Stamp duty is one of those annoyances first home buyers often don't notice, and one of those state taxes that didn't disappear in the wake of the GST. Research by Bankwest suggests that Victorians pay the highest overall percentage of stamp duty, while those in the ACT pay the highest absolute numbers.
Here's the figures for stamp-duty on a median price property in each state, according to Bankwest's calculations:
You probably can't do much about stamp duty in practice — moving states is even more expensive and no state government seems likely to eliminate that revenue — but it might be a reason to hold off on buying for a while if you live in Victoria but fancy Queensland.
[Bankwest via AFR]