Apply for mutual recognition of an interstate or New Zealand estate agent's licence

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Before starting your application

Eligibility

To apply under mutual recognition to work as an estate agent in Victoria, you must hold a current equivalent interstate or New Zealand estate agent’s licence.

Mutual recognition is only available for individuals, not companies.  If you intend to operate through a company, it must also be licensed in Victoria. For more information, view our Apply for an estate agent's licence - company page.

If you wish to apply for mutual recognition as an agent's representative (salesperson), refer to the eligibility requirements on our Agents’ representative’s page.

Ineligibility

You are automatically ineligible to be licensed if you are:

  • under 18 years of age; or
  • a represented person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (where a guardian or administrator has been appointed); or
  • as an individual or as a director or officer of a company, currently disqualified from holding an estate agent's licence (or equivalent) anywhere in Australia or elsewhere, or the subject of an order by any regulatory body disqualifying you or the company from acting as an estate agent or equivalent.

You may also be ineligible if:

  • you are currently insolvent under administration (bankrupt, debt agreements under Part IX or Part X); or
  • within the last 10 years, you have been convicted or found guilty (whether or not a conviction was recorded) of a disqualifying offence involving fraud, dishonesty, drug trafficking or violence which is punishable by imprisonment for three months or more (whether or not a sentence of imprisonment was imposed); or
  • you have ever had a claim admitted against you from the Victorian Property Fund or Estate Agents' Guarantee Fund.

Permission

For bankruptcy, disqualifying criminal offences and claims against the Victorian Property Fund or Estate Agents' Guarantee Fund you can still apply for, and may be granted, a licence. Based on the result of background checks, you may be required to apply for permission to be licensed. The BLA will notify you via myCAV. For more information, view our Disqualification and permissions page.

Fees

The application fee for 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 is $432.70.

The application fee must be paid at the time of application. The fee is non-refundable.

How to apply

From 15 November 2017, you must use our online myCAV system to apply for an estate agent’s individual licence.

To start using myCAV, you will need to create your own myCAV account, using a personal email address to verify your identity and sign in to your account.

Complete and lodge your application in myCAV:

Start application

For more information, view our myCAV for estate agents page.

Additional documents required with the application

You must attach the following additional documents to your application in myCAV:

  • Copies of one of the following identification documents (does not need to be certified):
    • Birth certificate
    • Drivers licence
    • Current passport, or passport that expired in the past two years.
    • A copy of your current real estate licence certificate issued by the relevant interstate or New Zealand licensing body.

After you lodge your application

The Business Licensing Authority (BLA) will contact the interstate or New Zealand licensing body you are registered with to verify the information provided in your application.

When you lodge a valid mutual recognition application, you are deemed to be registered as an estate agent in Victoria. You can work as an estate agent until the BLA makes its decision. While you are deemed to be registered, you are bound by the laws and disciplinary provisions of the relevant Victorian legislation.

Processing time

To avoid delays, please complete the application correctly in myCAV and attach all necessary documents.

The average processing time is approximately 30 days.

Additional information

When considering your application, the BLA may require you to provide further information. Communications such as requests for further information will be sent to you in myCAV. Please check the Notifications in your myCAV account.

The BLA may refuse your application if you do not provide this within a reasonable timeframe.

Change of information

If any change occurs in the information you have provided in your licence application, you must notify the BLA in writing using the BLA enquiry form within 14 days of becoming aware of the change.

Sharing your information

The BLA gives your information to:

  • Consumer Affairs Victoria
  • other law enforcement and regulatory bodies.

These organisations may report any relevant information to the BLA.

For privacy information, view our Information and privacy - Business Licensing Authority page.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw your application in writing using the BLA enquiry form at any time before it has been determined by the BLA. Please note that the fee is non-refundable.

Refusal of your application

The BLA may postpone or refuse your registration if:

  • any statements or information in your application are materially false or misleading
  • your interstate or New Zealand licence certificate is not provided, or is materially false or misleading
  • the occupation you seek recognition for in Victoria is not equivalent to your interstate or New Zealand licence
  • your circumstances have materially changed since lodging the application.  

If the BLA refuses your application or you disagree with the conditions or restrictions, you can apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a review of the decision.

Successful application

You will be notified of the BLA's decision via myCAV. If your registration is granted, you can view and print a copy of your licence certificate in your myCAV account, which may include conditions or restrictions to achieve equivalency with your recognised licence. 

Once your licence is recognised, the Estate Agents Act 1980 and its Regulations govern your conduct as an estate agent and your ongoing eligibility to work in the Victorian real estate industry. You should familiarise yourself with your ongoing obligations and licensing requirements in Victoria.

Conditions on a licence

The BLA may impose conditions:

  • which must be complied with before the BLA grants a licence
  • on granting a licence
  • at any time after a licence is granted.

The BLA may also vary or revoke any conditions or restrictions imposed on a licence at any time.

Restrictions

Restrictions are imposed on Victorian licences for some applications made under mutual recognition. The following information lists restrictions that apply to holders of the most common interstate licences and registrations. If your licence or registration is not listed, contact the BLA to confirm the restrictions that may apply.

Australian Capital Territory

Real estate agent’s licence:

  • Cannot conduct auctions for rural real estate or a business

New South Wales

Real estate agent’s licence:

  • Cannot conduct auctions
  • No estate agent activity involving the sale or purchase of a business

Real estate agent’s licence with an accreditation as auctioneer:

  • No estate agent activity involving the sale or purchase of a business
  • Cannot conduct auctions of a business

Business agent’s licence

  • Can only conduct estate agent activity involving the auction, sale or purchase of a business

Northern Territory

Real estate agent’s licence:

  • Cannot conduct auctions
  • No estate agent activity involving the sale or purchase of a business

Queensland

Real estate agent's licence:

  • Cannot conduct auctions

Auctioneer's licence:

  • No equivalent licence; however, if you hold this auctioneer's licence together with the real estate licence listed above, then you will be entitled to an unrestricted Victorian licence.

South Australia

Land agent registration:

  • No restrictions

Tasmania

Registration as real estate agent:

  • No restrictions

Western Australia

Real estate and business licence:

  • Cannot conduct auctions

If your licence or registration does not appear in the table above, you can find this information on the Licence Recognition website. If you need further help to confirm that restrictions apply, contact the BLA.

Once your licence is recognised, the Estate Agents Act 1980 and its Regulations govern your conduct as an estate agent in Victoria.

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