How to become a Stock and Station Agent

Stock and station agents advise and represent farmers and graziers in business transactions such as the buying and selling of livestock, wool, fertiliser, farming and grazing land, equipment and merchandise.

Personal requirements of a Stock and Station Agent

  • Interested in the rural industry
  • Able to take initiative
  • Self-motivation
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Stock and Station Agent

To become a stock and station agent you usually have to complete an accredited short course in real estate or a VET qualification in property services. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a stock and station agent through a traineeship in Property Services (Agency/Real Estate/Stock and Station Agency). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Stock and Station Agent

Stock and station agents may perform the following tasks:

  • study market trends and prices
  • arrange transport of stock to saleyards
  • take prospective buyers to inspect properties for sale
  • assist with selecting livestock, as well as commercial and stud stock
  • value livestock and advise on different marketing options for stock
  • arrange the penning and auction of livestock
  • arrange clearing sales of machinery and plant equipment that is no longer required
  • advise and assist clients with the management of agricultural or pastoral companies, stock or farming problems
  • conduct sales of wool on behalf of clients, usually on a commission basis
  • sell a wide range of agricultural products, including chemicals used in farming and grazing enterprises
  • write reports on business transactions
  • arrange finance for the buying of livestock or property
  • act as agents for insurance companies
  • arrange private sales between sellers and buyers.

Working conditions for a Stock and Station Agent

Stock and station agents usually travel a lot by car, work long hours and are often required to contact clients during the evening.

Employment Opportunities for a Stock and Station Agent

Stock and station agents may be employed by large pastoral companies or small private agencies. The demand for stock and station agents depends on the state of the rural industry, which is affected by factors such as interest rates, commodity markets, overseas prices for primary products and seasonal conditions. With experience, and sometimes further training, stock and station agents may progress to senior positions such as branch manager or area manager, or to executive areas of finance, real estate and insurance.

Additional Information
Agents who deal in farms and properties must be either licensed real estate agents or agents’ representatives. See the separate entry for Real Estate Salesperson for further information. Stock and station agents who perform valuations must be qualified valuers. See the separate entry for Valuer for further information. Those wishing to sell livestock may be required to hold an additional licence. See the separate entry for Auctioneer for further information. The Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association, which is the national peak industry body for livestock and property agents, also offers online courses and certification in property practice, stock and station licensing and real estate licensing.
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