Land agent registration
Individuals and companies must be registered as land agents with Consumer and Business Services (CBS) if they carry on a business that:
- buys, sells or otherwise deals with land or businesses
- negotiates the buying or selling of land or businesses.
Land agents are also called real estate agents.
New applications are required when:
- registering for the first time
- re-applying for a registration that was cancelled
- applying for a different registration type.
Who should register
Sole traders, partners in a business and companies (including their directors) can apply unless they have legal restrictions on their work or business. Legal restrictions can include things such as bankruptcy, financial receivership or a suspended trade licence.
You or your company can't apply if you were a director of a company that was wound up to pay creditors in the last five years. This includes if you were a director six months before winding up started.
Who doesn't need to register
Lawyers and people who are working in mortgage financing don't need to register if the work they're doing involves land or business sales.
Before you begin
Check you have the right qualifications to register.
Auctioneers need to be qualified as either a land agent or a sales representative.
Offences and convictions
You may not be able to register if you (or a director of the company) has been convicted of an 'indictable offence' of dishonesty, or convicted of a 'summary offence' of dishonesty within the past 10 years.
Include with your registration a copy of your National Police Certificate (NPC) no more than 12 months old.
Apply for an NPC through:
- South Australian Police
- National police checking service - Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
You do not need an NPC if you:
- are director of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
- have lodged an NPC with CBS within the last year
- are an overseas resident and have never lived in Australia
- have held a licence within the last year and are applying for an equivalent licence
- have already supplied an NPC for a different licence issued under the Land Agents Act 1994.
How to apply or update a registration
1. Complete the form
Fill in the application form, then print and sign it.
2. Lodgement options
Scan and upload the signed form along with your supporting evidence.
Post your application, supporting evidence and payment to:
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 2001
Phone 131 882 to discuss other options with our staff.
Body corporate (company)
|Pre-grant fee (paid with new application)||$535|
|Total fee payable for new application (includes 1 year registration)||$825|
|Application to vary a registration||$122|
|Individual land agent registration||Fee|
|Pre-grant fee (paid with new application)||$355|
|Total fee payable for new application (includes one year registration)||$645|
Total fee payable for new application (includes one year registration) |
(interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA)
|Application to add auctioneer to a licence (existing land agent)||$122|
Make sure you have your licence number ready to renew online. You can pay by credit card using our secure service.
Phone 1300 668 531
Make sure you have your licence ready when you call. You can pay by credit card.
Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and attach to the front page of your renewal.
Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001
Renew and pay for your licence at:
CBS Customer Service Centre
91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
|Type of registration||Fee|
|Body corporate (company)||$535|
|Individual land agent||$355|
|Replacement licence card||$27|
You can download your licence or registration to an Apple or Android smart phone or tablet using the mySA GOV app. Hard copy licences will still be issued and it's a good idea to carry these with you until digital licences become widely accepted. For more information visit my.sa.gov.au.
Changes that affect registration
Notify CBS within 14 days if you have committed an offence or have had legal restrictions placed on your work or business, such as bankruptcy, financial receivership, suspended or disqualified work licence.
You will also need to advise CBS when you: