appointed Sales agent and details of the contact agent are available on this website when the land is released for sale. In certain circumstances, the ACT Government may release land by ‘direct sale’, this means a Lease is offered for sale to approved entities without going through a competitive process such as an auction. This is most common for land which is zoned for a place of Worship, Club or Charity. For more information regarding direct sales please visit

When is my block due to settle?

The timing for settlement on blocks sold when the Estate is still being constructed is dependent on the completion of the Estate works such as roads and services. Environmental issues may also impact on projected timings from time to time. Estimated date ranges for settlement are generally published with a block list when the land is released. You can find the date range applicable to your block on the front page of your contract. The timings for settlement for blocks sold when the Estates works have been completed will generally be 42 days after contracts are exchanged. The details are available on the front page of your contract.

What is the Contract date range?

The contract date range is an indicative date range provided as an estimate for when the Estate works may be completed. It is possible for the Estate works to be completed earlier than the date range stated, which may incur an earlier than expected settlement. It is also possible for the Estate works to be completed at the end of the date range which may incur a settlement date after the last date in the range. Both scenarios are within the terms of the contract. You can find the date range applicable to your block on the front page of your contract.

When do I have to pay Stamp Duty?
Stamp Duty is payable on all blocks of land within 90 days of the date you exchange contracts, or prior to settlement, whichever occurs first.
How much Stamp Duty will I have to pay?

The amount payable is determined by the purchase price and your personal circumstances. Further information including a calculator can be found at

Can you please recommend a good builder?

We are unable recommend builders. You may wish to contact the below ACT industry associations for further information.

Housing Industry Association (HIA)
02 6285 7300 |

Master Builders Association (MBA)
02 6247 2099 |

When can I get access to the site to see my block?

You can access your block following Settlement of the Sales Contract.