FIRST HOME OWNERSHIP INITIATIVE

The First Home Ownership Initiative was launched in 2014 to provide affordable and quality housing for all Fijians and increasing home ownership across the country, for low and middle-income earners. 

 

Since its inception in 2014, the First Home Ownership Initiative has assisted more than 2,550 Fijian households to a tune of $22.7 million. First Home Purchase Program and First Land Purchase programs are the two main assistance programs under this initiative.

In 2018, applicants under the Fiji National Provident Fund Mataqali Housing Scheme were included to benefit from this initiative. Ministry also provide assistance in rebuilding houses destroyed from accidental fire and a supplement to this initiative.

Below is a summary of the successful applications approved under the First Home 

 

Initiative Programme

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First Home Ownership Purchase Programme 

 

This program is operated under two categories. 

Since introduction in 2014, under the first category, households with an annual income of less than $50,000 can apply for a grant assistance of $15,000 to build their first home or $10,000 purchase their first home. Under a higher threshold income introduced in 2018, household incomes up to a $100,000 may also apply for assistance of $10,000 for construction and $5,000 to purchase their first home.

Who can apply? Anyone with a total household income of $100,000 or less may apply for this, provided:

  • You are a Fiji Citizens

  • Above the age of 18 

  • Have never previously purchased or owned a home in Fiji

How do I apply for this? You may apply through your bank, the Housing Authority or the Fiji National Provident Fund using the following application form.

You will be required to provide the following documents with your application to your financial institution:

  • Declaration of income and salary slip.

  • Birth certificate.

  • Certified copy of photo identification.

  • Marriage certificate (if applicable).

  • Title Search Note from Registrar of Titles.

  • Taxpayer identification number letter.

  • FNPF number.

  • Lease document or certificate of title.

FIRST LAND PURCHASE PROGRAMME

Introduced in 2018/2019 financial year, Fijians with an annual household of income below $50,000 qualify for this assistance to purchase their first land. The maximum grant assistance is $10,000 per household.

 

Who can apply? Anyone with a total household income of less than $50,000 may apply for this provided:

  • You are a Fiji Citizens

  • Above age of 18 

  • Have not previously held a residential lease or owned residential land in Fiji

How do I apply for this? You may apply through your bank, the Housing Authority, the I-Taukei Land Trust Board or Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources using the following application form.

 

You will be required to provide the following documents with your application to your financial institution:

  • Declaration of income and salary slip.

  • Birth certificate.

  • Certified copy of photo identification.

  • Marriage certificate (if applicable).

  • Title Search Note from Registrar of Titles.

  • Taxpayer identification number letter.

  • FNPF number

  • Lease document or certificate of title.

 

Whom can I contact for further assistance?

 

Please email Mr Joeli Moceivale : jmoceivale@govnet.gov.fj

Or call 3304364 during working hours: 

Monday  – Thursday 8.00am – 4.30pm

Friday  8.00am – 4.00pm

 

 

OTHER GRANTS

 

Fire Victims Assistance 

Introduced in 2015, under our Fire Victims Assistance programme to assist low/middle income earners to rebuild their homes destroyed by fire, households with a total income below $50,000 can claim up to $5,000. To date 157 Fijians have been assisted with a total payout of $785,000. So far this year 12 families have benefitted from this programme.

Who can apply? Anyone with a total household income of less than $50,000 may apply for this provided: 

  • You are a Fiji Citizen

  • Above the age of 18

  • Hold a valid lease or title to prove the ownership for the property

  • National Fire Authority can confirm that the Fire was accidental 

  • The house is not insured

 

How do I apply for this? You may send your application directly to the Ministry or through your municipal council or the National Fire Authority (NFA) using the following application form.

 

You will be required to provide the following documents with your application to your financial institution:

  • Declaration of income and salary slip.

  • Birth certificate.

  • Certified copy of photo identification.

  • Marriage certificate (if applicable).

  • Land, title or lease documents.

  • Letter from National Fire Authority confirming the cause of the Fire

  • Police Report

  • Taxpayer identification number letter.

  • FNPF number

  • Photos of the burnt house

  • Quotations of the building materials

 

 

Whom can I contact for further assistance under these programs?

Please email Mr Joeli Moceivale : jmoceivale@govnet.gov.fj

Or call 3304364 during working hours: 

Mon – Thursday   8.00am – 4.30pm 

Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm