Licensing and registration - real estate

Real estate and business agents licensing, registration and code of conduct

In Western Australia, individuals, partnerships or companies wishing to operate as real estate or business agents are required, under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978, to be licensed and hold a current triennial certificate.

Similarly, an individual wishing to work as a real estate or business sales representatives must be registered and work under the supervision of a licensee.

The licensing system administered by Consumer Protection ensures only suitably qualified people are allowed to operate in the real estate industry. It requires applicants to have certain qualifications, experience, and be a person of good character and repute.

Licensing information kit

Licensing forms

If you have any questions about the application process, please phone the licensing advice line on 1300 304 064 (option 2) 8:30am – 5:00pm weekdays. Please note: the following forms must be witnessed by an authorised witness.

Real estate and business agents

New licence application

New licence application forms - these forms are for real estate and business agents only,  NOT FOR USE BY registered sales representatives or property managers. 

Prior to conducting business as an agent you will need to complete the Notification of Commencement of Trading form.

Before conducting business at any branch office you must provide written notice of its address and nominate a manager who holds a current triennial certificate. You are also required to provide written notice of any changes to existing branch offices. Written notices are accepted by email or post directed to Consumer Protection – Licensing Services.

Renewal forms 

Real estate agent renewals must be approved by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection before the expiry of the triennial certificate otherwise fidelity fund coverage does not apply.

To allow enough time for processing and any follow-up requirements relating to your application, it’s important to lodge your completed renewal application with all documentation at least one month before the expiry date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Registered Sales representatives and property managers

New registration form

This form is for new registrations only. If you already hold a registration limited to property management and you wish to remove the property management condition from your registration, please submit your request by email along with evidence of your completion of the relevant modules of the CPP07 National Training Package.

Renewal of registration form

Renewals must be approved by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection. 

It’s important to lodge a complete application early to ensure it is considered before the expiry date. If the renewal is not processed and granted by the Commissioner by the expiry date, you are no longer licensed to work. Renewal applications received after the expiry date will incur a 25% late fee during the “grace period”.

To allow enough time for processing and any follow-up requirements relating to your application, lodge your completed renewal application with all documentation at least one month before the expiry date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Developers

Information about real estate developers responsibilities and registration requirements

Fees

Full list of property industry licences fees.

Information for real estate and business agents

Once a licence is granted, it is continuous unless cancelled through the operation of the Act or following disciplinary proceedings. However, a licence alone does not give the licensee the right to carry on business as an agent. A licensee must also hold a current triennial certificate. Consumer Protection issues successful applicants with a triennial certificate at the time a licence is granted, and it must be renewed every three years.

Consumer Protection may grant three types of licences:

  • Individual - suitable for someone wanting to operate as a sole trader; 
  • Partnership or firm - suitable for a group of individuals or a business partnership; or 
  • Body corporate - only a company, which is incorporated by definition under Australian Corporations Law, may apply through its directors for a body corporate licence.  

Regardless of the type of licence, the trading name of the agency will need to be registered if it is different to the name of the licence holder.

If a licence holder does not wish to continue to carry on business, then they may put their licence on hold by paying the required holding fee.

Note: You will need to notify the Commissioner of any changes to partners, directors or person in bona fide control

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