Licensing, certification and qualification

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Different types of licences, certificates of registrations

The following kinds of licenses and certificates of registration are issued under the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002.

Real estate agent 

A real estate agent is used:

  • for a real estate transaction – ie. the purchase, sale, exchange, lease, assignment or other disposal of land, whether or not an auction is involved or
  • for inducing or attempting to induce or negotiating with a view to inducing any person to enter into, or to make or accept an offer to enter into, a real estate transaction or a contract for a real estate transaction or
  • for the introduction, or arranging for the introduction, of a prospective purchaser, lessee or licensee of land to another licensed agent or to the owner, or the agent of the owner, of land or
  • collecting rents payable in respect of any lease of land and otherwise providing property management services in respect of the leasing of any land or
  • for the sale or purchase of rural land with an area of up to 20 hectares or
  • for a buyer or
  • for the sale of residential premises in a retirement village.

A licence holder who wishes to act solely as a buyer’s agent may have a condition placed on their licence noting that they may only act as a buyer's agent.

When selling property over 20 hectares, an agent needs a stock and station licence. If the licensee in charge holds a stock and station licence, an employee also needs at least a stock and station certificate.

Auctioneer

This is not a separate licence category under the Act, however, a person who acts as an auctioneer must hold either a real estate agent’s licence or a stock and station agent’s licence and be specifically accredited to act as an auctioneer.

An auctioneer is defined as anyone:

  • who, in the course of trade or business and at an auction (or a proposed auction), acts as an auctioneer or sells for reward (whether monetary or otherwise) any land or any livestock or
  • who sells or offers for sale, or who attempts to sell, any land or any livestock by way of auction or
  • who engages in any other activity that is prescribed for the purposes of this definition.

Business agent

A business agent:

  • sells, buys, exchanges or otherwise deals with or disposing of businesses or professional practices or any share or interest in or concerning or the goodwill of or any stocks connected with businesses or professional practices,
  • negotiates for the sale, purchase or exchange or any other dealing with or disposition of businesses or professional practices or any share or interest in or concerning or the goodwill of or any stocks connected with businesses or professional practices.

Strata managing agents

A person who acts as a community managing agent or a strata managing agent must hold a strata managing agent’s licence.

A community managing agent is engaged or appointed, for monetary or other reward, to exercise the functions of a scheme under the Community Land Development Act 1989, or any other function that is prescribed by the regulations under the Act. This agent must hold a strata managing agent’s licence.

A strata managing agent is a person (whether or not such person carries on any other business) who, for reward (whether monetary or otherwise), exercises any function of an owners corporation within the meaning of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 or any other function that is prescribed by the regulations under the Act.

On-site residential property manager

An on-site residential property manager:

  • carries on business as an agent for giving possession of residential premises under a lease, licence or other contract or
  • carries on business as an agent for collecting bonds, deposits, rents, fees or other charges in connection with any such lease, licence or other contract.

An on-site residential property manager’s licence is subject to the condition that the licensee must not carry on business as an on-site residential property manager in respect of premises unless:

  • the licensee’s principal place of residence is situated at those premises and
  • the licensee owns, or has an interest prescribed by the regulations in, that principal place of residence.

This condition prevents a person from being an on-site residential property manager for more than one residential complex. To do that, a person must hold a real estate agent’s licence.

Stock and station agent

A stock and station agent carries on business as an auctioneer of rural land or livestock or as an agent for:

  • performing the functions of a real estate agent in relation to rural land or
  • a livestock transaction (the purchase, sale or other disposal of livestock, whether or not an auction is involved) or
  • inducing or attempting to induce or negotiating with a view to inducing any person to enter into, or to make or accept an offer to enter into, a livestock transaction or a contract for a livestock transaction or
  • providing agistment for livestock or collecting of fees for the agistment of livestock.

When selling property over 20 hectares, an agent needs a stock and station licence. If the licensee in charge holds a stock and station licence, an employee also needs at least a stock and station certificate.

Corporation licence

Licence held by a corporation as a real estate agent, stock and station agent, business agent, strata managing agent or on-site residential property manager.

Salespersons and registered managers

Salespersons and registered managers require a certificate of registration and must not act as or exercise any of the functions of a real estate salesperson, stock and station salesperson, business salesperson or registered manager unless the person does so as an employee of the holder of a licence under the Act.

 
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