Estate Agent's Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to buy, sell, lease or manage real estate (properties) or businesses on behalf of any other person (such as a vendor / seller, landlord, purchaser or tenant).

This licence also authorises the holder to own and / or manage a real estate agency as a sole trader, in partnership, or through a corporation (the corporation must hold the licence in its own right).

You may employ a person to act as your representative provided that person meets all the eligibility requirements for acting as an Agent's Representative, but as the licensed Estate Agent you are legally responsible for the actions of that representative.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence as an individual, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be of good character and a fit and proper person
  • not have been disqualified from holding an Estate Agent's Licence either in Victoria or another State or Territory
  • have successfully completed the prescribed course for qualifications or equivalent to qualifications, or held a licence in Victoria within the last five years
  • pay the prescribed fees.

You will also need to apply for special permission to hold an Estate Agent's Licence if:

  • a claim has been admitted against you from the Victorian Property Fund
  • you have, within the last 10 years, been convicted or found guilty of any offence involving fraud, dishonesty, drug trafficking or violence which is punishable by imprisonment for three months or more (whether or not a sentence of imprisonment was imposed)
    or
  • you are insolvent under administration (note: if you are insolvent and you are granted permission for an Estate Agent's Licence you can only work as an employee of an estate agency business during the insolvency).

In terms of training, for new entrants to the industry, the REIV provides entry-level courses including the Agent's Representative Course and Traineeship in Real Estate (Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) CPP40307.

If you hold a current equivalent registration in another Australian State or Territory, or New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply for this registration under mutual recognition arrangements.

To be eligible for a licence a corporation must:

  • have a licensed estate agent as the officer in effective control
  • not be under external administration or be disqualified from holding an Estate Agent's Licence (or equivalent) in Victoria or anywhere in Australia or overseas
  • pay the prescribed fees.

The company will also need to apply for permission to hold an Estate Agent's Licence if any of its directors has had a claim allowed against the Victorian Property Fund; or it has been found guilty of or convicted of an offence involving fraud, dishonesty, drug trafficking or violence.

Ongoing requirements

If you operate as a licensed estate agent you must:

  • Lodge an annual statement and licence fee;
  • Notify the agency of any changes to your licence details;
  • Comply with industry standards and codes of practice; and
  • Comply with the rules of professional conduct for estate agents;

If you own or manage a real estate agency you must also comply with the statutory duties for Licensees or Officers in Effective Control.

Duration

Licences are ongoing unless they are surrendered, suspended or cancelled.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyLicence$466.60

Company. Fees for 2016-17.

Application$424.20

Individual. Fees for 2016-17.

Application$734.60

Company. Fees for 2016-17.

Licence$212.00

Individual. Fees for 2015-16.

VaryDuplicate Certificate$63.30Replacement licence certificate. Fees for 2016-17.

Lodgement

Apply

Lodge your application form and all associated documents directly with the Agency.


Approval time

The time taken to process an application will vary according to individual circumstances.

Administering agency

Business Licensing Authority

Act(s) name

Estate Agents Act 1980 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Estate Agents (Professional Conduct) Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Estate Agents (Education) Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Estate Agents (Retirement Villages) Regulations 2016 (Victoria)

Contact details

Registrar
Business Licensing Authority


Operating address:
113 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 322B
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

1300 135 452

Fax:

03 8684 0600
bla@justice.vic.gov.au

Supporting information

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