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. Stock and station agents may specialise in livestock buying and selling, auctioneering, property and merchandise sales, arranging finance and insurance, pastoral inspections, and stud stock or wool. They may be classified as grain merchants, wool buyers or wool merchants.

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. 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. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

The Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association is the national peak industry body for livestock and property agents.

Duties & Tasks of a Stock and Station Agent

Stock and station agents:

  • 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.

Future growth:

Moderate

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0%

NSW NSW 32.5%

NT NT 1.8%

QLD QLD 17.1%

SA SA 14.4%

TAS TAS 1.2%

VIC VIC 23.5%

WA WA 9.5%

Hours worked:

45.2

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 93.5%

Female 6.5%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 9.2%

25-34 - 25.2%

35-44 - 19.2%

45-54 - 27.2%

55-59 - 2.1%

60-64 - 11.2%

65 and Over - 5.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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