Date

September 5-8, 2017

Location

Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 16 Hindmarsh Square Adelaide, 5000, AU

about / Auctioneering Championships

The Australasian Auctioneering Championships is an annual event representing the most skilled and professional auctioneers that New Zealand and Australia have to offer.

The Championships are conducted jointly by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) and the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA). The Real Estate Institute of the South Australia (REISA) is proud to be hosting the 2017 Championships and we invite you to join us for this exceptional event at Crowne Plaza Adelaide from 5 – 7 September. .

Past Winners

The past winners of the prestigious Real Estate Institutes' Australasian Auctioneering Championships


2016

Justin Nickerson

Queensland

2015

Harry Li

Victoria

2014

Andrew North

New Zealand

2013

Daniel Coulson

New Zealand

2012

Daniel Coulson

New Zealand

2011

Mark Sumich

New Zealand

2010

Jason Andrew

Queensland

2009

Phil McGoldrick

New Zealand

2008

Mark Sumich

New Zealand

2007

Mark Sumich

New Zealand

2006

Scott Kennedy-Green

New South Wales

2005

Justin Long

Victoria

2003

Peter Kakos

Victoria

2001

Michael McCarthy

Victoria

1999

John McGrath

New South Wales

1997

Peter Hawkins

Victoria

1995

Peter Batrouney

Victoria

1993

Michael Brock

South Australia

Competitors


Mark McGoldrick

Mark has completed 3 years as an auctioneer in Canterbury, all with NZ Powerhouse Harcourts. For him the competitions were a non-negotiable because his brother, mentor (and at that time boss) Phil was and is among the legends of the Kiwi comps, not to mention the Austros. The reasons for non-negotiability are yes, to compete against the best. But also to be a better auctioneer, to be better at the day job.

A well-travelled Kiwi and now family man, Mark still enjoys his sports, outdoor pursuits and social excursions."

Bronte Manuel

The 2015, 2016 and 2017 REISA Auctioneering Championships winner, Australasian Auctioneering Championships contestant and past winner of the Golden Gavel (2014), Bronte has started his auction competition on a high note, having only appeared on the competition scene in the past three years.

Bronte’s relaxed country auction style comes from his background in selling Riverland Real Estate. Bronte is focused on his training and hopes to put SA auctioneers on the Australasian map in the not too distant future.

Ned Allison

Ned saw Auctioneering as an exciting opportunity to expand his horizons and scope of practice. He enjoys the fast-paced nature of an auction, the engagement with the bidders, and achieving great results for his owners. With 4 years of full time calling behind him he is always looking to grow and improve as an auctioneer. The competitions offer a great chance to run against some of the best auctioneers in Australasia and put his abilities to the ultimate test.

Clarence White

Clarence began his auctioneering career with McGrath Estate Agents and spent 4 years there before joining the team at Bresic Whitney in 2017. In 2014 he won the REINSW Award for Excellence (Auctioneer) and was a finalist at the Australasian Auctioneering Championships. In 2015 he was again a finalist in the REINSW Award for Excellence (Auctioneer) category.

Justin Nickerson

Justin’s unwavering belief and understanding of the auction process is the cornerstone of his working relationships. His love of auctioneering translates to an energy that is irresistible on auction day.

One of Australia's most highly regarded auctioneers, Justin is formally recognised as the leading auctioneer across Australia, winning the prestigious Australasian Auctioneer of the Year for 2016. He is a four time winner of the REIQ Auctioneer of the Year award for 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2013 making him the state's most awarded auctioneer of all time.

AJ Colman

Adrian AJ Colman is an Independent Auctioneer servicing the South Australian Real Estate industry conducting over 1000 Residential, Commercial & Rural property auctions since 2008.

Bronte Manuel

The 2015, 2016 and 2017 REISA Auctioneering Championships winner, Australasian Auctioneering Championships contestant and past winner of the Golden Gavel (2014), Bronte has started his auction competition on a high note, having only appeared on the competition scene in the past three years.

Bronte’s relaxed country auction style comes from his background in selling Riverland Real Estate. Bronte is focused on his training and hopes to put SA auctioneers on the Australasian map in the not too distant future.

Alec Brown

Alec Brown has a true passion for auctioneering and achieving the best results. With a focus on creating a truly exceptional experience Alec strives to make each auction better than his last.

Having a full understanding and belief of the whole auction process is something Alec prides himself on and is always more than happy to share his knowledge to his colleagues and clients. Training and mentoring up and coming auctioneers is a new avenue that Alec has recently embarked.

As well as calling the top three highest residential auction sales in the ACT, Alec often participates in charity events, even securing himself this year’s ‘Allhomes Charity Auctioneer of the Year’. Alec loves using his skills to help the community in any way he can.   

Andrew Potts

Andrew Potts is a licensed real estate agent & auctioneer in the ACT.

Since commencing his real estate career in 2005, Andrew has consistently achieved outstanding results. His technical and market knowledge, coupled with meticulous follow up and a strong work ethic, has allowed him to maximize the value of his clients' property assets.

As an auctioneer, Andrew’s professional approach & calming demeanor is an asset for both sellers & agents alike. His goal is to ensure all parties involved have a positive experience on auction day. This, along with a high auction success rate, has ensured his continued success.

Jesse Davidson

Jesse has now been conducting auctions at auctionWORKS for 9 years, earning him the role as a Director in the business. In 2010 he won the REINSW Novice Auctioneer of the year. This was followed up with the REINSW Senior Auctioneer of the year in 2015 and a finalist in 2016. Jesse is also a two-time NSW representative. He prides himself on his relaxed and friendly style and boasts some of the best clients in the industry.

Clarence White

Clarence began his auctioneering career with McGrath Estate Agents and spent 4 years there before joining the team at Bresic Whitney in 2017. In 2014 he won the REINSW Award for Excellence (Auctioneer) and was a finalist at the Australasian Auctioneering Championships. In 2015 he was again a finalist in the REINSW Award for Excellence (Auctioneer) category.

Ned Allison

Ned saw Auctioneering as an exciting opportunity to expand his horizons and scope of practice. He enjoys the fast-paced nature of an auction, the engagement with the bidders, and achieving great results for his owners. With 4 years of full time calling behind him he is always looking to grow and improve as an auctioneer. The competitions offer a great chance to run against some of the best auctioneers in Australasia and put his abilities to the ultimate test.

Mark McGoldrick

Mark has completed 3 years as an auctioneer in Canterbury, all with NZ Powerhouse Harcourts. For him the competitions were a non-negotiable because his brother, mentor (and at that time boss) Phil was and is among the legends of the Kiwi comps, not to mention the Austros. The reasons for non-negotiability are yes, to compete against the best. But also to be a better auctioneer, to be better at the day job.

A well-travelled Kiwi and now family man, Mark still enjoys his sports, outdoor pursuits and social excursions."

Daniel Harris

When Daniel Harris takes the stage and performs an auction, it’s obvious he came from under the wing of a long line of gun auctioneers in the top end.

Never one to be outdone, Daniel’s involvement in hundreds of auctions with Darwin’s largest agency Real Estate Central in the Northern Territory has instilled in him all the skills of a brilliant auctioneer with a determination for achieving outstanding results. Daniel’s natural ability to connect and communicate with people saw him expand Real Estate Centrals dominance of the Top End Auction business and grow its market share considerably.

Daniel’s skill in commanding the attention of people in everyday life translates into the auctioneering arena where he engages the crowd to achieve the highest possible price every time. Daniel is a young, enthusiastic and energetic auctioneer driven by a passion for exceeding his client’s expectations. His thorough understanding of the dynamics of the auction process coupled with his total professionalism has made Daniel an exciting talent on the auctioneering podium.

Karl Secondis

Karl Secondis has been auctioneering for over 20 years in the Territory and is certainly well known for his passion and success.

He certainly knows his business well and continues to surround himself with the market leaders within the auction fraternity across Australia as it assists him in keeping on top of his game.

Karl also gives back each year to his local community lending his skills as an auctioneer to raise much needed funds for various organisations such as the Starlight Foundation. In the last 3 years Karl has raised almost half a million dollars from just 3 charity auction events at the Paspaley Star Ball.

Karl is committed to being the best auctioneer he can be so that he can offer his clients the opportunity to obtain the very best result on auction day.

Matthew Condon

Integrity underpins everything Matthew Condon aspires to be and do. While still eminently able to put on a show, he’s ultimately a no-nonsense and honest auctioneer, always seeking the best outcome for all parties.

Matthew initially cut his real estate teeth on sales in a major franchise group, quickly proving his competence with the auction process as it became his naturally preferred method of sale. This experience proved to be a solid foundation for his subsequent career as a professional auctioneer.

Now almost a decade later, Matthew is proud to include several high profile Brisbane agencies amongst his loyal client base and has successfully sold thousands of properties under the hammer.

Many of these have involved some level of independent and creative negotiation between seller and buyer to finalise a sale, another skill Matthew has become valued for by his partner agents.

From entry-level through to high-end prestige property, Matthew is equally at home with any call, easily adapting his style to suit the occasion and the audience.

Justin Nickerson

Justin’s unwavering belief and understanding of the auction process is the cornerstone of his working relationships. His love of auctioneering translates to an energy that is irresistible on auction day.

One of Australia's most highly regarded auctioneers, Justin is formally recognised as the leading auctioneer across Australia, winning the prestigious Australasian Auctioneer of the Year for 2016. He is a four time winner of the REIQ Auctioneer of the Year award for 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2013 making him the state's most awarded auctioneer of all time.

Conor Canning

Conor Canning is one of Hobart’s leading real estate professionals with a focus on creating clients for life through high quality honest service and going above and beyond to secure the best possible price for his clients. Conor has also been able to maintain a 100% positive feedback on popular rating website ratemyagent.com.au through constant communication and a strong work ethic.

He has been nominated for the Rising Star Award and was recognised as a top two salesperson in Tasmania at the 2016 Ray White awards night. Conor is also a keen auctioneer and has competed in national auctioneering competitions; charity auctions and the recent Ray White “Raise More Hands” event calling over twenty auctions in one night.

Conor is prolific on social media and has several thousand followers on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as his personal website www.conorcanning.com that he utilises to maximise exposure for his clients.

When Conor is not selling property, he can be found with his partner Alice looking after their 4 horses or running on Lauderdale beach with his dog Ollie. Conor supports a number of community events and charities as a member of the Hobart Town Lions Club and a major sponsor of Metro Football Club.

Prior to real estate Conor served in the Australian Army as well as spending time as a journalist for a number of Tasmanian publications. Conor completed a degree in Journalism and International Relations at the University of Tasmania.

Andrew de Bomford

Andrew is a 16 year veteran of the real estate industry and has been working with Harcourts Burnie for the last 7 years.

A passionate exponent of the Auction process and he has been the no.1 Auction listing Agent for Harcourts Tasmania 5 out of the last 7 years.

Andrew and his wife Heidi have 7 adult children between them, the youngest being a set of identical twin boys who have just turned 18.

A bricklayer by trade Andrew’s catch cry is “I used to build them now I sell them”.

Harry Li

As a former winner of the Australasian Auctioneering Championships, Harry knows the tough road ahead to be able to regain the title.

Even though the level of competition is getting better by the year, Harry’s determined to not only bring the title back to Victoria, but also join the rare club of winning the competition multiple times.

Michael Wood

A genuine love of real estate is reflected in his enthusiasm, hard work and commitment to achieving outstanding results for his clients. A talented auctioneer, Michael was selected as a finalist in the REIV senior auctioneering competition in 2013, 2014 & 2016. Michael’s passion for real estate has been at the expense of his golf handicap. He still tries to play as often as possible as a member of the Victoria Golf Club. He also frequently visits the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and enjoys using the club’s facilities by keeping fit in the gym or playing the odd game of tennis.

Tom Esze

Tom Esze commenced his real estate career in February 1987 following a six year engagement in the Australian Army.

Throughout his real estate path he has seen and experienced most scenarios that can happen to an agent, as well as practicing all methods of sale available in the market place… In his own words, “The method of sale by Auction is the most accountable and effective process available to the Seller and the Agent to realise the premium outcome!” He likens the process for an Agent to a skilful surgeon, scalpel in hand and performing a routine procedure with true precision and real conclusion!

David Vitale

In 2001 David began his career in Real Estate and has never looked back since. He has now had his own boutique agency ‘Vitale Fine Properties’ that specialises in selling and leasing properties in Perth's waterside suburbs for 10 years.

As an already successful ‘private treaty’ orientated agent, David further honed his skills and became an ‘auction focused’ agent due to developing a steadfast faith in the process when facilitated by a true professional. The natural progression from there was of course to become an Auctioneer. He now calls auctions for many agents all over Perth as a freelance Consultant Auctioneer and passionately advocates the advantages of going with the ‘auction option.’

Judges


Jonathon Moore - Chief Judge

Jonathon has 37 years of national and international auctioneering experience in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory and New Zealand.

He has conducted over 20,000 property auctions Conducting Residential, Rural, Commercial & Industrial auctions.

Jonathon sits on the REISA Auction Committee and has been Chief Judge for the REISA Auctioneering Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He is the Chief Judge for the Australasian Auctioneering Championships this year.

Peter Walker - Critique Judge

Peter entered the real estate industry in 1987 and is principal auctioneer at Bolton & Co. Peter’s love for auctioneering has made him a passionate student of the craft, committed to refining his auctioneering skills with the intention of one day becoming a full time auctioneer. Peter’s philosophy is “auctioneers do make a difference – if bidders are relaxed and enjoying themselves – they’re also likely to spend more”. Peter won the REIACT Auctioneer of the Year in 2007 and 2011, also the inaugural Canberra Times People’s Choice Auctioneer of the Year 2011 and the Allhomes People’s Choice award in 2014. Peter has competed five times at the REIA national auctioneering championships. This year Peter will be the inaugural critique judge for the Australasian Auctioneering Championships.

Sandra Masters

Sandra Masters commenced her real estate career over 15 years ago and once recognising her passion for all things people and property related, she quickly moved from reception, sales support, PA and after launching in to sales in 2006, has not looked back. Earning several State and National awards, and consistently ranking in the top of her field she is now one of the Principals of LJHooker Kippax and a Board member of the REI ACT with a passion for the Auction Chapter in particular.

Bob Jury

With more than 40 years’ experience as a professional auctioneer, Bob is a true auction guru. Previously the Auction Director for Raine & Horne, Bob has conducted more than 26,000 property auctions in all categories of real estate over the course of his career. He is still actively involved in auctions in Sydney every weekend. Bob is REINSW’s go-to trainer for the Auctioneers Accreditation course, as well as the Chief Judge for both the Awards for Excellence live auction final and the Novice Auctioneers Competition. His wealth of experience makes him ideally placed to facilitate the judging process.

Mark Sumich

Mark has been calling auctions on the streets of Auckland since 1987 and continues to perform as regularly as ever, both as a salesperson and as a freelance caller. He is a four-time NZ champion auctioneer and a 3-time Australasian winner, now also focused on training many of the up and coming callers on both sides of the Tasman. As part of the REINZ Auction Sector special interest group, he has been involved in the preparation of Codes of Practice/Conduct and agreements for the sale of property by auction and is well versed in all aspects of the craft. In these litigious times, he sees it as important that these groups are involved in advising the wider fraternity of the appropriate courses of action and behaviour. As NZ’s representative on the Australasian steering committee, he has taken an active role in overhauling the judging parameters around future competitions, as well as being responsible for the incorporation of the “7 Deadly Sins”.

Morgan Shearer

A veteran in real estate sales and auctions, Morgan has spent more than 30 years in the industry and is a three times winner of the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory (REINT) ‘Auctioneer of the Year’ award.

He is a past Vice President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia and past President and long-term board member of the Real Estate Institute on NT.

Morgan remains a fellow of the REIA and is a fully licensed Land and Business Agent.

Wally Boydell

Wally Boydell is a Fellow of the REIQ having been a selling Principal and Auctioneer since 1997.

He has been a regular judge of the Queensland Auctioneer of the Year competition for many years and a contestant in the competition beforehand. Wally has been a committee member of the REIQ Auctioneers Chapter and is still very involved in the industry as a Principal/Auctioneer.

Michael Fenn

Michael Fenn has been in Real Estate for 16 years and is a multiple franchise owner and Accredited Auctioneer with in the LJ Hooker family. He is part of the LJ Hooker Corporate Auction team in South Australia with notable Auctioneering achievements winner the prestigious Golden Gavel Auctioneering Championships 3 times, representing South Australia at the Australasian Auction championships on 5 times and being a grand finalist on 3 separate occasions. He brings a fresh, enthusiastic approach to the art of Auction and is looking forward to seeing the Contestants & the Australasians Auctioneer championships return to his home town not this time as a competitor but as a judge.

Michael Walsh

Michael has been in real estate for over 30 years and while he regularly auctions property on his own account, he is keen to put something back into the industry by way of being on the judging panel for eight years (2008-2015) of the REIT State Auction Champion ships. Although no longer a judge for the REIT Michael is heavily involved in the REIT Auction competition and takes great pleasure as the organiser of the REIT Schools Championship. He looks forward to playing his part in continuing to enhance the real estate profile and in particular, the exceptionally high standard of auctioneering in this part of the world.

Adam Docking

Adam is celebrating 25 years in real estate in the city he still lives in and loves.

As the director of Docking Real Estate, Adam is proud to be the face of a very personal style of property selling.

“Because we are a boutique agent, we are able to be totally ‘hands on’. That’s our point of difference. Once listed, a lot of agencies will flick the marketing to an assistant. That’s not our style, we are there for our clients from start to finish.”

For Adam, real estate is still a service industry that demands personal attention.

David Lynch

David Lynch has been an auctioneer for 25 years and is the current chairman of the REIWA Auction Committee, which he has served on for the last eight years.

David has spent many years training and coaching auctioneers and loves nothing better than helping future auctioneers and smashing down the gavel! Always keen to show his auction wares he excels in providing these services not only for property auctions but also for some of the biggest charities in Western Australia.

David has organised many auction competitions and loves creating a challenge come auction competition day!

Event Timeline

  • Delegates arrive in Adelaide
  • REIA Board Meeting (Directors only)
    8:30 – 11am
  • CEO Meeting for REI Forms Live
    9am – 11am
  • REI Training Managers meeting
    REI House, 249 Greenhill Road, Dulwich
    9:30am – 3:30pm
  • REIA Board Meeting
    11am – 4pm
  • Cocktail and Competition Draw
    Crowne Plaza Adelaide
    6pm – 7:30pm
  • The AAC Heats
    Crowne Plaza Adelaide 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Finalist Announcement Cocktail Party
    5:30pm – 7pm
  • Australasian Auctioneering Schools Championship
    Crowne Plaza Adelaide 10am – 11:30am
  • Australasian Auctioneering Championships Finals
    Crowne Plaza Adelaide 1:45pm – 4:30pm
  • Night at the Museum Presentation Dinner
    6pm – 10:30pm
  • After Party
    2KW Bar 10:30 – Late

Tourism & Activities

Australasian Auctioneering Schools Championship

The Real Estate Institutes’ of Australia and New Zealand present the Australasian Auctioneering Schools Championship to be held in conjunction with the Australasian Auctioneering Championships in Adelaide in September 2017. Come along and see the youth and vitality of the next generation of real estate agents. Students from Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria who have succeeded in their respective Real Estate Institute’s competitions and have earned the right to compete at the highest level.

Schools Championship - Competitors


Bailee Ha

Bailee is 17 years old and is currently a year 12 student at Roma Mitchell Secondary College.

Her future goals include becoming a real estate agent and owning her own business.

In her spare time she likes to read, cook and travel.

Amy-Lee Hay

Amy-Lee Hay is a year 12 student at Meningie Area School. She is 18 years of age and currently works three jobs!

Amy-Lee’s career goal is to own her own real estate agency and help people.

Her hobbies include playing football, interior decorating and socialising.

Jake Tanner

Jake is a 17 year old in year 11 at Temple Christian College.

In his spare time he enjoys acting and skateboarding.

Andre Briffa

Andre is from the Launceston Church Grammar School in Launceston, Tasmania and has welcomed the challenge and excitement of auctioneering. Andre became interested in the competition after a mysterious school presentation from school old boy and program mentor, David Jackson. This sparked a curiosity and interest which developed into an entirely new skill and opened up a wide selection of future career paths. He is particularly looking forward to the Australasian School Auction Competition, competing against some of Australia’s best. Andre is in grade 12 and is planning on exploring auctioneering and engineering next year in Melbourne or back home in Tasmania. Andre’s interests include field hockey, tennis, music and bush walking. Andre has one brother, James, parents Di and Peter, as well as beloved golden retriever, Daisy. He welcomes the challenge of the national competition as well as the opportunity to represent his home state.

Jordan Culham

Jordan Culham is a year 12 student at Melba College. He is 18 years of age.

Jordan’s career goal is to spend a few years in the Army before looking at a career in real estate.

Jordan is very passionate about soccer and spends a lot of time with his younger brothers playing football, riding scooters and playing basketball.

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Event Location

Crown Plaza Adelaide
16 Hindmarsh Square,
Adelaide, 5000, AU

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