My $900 stimulus package from the Australian Government arrived today, to much excitement. Even though the point of the one-off payment is to encourage people to spend money and therefore stimulate the economy, my share is going towards our house deposit.
In more good news, our state Govt has decided to extend the First Home Buyer's Grant for an extra twelve months (which now sits at $13,000 if the Federal Govt doesn't extend their component). This fills me with relief as, without the kick-start, we can't afford a proper deposit (which needs to be a minimum of ~$26k :/). Funnily enough, we are eligible for a mortgage, just can't pay enough upfront cash for stamp duty, insurance fees, etc. Pretty sucky. :/