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