Property Services Expert Panel

The property services sector has a new voice in Government discussions.

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Industry advice to Government

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Established in March 2021, the Property Services Expert Panel brings together representatives from across the sector to provide advice and recommendations to the NSW Government.

It will also support the roll-out of some significant reforms, including property and tenancy law reform, agent qualifications and professional development requirements. 

The Property Services Commissioner, John Minns, will work closely with the panel to strengthen its advice to Government.

Why the panel is needed

More than 37,000 property services professionals work in NSW, including:

  • real estate sales, buying and leasing agents - both residential and commercial
  • stock and station agents – buying and selling parcels of rural land and livestock
  • business agents – acting as brokers for the buying and selling of businesses
  • strata managing agents – acting for over 83,000 owners corporations in strata-titled buildings, and over 3,000 community land schemes.

This sector contributes over $100 billion to the NSW economy and employs more than 37,000 people across the state. So it’s important it has a voice in Government discussions on the issues and opportunities ahead.

Panel priorities

The panel has played a crucial role in advising Government about changes to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The panel also advises Fair Trading on the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of licensees and keeping educational qualifications requirements up to date and responsive to market trends.

In 2022, some rules that guide this sector will be updated. The panel is providing ongoing insights into this and other legislative reforms.

Meet the panel

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John Minns (Commissioner)
John has over 30 years’ experience in property industry leadership and transformation with Independent Property Group, Dexar Group and Laing & Simmons. John sold his interest in Independent Property Group in mid-2021. As Property Services Commissioner, John will bring his skills in property industry leadership to deliver new opportunities and performance benchmarks for consumers and the industry. Innovation, technology, collaboration, and education will be important elements in achieving these objectives.
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Chris Duggan (Chair)
Chris is the President of Strata Community Association NSW, the peak body for strata management in NSW. During his tenure, Chris has collaborated with Government, consumers and stakeholder groups to further the professional standing of strata management and establish a Professional Standards Scheme for strata managers in NSW.
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Sadhana Smiles
Sadhana is the CEO of Real Estate Industry Partners (REIP) and Director of Harcourts Move. Sadhana brings a unique perspective by combining her corporate and front-line roles. REIP is a collective of leaders who have come together to influence, unite and empower the industry. It currently represents over 50% of agents/agency brands nationally.
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John Gilmovich
John is the President of the Property Owners Association of NSW. He is a fully licensed property investing expert, with a 30-year career purchasing, managing and consulting in the private and public sectors. John has been part of the executive committee of the Real Estate Institute of NSW for the past decade.
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David Ferraz
David is the current NSW Chair of the Australian Institute of Business Brokers. He is also the Managing Director of Argus Business Brokers and Argus Business Valuations.
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Trevor Rawnsley
Trevor is the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of the Australian Resident Accommodation Managers Association (ARAMA). ARAMA is the peak industry body representing the interests of people who are involved in management rights. As CEO, Trevor is responsible for the financial performance of the association, member liaison and operational advice.
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Sasha Boe
Sasha has worked in the property vocational education and training sector for over 25 years. She is the founder of Real Estate Training Solutions and the longest sitting Director and Vice-Chair on Arts, Communications, Finance Industries and Property Services (ACFIPS) Industry Training Advisory Board.
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Peter Baldwin
Peter is the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association. He is a leading property auctioneer, third-generation licensed stock and station and real estate agent with over 35 years' industry experience throughout rural and metropolitan NSW.
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Bryan Wilcox
Bryan is the CEO of the Real Estate Employers’ Federation (REEF), the real estate industry’s leading workplace relations advisory service. Bryan has worked in the industry for more than 35 years. He holds a class 1 real estate agent's licence in NSW, a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Business Administration.
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Michael Wright
Michael has been a practising stock and station agent and real estate agent since 1985. He holds class 1 licences in both categories and is also an accredited auctioneer. He is the licensee in charge of Sydney-based Schute Bell.
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Angus Raine
Angus is Executive Chairman of Raine & Horne Group, which employs over 3,000 people across Australia and abroad. Angus is a licensed real estate agent, a certified stock and station agent, business broker, and registered real estate valuer. He is also a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) Industry Liaison Group.
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Joan Bird
Joan is the licensee and principal at Ray White Jindabyne. She has extensive experience in the short-term rental accommodation industry and a passion for regional business. For the last 3 years, Joan has worked with a voluntary association focusing on the development of short-term rental property initiatives and legislative requirements.
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Christopher Mourd
Christopher has extensive experience in the real estate industry. As Head of Franchise for McGrath Estate Agents, he oversees the operations and growth of McGrath’s eastern seaboard franchise network. Christopher is a former director of the Real Estate Institute of Australia and the former Head of Real Estate and Head of Commercial for LJ Hooker.
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Sylvia Cortez
Sylvia is the Chief Executive Officer at Estate Agents Co-operative (EAC). She has over 30 years' experience in finance and holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Legal Studies. Sylvia has worked alongside industry professionals and NSW Fair Trading to improve the property industry.
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Dr Adrian Carr
Adrian is the corporate licensee-in-charge (NSW) and Manager of Regulation of the PICA Group of strata companies (Prudential Investment Company of Australia Pty Ltd). Adrian has been with the PICA group since 2008. Before this, he was an associate professor, professor, and adjunct professor of management in several universities in Australia and overseas.


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