We regret to announce the passing of Stuart McDonald AAPI CPV, a notable figure in the Australian Property Institute and an expert in rural property valuation. Born on 21 December 1982, Stuart was acclaimed for his significant contributions to the profession; his dedication to mentorship; and his commitment to furthering educational pursuits in property valuation.

Career and Achievements

Stuart began his illustrious property career in 2001 with Robert J Kent & Associates. In 2005, he commenced work with the South Australia State Valuation Office (Office of the Valuer-General) where he was a key figure in initiating a pivotal graduate development program, reflecting his early commitment to education and professional growth.

Stuart became a member of the Australian Property Institute in 2007, where he quickly established himself as a dedicated and skilled professional. By 2010, he had attained the status of Associate Certified Practising Valuer (CPV), marking a significant early milestone in his career.

Stuart joined Preston Rowe Paterson (PRP) in 2009 where he remained for 14 years. Each year bringing him new successes, and recognised with his elevation to the Head of Agribusiness and Rural Valuations. His expertise covered a broad spectrum of valuation, but he became a well-known expert and leader in rural valuation. In late 2023, Stuart embarked on a new chapter with LAWD, where he continued to apply his vast expertise. Stuart’s dedication to excellence being recognised by PRP and the profession with his nomination to the Young Achiever of the Year Award at the API’s 2017 National Excellence in Property Awards.

Educational Contributions

Stuart’s passion for lifelong learning was evident through his extensive academic pursuits, including degrees in Business (Property), Applied Project Management, and Corporate Governance, alongside his studies towards a Juris Doctor. His role as a guest lecturer at RMIT University and contributions to professional development within the API underscored his commitment to nurturing the next generation of property professionals. Stuart participated in the API CPD committee over several years and volunteered his time to conduct interviews of aspiring API applicants.


Stuart McDonald on 27 March 2024 left behind a significant legacy of professionalism, mentorship, and a deep commitment to the property valuation sector.

Stuart will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by colleagues, clients, mentees, and industry professionals alike.