Australian Property Services Association

The Australian Property Services Association (APSA) is a registered trade union representing those who work in an 'operational capacity' in the real estate industry.  It commenced operations on 1 March 2014.  APSA was established by the amalgamation of the only two federally-registered employee associations for property professionals - the Property Sales Association of Queensland (PSAQ), and the Real Estate Association of NSW (REA NSW).

Members of the APSA committee of management reflect a diversity of backgrounds, and all are (or have been) real estate salespeople or property managers with extensive experience.

APSA ensures that employees and independent contractors in the property sector have a legitimate 'voice', and are properly represented in all matters that affect their profession.

A number of national issues have emerged in recent times, in which APSA (or its forerunners) is or was closely involved:

  • Review of the Real Estate Industry Award 2010
  • 'Closing the door' on bogus and sham contracting
  • The proposed National Licensing System as it applies to property occupations.

APSA is wholly industry-based, and has extensive understanding of the issues effecting those who work in the property services sector.

Persons eligible to become APSA members

The following is an excerpt from the APSA Rules:

4. Eligibility

4.1  An unlimited number of the following categories of persons throughout Australia are eligible
       to become members of the association:

      (a) those persons who are employed, usually employed, qualified to be and
           desirous of being employed, or seeking to be employed:

           (1) in or in connection with the property sector

           (2) in or in connection with the real estate industry, including but not limited to:

                 i. real estate agency

                 ii business and hotel broking

                 iii. strata and community title management

                 iv. buyers agency

                 v. real estate valuation

                 vi. developers

                 vii. the provision of any other service that may be covered by the Real Estate Award 2010
                       as varied from time to time

           (3) by stock and station agents, other than clerical and administrative personnel.

      (b) persons whether engaged as aforesaid or not who are:

           (1) elected officers of the association

           (2) appointed officers of the association.

      (c) persons engaged as independent contractors who, if they were an employee performing work
           of the kind which they usually perform as an independent contractor, would be eligible for
           membership of the association.

4.2  Notwithstanding any other provision of these rules, nothing shall render eligible for membership
       of this association any person who is eligible for membership of the following organisations:

      (a) The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union

      (b) the Registered Real Estate Salespersons’ Association of South Australia.


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