6 September 2019

REINSW celebrates win as industry reform edges closer

After years of lobbying for an improvement in the education and training standards of the property industry, REINSW celebrated a win on Wednesday when the New South Wales Government announced it was seeking feedback on three draft documents that will implement long overdue industry reforms.

“This takes us a giant step closer to our goal” said REINSW CEO Tim McKibbin.

“The current education requirement not only fails to prepare agents to respond to the reasonable expectations of consumers, it fails people wanting a career in real estate practice.

Currently, 80 percent of new entrants are leaving the industry in the first year.”

Traditionally, gaining a qualification for entry to the property services industry required three years at TAFE.

In 2003, the education requirement was slashed to just four days by NSW Fair Trading, meaning a certificate of registration to become an agent can be obtained in less than a week.

“Real estate transactions have become increasingly more complex and require an experienced and dedicated specialist. Four days of training with zero practical experience is not enough,” said Mr McKibbin.

Another concern for REINSW is the lack of training provided to property managers who are tasked with inspecting vital property safety systems despite having no qualifications or experience, leaving both the manager and tenant at risk.

This step by the Government follows a tireless ten-year campaign by REINSW to increase standards across the industry and in turn raise the profile and professionalism of the real estate sector.

REINSW congratulates Better Regulation minister Kevin Anderson, who has worked quickly since his appointment on these vital reforms and hopes he will continue this effort until the industry sees lasting change.

The consultation period on the draft requirements is open until 2 October 2019.

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For more information, please contact:

Emma Handreck  + 61 2 8267 0504 | [email protected]


The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW) is the peak industry body for real estate agents and property professionals in NSW. It represents more than 2000 agencies across residential sales, property management, commercial, strata management, buyers’ agency, agency services and auctioneering. Established in 1910, REINSW works to improve the standards, professionalism and expertise of its members to continually evolve and innovate the industry. It lobbies the government and industry on behalf of members, develops new products and services to benefit agencies and professionals, and offers training and ongoing professional development. For more information, visit reinsw.com.au.