Ex-Government Auctions in Australia

Local, state and federal governments are a big consumer within the Australian economy and regularly need to update and replace all the items and equipment that makes all their operations tick. They often use auctions to dispose of vehicles, surplus/obsolete equipment, land and buildings, office equipment, local council machinery and much more.

Items may come various departments such as defence, for example army surplus, or it may be office equipment from any of the large number of government agencies and departments.

Items and equipment are generally well maintained under strict maintenance schedules, although, care should still be taken as they may not receive the loving care that a private owner would give. Sales are generally conducted by a third party and can be on-site at government branch or at the auction centre.

What items are for sale at government auctions?
Too numerous to list but the most common regular sales are for cars and IT equipment,  other sales often feature machinery, houses, land, boats, airplanes and much more. Not forgetting local department auctions for seized, lost, unclaimed, surplus goods and the like.

Where have the items come from?
Usually, the most common sales come from the regular updating of cars, vehicles, machinery, computer and IT equipment. There’s also department closures, equipment sold off after a project completion, and there’s often gov surplus auctions where you can find lots of new and unused items being cleared. Police departments and Customs agencies often auction off seized, stolen and unclaimed goods.

Tips for buying
Look carefully at items you wish to bid on or purchase. Items are almost always sold as is, meaning that if it does not work as you expected it to, or other problem, arise, you cannot return the item.

If there is a preview for the auction you plan to attend, take advantage of it. In some cases, the items will not be available for review during the auction, so it is advisable to attend the auction preview to look at items you are interested in.

Where to find Gov Auctions?
Many of the auctioneers listed in the our own Auction Site directory hold sales on behalf of government agencies and departments. Also keep a close eye on the Saturday edition of major newspapers in your area for sale listings and keep an eye on the local, state and federal gov web sites.

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8 replies to “Ex-Government Auctions in Australia

  1. Tania

    Most govt dept./offices have zip taps for instant boiling and chilled water.Any go 4 auction?

  2. admin

    I would not say they were common place, but I have seen the self standing hot and cold water fountains at auction before. I havent seen any hard fitted benchtop style Zip taps, they more than likely get left in the building. That’s not to say you won’t get lucky if you are patient, and keep an eye on the listings each week..

  3. Rosa Romeo

    Hi, trying to find auction for ladies handbags and accessories. Would you be able to let me know if and when there on?

    Thanks Rose

  4. PETER

    Any ex-government houses on sale?

  5. Neville Stanley

    Dear Sir,

    I am interested in government tenders selling used computer equipment having been phased out.
    This is applicable to both state and Federal government.
    Is there a site where it gets advertised?
    Or a newspaper would be the preferred option?!

    Thank you for your time.


  6. mark hanneman

    do they auction off inert brass shells im am a collector just wondering where i can get used shells and the like any help would b great

  7. Rob brown


    I am after a pommel horse, any ideas??



  8. Ciele

    I have notice massive 6&8 foot aquariums (fish tanks) sitting empty in a government building in Brisbane. Any chance these will come to auction?

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