The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) has made new regulations under the Estate Agents Act 1980. Commencing on 21 October 2020, the Estate Agents (Education) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) replace the Estate Agents (Education) Interim Regulations 2019 (the interim Regulations).

The Regulations draw on a new property services training package for the real estate industry that was developed following a national review. The Regulations prescribe the courses of instruction for the licensing of estate agents, eligibility to be employed as an agent’s representative, and exemptions from the prescribed requirements.

The Regulations substantially increase the education requirements for the real estate industry. The Regulations prescribe the following courses of instruction:

  • for estate agents, 18 units for the award of the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice, and 12 units for the award of the Diploma of Property (Agency Management)
  • for agents’ representatives, 18 units for the award of the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice.

The Regulations also provide exemptions for people who have completed previously prescribed educational requirements. Estate agents and agents’ representatives currently working in the real estate industry can continue to do so, as long as they satisfy these exemptions.

We received 37 submissions on the exposure draft of the Regulations. We carefully considered all feedback when finalising the Regulations and made some amendments to address key themes. The changes:

  • allow for more flexibility by replacing three specified electives with three electives of choice in the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice required for estate agents and agents’ representatives
  • reduce the number of units by four from the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice that an estate agent must complete to ensure estate agents do not need to complete more units than necessary to attain that qualification
  • remove the current courses start dates and clarify that students may complete the courses in the interim Regulations up to 30 September 2021, consistent with the national transition arrangements for the property services training package
  • improve the layout of the course for estate agents for clarity.

Further details on the outcomes of the public consultation process are available in the document library. These are contained in the Notice of Decision and the Statement of Reasons.

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The information you provide in your comment or submission will be considered by the department in providing advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation to finalise the proposed Regulations.

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You may access the information you have provided to the department for this consultation by contacting Regulation Policy: cav.consultations@justice.vic.gov.au