The activities of property agents are regulated under the Property and Stock Agents Act 2002. All real estate agents (which includes the functions of sales and leasing, business broking, and on-site residential property management), stock and station agents and strata managing agents must hold an appropriate licence.
Auctions for land or livestock must be carried out by a licensed real estate agent or a stock and station agent who is accredited as an auctioneer.
Assistant agents who work for agents must hold the relevant certificate of registration.
You should always do a check before dealing with an agent. NSW Fair Trading keeps a record of this information including:
- name and business address of the holder
- the category of the licence or certificate
- licence conditions restricting the holder to a category of work
- the licence or certificate number
- date of issue and expiry
- disciplinary action taken against the licence or certificate holder.
Note: Some auctioneer accreditations are not currently listed on the licence check register. Until they are added, you can check an auctioneer's accreditation by clicking below.