The API Education Team are seeking expressions of interest from experienced rural valuers who would be willing to deliver a presentation as part of our new Rural Valuation Professional Certificate.

This certificate will be for experienced valuers who want to expand their skills and knowledge in rural valuation.

There will be two sections of the course for which we are seeking presenters:

1.      Introduction to Rural Valuations – Online Module

We are looking for members to present on the following topics (based on the chapters in Rural Valuation: the Australian guide to complex rural valuation practice (Baxter & Cohen 2009)

  1. Introduction
  2. Geographic & Spatial Location
  3. The needs of enterprise
  4. The Impact of Management
  5. Externalities
  6. Rural Valuation Methodology

A further breakdown of these topics can be found further down the page.

You may be interested in presenting all or part of each topic – you can let us know in the expression of interest form below.

These presentations are to be general in their nature as they are to cover rural valuations across Australia.

2.      Rural Valuations Workshop

We will be running  Rural Valuations Workshops in each state/territory (commencing later this year for Eastern states, then rolling out to other jurisdictions in 2020). The workshops will cover the specifics for the state/territory that they are run in.

There will be an overview of the state/territory rural environment, themes, trends, tips, data sources, etc.

We would also like to cover some case studies/presentations of particular areas specific to that jurisdiction that could include (depending on the state/territory) such topics as:

  • Particular Crops (unique or major to the state)
  • Particular Livestock (unique or major to the state)
  • Weather and Climate
  • Impact of other industries on rural land (e.g. mining, property development, etc.)

Other suggested topics for the workshops would be welcomed from members.

If you are interested in presenting in either the online module or workshops (or would just like to suggest topics or speakers) please let us know by filling in the expression of interest form below.

Rural Valuation Topics (based on Rural Valuation: the Australian guide to complex rural valuation practice - Baxter & Cohen 2009)

1.      Introduction

a.      Valuation basics

b.      Farm land as entity

c.      The implication of Native Title

d.      Market, and other, value defined

e.      Most Probably Use – an introduction


2.      Geographic & Spatial Location

a.      Feasibility and land-use decision-making

b.      Weather and Climate

c.      Rainfall

d.      Evaporation

e.      Wind patterns

f.       Temperature

g.      Growing seasons

h.      Topography

i.       Soil

j.       Leaching

k.      Water movement in soil

l.       Chemical reaction

m.    Fertilisers

n.      Farm size and shape

o.      Land degradation

p.      Other issues

q.      Matching the district norms to plants and their needs


3.      The needs of enterprise

a.      Grazing enterprises

b.      Some livestock basics

c.      Cropping enterprises

d.      Fruit and vegetable production

e.      Rural development

f.       Farm improvements

g.      Improvements on the land

h.      Economic location


4.      The Impact of Management

a.      Land management

b.      Developing a Business Plan

c.      Management Strategies to cope with drought

d.      Machinery use

e.      Risk

f.       Financing the farm

g.      Investment and return

h.      Sustainability


5.      Externalities

a.      Rural industries and valuation practice

b.      Agriculture economics and world politics

c.      Measuring economic indicators at farm level

d.      Trade agreements

e.      Kyoto protocol and impacts

f.       Infrastructure development

g.      Directions


6.      Rural Valuation Methodology

a.      Market analysis: what is it that we are looking for?

b.      Sales analysis

c.      Information available to the valuer

d.      Property identification in practice

e.      Application of valuation principles to rural land

f.       Interview techniques

g.      Inspection and field notes

h.      Valuation approach sales analysis

i.       The Choice of Unit in Rural Valuation work

j.       Farm improvements and their valuation

k.      Valuation of different land categories

l.       Differing soils and land classes

m.    Valuation of different land categories

n.      Differing soils and lad classes

o.      Valuation of grazing and cropping country

p.      Analysis using Statistical Techniques


For further information or questions please contact:

Cheryl Lewis-Fitzgerald 

Education Development Manager

Expression of Interest