Additional foreign acquirer duty 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.

AFAD residential land 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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Queensland Revenue Office

  • Call 1300 300 734 (Australia) or
    +61 7 3179 2500 (overseas)
  • Send an email using our online enquiry form.