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A Retail Buyer selects and buys goods for resale in a retail establishment. In Australia a Retail Buyer is a Skill Level 3 occupation.




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Group: 6392 Retail and Wool Buyers



Job Description - Registered Migration Australia

The job of a Retail Buyer in Australia is to select and buy goods for resale in retail establishments, and value and buy wool sold by wool growers.



  • monitoring sales data and stock levels, and studying trade, manufacturers' and market information to keep informed of changing market conditions
  • negotiating purchase, promotion and supply arrangements with suppliers
  • designing and implementing pricing, marketing, promotional and display strategies
  • liaising with management on long-term planning and sales promotions
  • establishing working plans according to seasonal and budgetary requirements
  • anticipating consumer trends and determining quantity, style and quality of goods to be purchased
  • inspecting, comparing, selecting and valuing wool by determining colour, yield, micron and length
  • inspecting and buying wool at auction, in wool brokers' stores and in farm sheds
  • receiving samples from scoured wool exchanges
  • may visit freezing works to buy slipe wool

Skill Level

Most occupations in the Retail Buyer unit group (Group 6392) have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below. 

In Australia: 

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3) 

In New Zealand: 
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3) 

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.


Occupations within the Retail Buyer Group



Note: Whilst a similar occupation may appear in the same wool buyer group if not specifically listed in the STSOL or MLTSSL the ANZSCO description should be used for reference purposes only.


English Requirement


  • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;
  • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);
  • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


  • Australian Graduate exceptions apply in some states/territories
  • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories
  • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland


Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



Visa Caveat


  • The following caveat applies for Subclass 457 visa or ENS Direct Entry Stream applications:
    Caveat 11:
    The position:
    (a) is based in a front line retail setting; or
    (b) predominantly involves direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis.


Assessment Authority


  • Retail Buyer is currently assessed with VETASSESS, more info regarding assessment bodies


Average Income Retail Buyer

The average salary for Retail Buyers in Australia is $ 96,725 for male employees and $ 95,425 for female employees per year. Average Age: Males: 42 Females: 36.4 Persons: 38.7


Source: (Group 6392) Retail and Wool Buyers - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016


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