Chattel auctioneer licence - Queensland


You need a licence if you intend to work as a chattel auctioneer, either as an individual or a corporation. This includes auctions of:

  • cars or other motor vehicles
  • livestock or agricultural equipment
  • art or collectables
  • any other items except real estate.

This licence allows you to:

  • conduct an auction of any chattels
  • attempt or offer to hold any of these auctions
  • sell them by any means during the auction period.

You can work alone, with others or as an employee of:

  • a chattel auctioneer
  • a motor dealer.

You must not auction any real estate without a property auctioneer licence.

Service type


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


You do not need a licence to run a charity auction if you do not receive reward (payment) for it.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a suitable person
  • have a registered office in Queensland.

You must undergo a criminal history check to confirm your suitability. The criminal history check applies to each person for whom a date and place of birth are requested on the application form.

You may be eligible to be licensed under mutual recognition laws if you hold a comparable licence within another Australian State or Territory or within New Zealand.


One or three years


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Application process


Submit either:

  • Form 1-1: Application for individuals licence (if you are applying as an individual)
  • Form 1-2: Application for corporations licence (if you are applying as a corporation).

Your application must be accompanied by:

  • an application fee
  • a licence issue fee
  • a criminal history check fee for each person whose date and place of birth appear on the application
  • a certified copy of either your birth certificate, birth certificate extract, passport, Certificate of Australian citizenship or driver's licence. Proof of identity can be certified by a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, barrister/solicitor or notary public (please note that none of the above required to be provided upon renewal on the proviso that the name the licence was issued in has not changed or unless otherwise requested)
  • the place or places in Queensland where you propose to carry on business under the licence
  • the capacity in which you intend performing activities under the licence and the address where the activities are to be performed (business address)
  • if you intend to be employed as a person in charge of a licensees business at a place of business - the name of your licensed employer and the address of the place of business where you are to be in charge (also a business address)
  • a certificate of completion of modules.

Approval time

Processing time is between four and six weeks


You cannot transfer this licence to another entity.

Additional information

You are not required to pay an additional application fee if you already hold or are also applying for, a property auctioneer licence.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

Contact details

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Industry Licensing Unit

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 74 68
Fax: 07 3738 8784