Real Estate Sales Agents sell, lease and manage commercial and private properties, and broker the buying and selling of businesses.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required. Real Estate Agency Principals usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience.

Tasks

  • accepting and listing properties and businesses for sale and lease, conducting inspections, and advising buyers on the merits of properties and businesses and the terms of sale or lease
  • advising vendors of sales and marketing options such as sale by auction and open house inspections
  • cataloguing and detailing land, buildings and businesses for sale or lease and arranging advertising
  • assessing buyers' needs and locating properties and businesses for their consideration
  • offering valuations and advice for buying and selling properties and businesses, and structuring the terms of settlement
  • collecting and holding rent monies from tenants, and remitting to owner on agreed basis
  • monitoring and addressing non-compliance with terms and conditions of tenancy and pursuing rental arrears
  • developing and implementing business plans, budgets, policies and procedures for the agency
  • may arrange finance, land brokerage, conveyancing and maintenance of premises

Job Titles

  • Business Broker
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Agency Principal
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Representative
  • Business Broker (also called Business Agent)

    Operates as an independent agent in the buying and selling of businesses. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Franchise Broker

  • Property Manager

    Supervises the leasing of rental properties on behalf of owners. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Body Corporate Manager

  • Real Estate Agency Principal

    Manages the overall activities of a real estate agency. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Real Estate Agent

    Coordinates the activities of real estate representatives in selling and leasing real estate, ensuring compliance with legislative requirements. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Real Estate Representative (also called Real Estate Salesperson or Real Estate Subagent)

    Arranges the conduct of real estate transactions such as sales and leasing, and assists buyers to find suitable properties, on behalf of an agency. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Property Portfolio Officer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,150 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    88,900
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    50.9%
  • Female Share

    49.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    79.3%

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This is a very large occupation employing 88,900 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create more than 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Real Estate Sales Agents work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; Accommodation and Food Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,150 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 4 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200563400
200670000
200764200
200872900
200970300
201086500
201178200
201277800
201375500
201488200
201588900
202098800

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsReal Estate Sales AgentsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11501230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryReal Estate Sales AgentsAll Jobs Average
Full-time79.368.4
Part-time20.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.240.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services88.1
Accommodation and Food Services2.8
Public Administration and Safety1.9
Construction1.7
Other Industries5.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateReal Estate Sales AgentsAll Jobs Average
NSW30.931.8
VIC23.425.5
QLD24.119.8
SA6.56.8
WA10.211.2
TAS2.22.0
NT1.01.1
ACT1.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketReal Estate Sales AgentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.0-5.45.4
20-2411.3-9.99.9
25-3425.4-23.423.4
35-4417.7-21.721.7
45-5420.2-21.121.1
55-598.9-8.78.7
60-647.4-5.95.9
65 and Over8.1-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryReal Estate Sales AgentsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males50.9Males53.6
Females49.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationReal Estate Sales AgentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.6-8.68.6
Bachelor degree25.1-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.9-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV19.8-18.918.9
Year 1219.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1010.4-17.717.7
Below Year 101.3-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required. Real Estate Agency Principals usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Real Estate Sales Agents who have strong interpersonal skills, communicate well, provide good customer service and are well presented.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Administration and Management

    89% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    85% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Economics and Accounting

    82% Important

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  4. English Language

    80% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Clerical

    78% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    89% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    88% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

    86% Important

    Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving conflicts, and negotiating with people.

  5. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    84% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

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