Stock and station agents represent farmers in business transactions such as buying and selling livestock, wool, farming and rural property and equipment.
Where stock and station agents are employed
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.
Stock and station agents usually travel a lot by car, work long hours and are often required to contact clients during the evening.
Full-time stock and station agents in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.
In 2011 there were 194 people employed full-time as stock and station agents in South Australia compared with 189 in 2006.
How to become one
To become a stock and station agent you usually have to complete an accredited short course in real estate or a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in property services. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through online distance education.
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. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
For more information see traineeships.
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