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.

    You can work as an Auctioneer, Stock or Station Agent without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in real estate might be helpful.

    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

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    All Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents

    • $1,405 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 5,500 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 50 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 10% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 5,500 in 2018 to 5,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Wholesale Trade; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,405 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20083200
    20093200
    20104400
    20113100
    20122900
    20132500
    20141900
    20152200
    20161700
    20173100
    20185500
    20235800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsAuctioneers, and Stock and Station AgentsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings14051460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Wholesale Trade64.5
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing10.2
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9.0
    Retail Trade8.5
    Other Industries7.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW36.431.6
    VIC25.325.6
    QLD15.220.0
    SA10.77.0
    WA8.610.8
    TAS2.62.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    15-192.0-5.05.0
    20-245.2-9.39.3
    25-3417.5-22.922.9
    35-4421.1-22.022.0
    45-5422.7-21.621.6
    55-5911.3-9.09.0
    60-648.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over11.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAuctioneers, and Stock and Station AgentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV22.0-21.121.1
    Year 1226.5-18.118.1
    Year 119.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below18.0-12.512.5

    You can work as an Auctioneer, Stock or Station Agent without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in real estate might be helpful.

    Membership with a land agent registrar may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • auctioneer licence
    • real estate agent licence
    • stock and station agent licence
    • driver's licence
    • national police check

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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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Administration and Management

      68% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      67% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Mathematics

      66% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      65% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    5. English Language

      62% Skill level

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

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    1. Telephone

      100% Important

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

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    3. Electronic Mail

      99% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    4. Contact With Others

      96% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      94% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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