Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents sell property at auction, and advise and represent farmers in business transactions such as buying and selling livestock, rural property, and goods and services.

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 required to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes additional experience or on-the-job training is needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • appraising and listing property for auction
  • organising advertising, catalogues and other publicity for auctions
  • consulting vendors and setting reserve prices
  • describing property presented and the conditions of sale
  • asking for or setting opening bids and determining reserve prices
  • accepting bids from potential buyers and closing sales to the highest bidders
  • purchasing and selling livestock and rural property on behalf of clients
  • selling agricultural supplies, such as seed, grains, feed, sprays, dips, drenches and veterinary products, in accordance with statutory requirements
  • acting as an insurance agent for rural clients

Job Titles

  • Auctioneer
  • Stock and Station Agent
  • Auctioneer

    Conducts sales of real estate, goods and livestock by taking offers from buyers and accepting the highest purchase price. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Stock and Station Agent

    Provides advice to clients and acts on their behalf in relation to the sale and purchase of rural property, livestock, crops and agricultural products and services. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 2,400 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 94.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45.2 hours Average full-time
  • 43.5 years Average age
  • 6.5% female Gender Share

The number of Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 2,400 in 2017 to 2,200 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Wholesale Trade; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 6.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20075500
20083400
20093300
20104500
20113300
20123000
20132600
20142100
20152400
20161900
20172400
20222200

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Wholesale Trade50.6
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing13.9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services13.1
Manufacturing11.7
Other Industries10.7

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 2017, 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.
StateAuctioneers, and Stock and Station AgentsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.531.6
VIC23.526.2
QLD17.119.7
SA14.46.7
WA9.510.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.81.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAuctioneers, and Stock and Station AgentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-249.2-9.99.9
25-3425.2-23.623.6
35-4419.2-21.721.7
45-5427.2-20.820.8
55-592.1-8.88.8
60-6411.2-6.06.0
65 and Over5.9-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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 required to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes additional experience or on-the-job training is needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

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Employers look for Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents who are well presented, can communicate with a diverse range of people and provide good customer service.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9141.00 - Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers.

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