Real estate agent licence - Queensland


You must have a valid licence to work as a real estate agent, either as an individual or a corporation.

Real estate agent authorised activities (individual)

A real estate agent licence allows you to:

  • own or manage a real estate agency
  • buy, sell, exchange or rent houses, businesses, land or any interest in these
  • negotiate on behalf of a buyer, seller, landlord or exchanging or renting of houses, businesses or land
  • show property to potential buyers
  • inspect and assess property for sale or rent
  • collect rent on behalf of a landlord
  •  advertise a property for rent or sale (includes setting up signs)
  • open up a property for inspection for sale or rent
  • manage an apartment complex and sell any units independently, without having to work through an established agency
  • operate a trust account on behalf of sellers and buyers.

Note: You may not auction property.

Your real estate company must have a corporate licence.

Real estate agent authorised activities (corporation)

A corporate real estate licence allows your company to:

  • buy, sell, lease or exchange property (or an interest in a property)
  • collect rent
  • manage a rental property
  • negotiate a property transaction
  • facilitate the transaction
  • show a property to potential buyers or renters
  • inspect property for sale or rent
  • advertise, place signs and open a property for inspection
  • operate trust accounts.

For the purposes of this licence, property can be:

  •  residential property
  •  business property
  •  rural property (and/or livestock)
  •  units in a building complex
  •  empty land.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must:

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

Note: If you are notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003, you must be authorised to practise an occupation equivalent to the Queensland occupation covered by this licence in a participating state or territory or in New Zealand. For more information see Mutual recognition of occupational licence or certificate of registration.


This licence will remain in effect for 12 months or 3 years. You will be issued with a renewal notice annually or every 3 years approximately 6 weeks before the expiry date.

Application process

Submit either:

  • Form 1-1: Application for individuals licence (if you are applying as an individual); or
  • 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 drivers licence. Proof of identity can be certified by a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, barrister/solicitor or notary public. (Note: 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.

If you are planning to work for another licensee after your licence is granted, you should also supply a signed letter from your employer confirming this.

Note: The licence application fee and licence renewal application fee are not refundable.

If you are notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003 submit a Form 1: Application for mutual recognition of occupational licence with a copy of your current interstate licence.

*If you are applying for an additional licence under the Property Occupations Act 2014 or the Motor Dealers Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014 you only need to pay an application fee for each additional licence class.

Transfer process

You cannot transfer this licence to another entity.

Additional information

Applicants must undergo a criminal history check to confirm their suitability. The criminal history check applies for each person who appears on the application form. The fee applies to all applications and renewal notices. All active partners are required to be licensed. All non active partners are required to be suitable.

A real estate agent that is a corporation and a principal licensee (corporate agent) must ensure that:

  • the individual in charge of the corporate agent's business at its registered office is a real estate agent; and
  • if the corporate agent has more than 1 place of business, at each other place of business an individual who is a real estate agent or in the case of a resident letting agent business, a resident letting agent is in charge of the corporate agent's business at the place.

Note: Applicants for a chattel auctioneer licence are not required to pay an additional application fee if they already hold, or are also applying for, an auctioneer licence.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Queensland Government Service Centre

Industry Licensing Unit

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Phone: 07 3405 0985
Fax: 07 3008 5933
Website: Office of Fair Trading (Opens in new window)