Auctioneer, and Stock and Station Agent

Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents facilitate the purchase and sale of livestock and sell property at auctions. They may represent farmers and set up business dealings. They should be business savvy and have strong communication skills.

Duties and tasks

  • Assess value of property to determine selling price at auctions
  • Establish opening bids at auctions and set reserve amounts
  • Facilitate the selling of a variety of farming and agricultural provisions including grains and seeds, stalls and equipment
  • Organise property listings at auctions, setting out terms and conditions of sales and advertise to potential buyers
  • Publicly announce and keep note of bid offers at auctions and close the bid when prices reach a maximum and few bidders remain
  • Work on behalf of rural farmers or individuals to provide insurance coverage
  • Work with clients to buy and sell livestock and land, keeping records of transactions

Skills required

  • Coordination Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking Abilities
  • Strong Communication Skills

Working conditions

Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents typically work Mondays to Fridays but typically need to work weekends in order to facilitate public or private auctions. They should be willing to travel to meet clients and present auctions in different areas.

Professional associations / Industry information

The Auctioneers & Valuers Association of Australia
The Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA)
The Australian Valuers Institute

Related jobs and job titles

  • Auctioneer
  • Crop Farmer
  • Farm Manager
  • Farmer
  • Land Economist
  • Livestock Farmer
  • Real Estate Salesperson
  • Stock and Station Agent
  • Valuer