Auctioneers conduct sales of real estate, goods and livestock by taking offers from buyers and accepting the highest purchase price.

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

    Tasks

    • Appraises and lists property for auction.
    • Organises advertising, catalogues and other publicity for auctions.
    • Consults vendors and sets reserve prices.
    • Describes property presented and the conditions of sale.
    • Asks for or sets opening bids.
    • Accepts bids from potential buyers.
    • Closes sales to the highest bidders.

    More about Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents

    All Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents

    • $1,405 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Auctioneers

    • 630 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 11% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Auctioneers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 670 in 2011 to 630 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Auctioneers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Wholesale Trade; Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 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: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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 Trade60.7
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services21.4
    Retail Trade11.3
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.4
    Other Industries4.2

    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.
    StateAuctioneersAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.731.6
    VIC22.525.6
    QLD21.920.0
    SA9.07.0
    WA6.810.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.91.9

    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 BracketAuctioneersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.5-5.05.0
    20-244.5-9.39.3
    25-3417.3-22.922.9
    35-4423.6-22.022.0
    45-5423.1-21.621.6
    55-5910.4-9.09.0
    60-649.0-6.06.0
    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 QualificationAuctioneersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree12.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV23.6-21.121.1
    Year 1227.2-18.118.1
    Year 117.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below14.8-12.512.5

    You can work as an Auctioneer 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
    • 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. Communications and Media

      60% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    2. English Language

      57% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and Electronics

      55% Skill level

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

    4. Sales and Marketing

      51% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    5. Fine Arts

      46% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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    1. Public Speaking

      91% Important

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    2. Contact With Others

      88% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      86% Important

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    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      81% Important

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