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Apply for a real estate agent licence

You must have a valid licence to work as a real estate agent. If you don’t have a licence, you must apply for one.

Application for an individual's licence (PDF, 393KB)

Authorised activities

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.

Please note: you may not auction property.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a real estate agent licence, you must:

  • be 18 years or over
  • pass the required training courses.

Suitability

You are not suitable to hold a real estate agent licence if you:

  • are an insolvent under administration
  • are currently disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate.
  • have been convicted within the past 5 years of a serious offence .

We also consider if you:

  • have a criminal history
  • have been an executive officer of a corporation that was previously licensed, but has gone insolvent
  • were the subject of a successful claim fund action
  • have been cancelled or suspended from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • have been previously disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • are disqualified from being a company director
  • have previously been an insolvent under administration
  • are incapable of satisfactorily doing the job of a licensee
  • are unsuitable because of your character or the character of your business associates
  • are allowed to work in Australia.

Serious offences

A serious offence is anything punishable by 3 or more years in prison, including:

  • violent offences (including threats to use violence)
  • fraud and dishonesty
  • drug trafficking
  • extortion
  • arson
  • unlawful stalking
  • an offence of a sexual nature.

Receivership or liquidation

You must tell us if you have ever been an executive officer of a corporation that:

  • was previously licensed
  • has gone into receivership or liquidation.

You must also tell us:

  • what circumstances caused it to happen
  • whether you took all reasonable steps to avoid these circumstances
  • what assets you had available to distribute
  • how much money (if any) you paid in dividends
  • whether you broke any laws relating to these circumstances
  • whether you are disqualified from being a company director or other officer.

You must also include a report from the receiver or liquidator that gives us:

  • a detailed list of your creditors
  • the amount of money you still owe to each creditor.

Non-citizens

If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you need to:

  • give us a certified copy of your passport
  • have a visa that allows you to work in Australia.

Lodgement

When you lodge the form, you will need to attach formal identification. These documents must be original or certified copies.

Your identification must be a certified copy of any of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate or extract
  • Driver’s licence
  • Passport
  • Citizenship certificate

You will need to pay certain fees when you lodge your application. These include:

  • the licence fee of $1,377.30 for 1 year or $2,582.30 for 3 years
  • a criminal history check fee of $39.00.

You will also need to attach your proof of qualifications.

Places of business

You may have multiple places of business, but you must register all of your business addresses when you apply for your licence. The person in charge at the principal place of business must have a current individual licence. You must also appoint a licensee or registered salesperson in charge at each other place of business.

However, a registered salesperson cannot be person in charge if:

  • the place of business operates as a resident letting agency
  • their registration is subject to conditions.

Find out more about places of business

Criminal history check

To confirm your suitability, we will submit your application for a criminal history check. This will be thorough and may be time consuming.

Processing time

The processing time is 4–6 weeks. This can take longer if your application is not complete. This might be because of:

  • missing information
  • unpaid fees.

We will contact you if you submitted an incomplete application. You will need to complete the application before we can proceed. Otherwise, we may withdraw your application.

Refunds

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a partial refund if:

  • you withdraw your application
  • we refuse your application.

You may also get a refund on the fee for your criminal history check if it hasn’t been started yet.

Training

You must pass these training subjects from a recognised provider in order to apply for a licence. The only exception is if you’ve held an equivalent licence within the past 2 years.

You must have successfully completed or been assessed as competent in the required subjects. These subjects are taken following industry-recognised training package:

  • Property Services training package (CPP07)

As of 1 July 2016, units taken from the Property Development and Management Training Package (PRD01) no longer form part of the approved training for a real estate agent licence.

Find a training provider in Queensland

Property Services training package

You will need to give us evidence that you have successfully completed the following units from this training package.

BSBSBM/CPPDSM codes Name of course
BSBSMB406

Manage small business finances

CPPDSM4003A Appraise property
CPPDSM4005A Establish and build client-agency relationships
CPPDSM4006A Establish and manage agency trust accounts
CPPDSM4007A Identify legal and ethical requirements of property management to complete agency work
CPPDSM4008A Identify legal and ethical requirements of property sales to complete agency work
CPPDSM4009 Interpret legislation to complete work in the property industry
CPPDSM4010A Lease property
CPPDSM4011A List property for lease
CPPDSM4012A List property for sale
CPPDSM4013A Market property for lease
CPPDSM4014A Market property for sale
CPPDSM4015B Minimise agency and consumer risk
CPPDSM4016A Monitor and manage lease or tenancy agreement
CPPDSM4018A Prepare and present property reports
CPPDSM4019A Prepare for auction and complete sale
CPPDSM4022A Sell and finalise the sale of property by private treaty
CPPDSM4046A Manage tenancy disputes
CPPDSM4080A Work in the real estate industry

Starting to operate

Do you know your legal requirements?

Once you have your licence, you will need to follow a range of legal requirements.

Penalties may apply if you breach these requirements.

Managing your business

Handling a property transaction

Breaches and penalties

Moving to Queensland?

You can transfer a current, valid licence from interstate or New Zealand to the equivalent licence in Queensland.

Find out what to do

Certified documents

A photocopy is not a certified copy unless you do the following.

Take the original document and a copy of that document to:

  • a Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • a Commissioner for Declarations (C.dec)
  • a solicitor or barrister
  • a notary public.

They will:

  • stamp and/or sign the copy
  • write 'This is a true copy of the original document' on the copy.

This now becomes a certified copy.

Find a JP or C.dec in your area

If you visit any of our locations, you can bring the original document with you and one of our officers wil make a certified copy.

Please do not post us the original documents.

Last updated
30 June 2017
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