A Retail Buyer selects and buys goods for resale in a retail establishment.
Skill Level 3
Merchandise Planner - in charge of developing merchandise strategies for their company
Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:
» Merchandise Planner
Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:
» Marketing Specialist
» Store Manager
» Retail Manager
» Sales Support Workers
These occupations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO or are not at the required skill level.
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Caveats Caveat 11
Group: 6392 Retail and Wool Buyers
Retail Buyer is a VETASSESS Group D occupation
This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III or IV or higher.
Applicants can fulfil the assessment criteria for this occupation in four different ways.
Qualification and employment criteria
Applicants must have fulfilled at least one of the following four criteria (1–4):
* Additional qualifications in a highly relevant field of study include those comparable to the following levels:
AQF Advanced Diploma
AQF Associate Degree or
AQF Graduate Diploma
** Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week)
minimum years of employment highly relevant to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
minimum 4 years of relevant employment required – three years of relevant employment (can be outside the last 5-year period) in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment within the last
five years before applying.
*If employment is prior to the completion of the qualification at the required level, an applicant must
have at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level within the last five years.
The remaining three years of pre-qualifying period may be within the last ten years.
A positive assessment of both qualification level and employment duration is required for a positive
Skills Assessment outcome.
AQF Certificate III or IV or higher qualification*
Highly relevant major fields of study include
- Merchandise Planning, Marketing, and Retail Management.
*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor,
Master and Doctoral level.
Highly relevant tasks include:
» 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
Retail Buyers purchase goods to be sold in retail stores. They may purchase goods locally, interstate
or overseas. In large department stores, Buyers may specialise in certain types of merchandise (textiles,
fashion, hardware or toys, for example). In small businesses, owners normally do their own retail
buying after consultation with their staff.
A positive skills assessment for Retail Buyer requires a dedicated retail buying role.