Franchise Opportunities

Our foundation stones for growth are People, Profitability and Wealth. It is these foundation stones that create a pathway for success in owning a real estate business with Elders.

We currently have opportunities available in the following areas:

  • Victoria Point (Brisbane bayside)
  • Wynnum / Manly (Brisbane bayside)
  • Kenmore (Brisbane West)
  • Forest Lake (Logan region)
  • Samford (Brisbane North)
  • Chermside (Brisbane North)
  • Sandgate (Brisbane North peninsula)
  • Ipswich
Contact Colin Hawkins for further details on 0428 712 773 or


  • Parramatta
  • Hurstville
  • Rockdale
  • Brighton
  • Cronulla
  • Sutherland
  • Miranda
  • Menai
  • North Sydney
  • Neutral Bay
  • Chatswood
  • Collaroy
  • Manly
  • Castle Hill
  • Newcastle
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Central Coast
  • Gosford
  • Ulladulla
  • Narooma
  • Sussex Inlet
  • Shellharbour
  • Miranda
  • Menai
  • Wagga

Contact Steve Murphy on 0429 468 759 or or Roylene Reilly on 0400 581 816 or for further details on NSW/ACT opportunities.

  • Warragul
  • Morwell
  • Traralgon
  • Ballarat
  • Shepparton
  • Sorell
  • New Norfold
  • Legana
  • Port Sorell
  • Devonport
  • East Coast
  • Smithton
Contract Darren Barlow on 0418 201 043 or for further details on SA/VIC/TAS opportunities.

For all Franchise Opportunity enquiries please contact our State based Franchise Managers direct, as follows:


Tom Russo - General Manager of Real Estate

Tom Russo - General Manager of Real Estate

Tom Russo was appointed as General Manager – Real Estate of Elders Ltd in January 2016 and has the responsibility for the strategic development of the Elders Real Estate group. This includes Rural and Residential Agency, Real Estate Franchise, Property Management, Water Trading, Agribusiness Investments, Conveyancing and Elders Home Loans.

Prior to this appointment Tom was the General Manager – Strategy and Business Development.  He played a pivotal role in devising and implementing the turnaround strategy for Elders, including executing a number of large and complex divestment initiatives, most notably Elders’ exit from its complex forestry MIS business.

Tom has previously been the Chief Executive of a specialist international law firm and practiced as a corporate lawyer in a leading law firm.  

Andrew Brien – National Head of Residential Real Estate

Andrew Brien – National Head of Residential Real Estate

Andrew brings extensive Real Estate experience having been a successful Elders Franchise owner (winner of Franchise of the Year 2009), and also holding multiple company roles starting with branch Real Estate sales person, moving to the management of the South Australian, Northern Territory, Victorian, NSW and Tasmanian Real Estate activity in the role of Real Estate Operations Manager South and then to the corresponding role in Western Australia.

Having held Real Estate licenses across multiple states, Andrew has a broad knowledge of the Real Estate industry and its diversity. Andrew has committed further to this knowledge by undertaking his MBA and Cert IV in Training and Assessment which he has now successfully completed.

Andrew is responsible for growth and strategic improvements for both Franchise and Company owned Residential Real Estate offices and will work with the entire Elders network to increase our footprint.

In his new role as National Head of Residential Real Estate, Andrew’s broad knowledge nationally of the Real Estate market will help Elders develop and grow.

Jenny Birrell - Operational Excellence Manager

Jenny Birrell - Operational Excellence Manager

Jenny commenced her Real Estate career in a wheatbelt town in WA over 30 years ago and since then has held a variety of senior management roles in both independent agency operations and within a large franchised group. Jenny is a licensed real estate agent who works closely with business owners, managers and property managers in a training and mentoring capacity.

With her extensive experience in all facets of the Real Estate industry including Financial Controller, Property Manager, Operations Manager, Business Development Manager and CEO of a large franchised group, Jenny has always been focused on providing support for Franchise Owners and helping them grow their businesses.

Jenny has a particular talent for helping business owners develop the value of their business through smart business planning, staff training and effective use of the tools available through the group.

The focus for this national operation role for Jenny will be to drive and manage new initiatives and ensure that training, systems and procedures are “best practice” across the Elders network.

Belinda Connor - Marketing Manager Real Estate

Belinda Connor - Marketing Manager Real Estate

Belinda is a senior marketing and communications specialist, with over 15 years’ experience in strategic marketing, branding, digital, customer service, business development, franchising, events and sponsorship. Working with both national and state based organisations, on local and international initiatives, across non profit and corporate organisations, Belinda has led large multidisciplinary marketing teams and strategic marketing projects for brands such as FOXTEL and Wendy’s.

Belinda’s most recent role was General Manager of Marketing and Programs with Business SA, the South Australian Chamber of Commerce. She holds two Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Marketing, and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration.  

Having joined Elders as Marketing Manager Real Estate, Belinda is responsible for the development and implementation of the marketing strategy to underpin aggressive growth of the Elders Real Estate network. Working in partnership with the network, Belinda will provide tactical campaign initiatives and work collaboratively with the Elders State teams to provide innovative solutions. 

Colin Hawkins - QLD

Colin Hawkins - QLD

Colin has been fortunate to have been in the Real Estate industry since 1990 and progressed to business ownership in 1994. In 1999, he moved in to Corporate Real Estate practice and has extensive experience in all facets of Franchising at Regional, State and National levels. This includes compliance, Franchise recruitment, marketing and Franchise harmony.

Specialising in business coaching, performance management and team development, Colin continually works with business owners and teams to achieve peak performance and profitability; this has allowed him to achieve a reputation for getting results.

Being responsible for integration of the regional business plan which is centered on growth, development and profitability of the network is a rewarding challenge to have and one that Colin thrives on.

We are constantly developing and growing our network of Elders franchisees and have extensive opportunities throughout Northern NSW and Queensland and welcome your inquiry which will be handled in the strictest of confidence.


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Steve Murphy – NSW / ACT

Steve Murphy – NSW / ACT

Steve Murphy has been in the Real Estate industry for the past 30 years. A Principal for 25 years, Steve has owned and operated up to 4 successful offices simultaneously, managing a combined team in excess of 20 people.

Steve is a registered Valuer, licensed Real Estate agent/business agent as well as an experienced Auctioneer conducting and mentoring over some 2000 auctions.

With a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Steve has studied with some of the best people in USA, Australia and New Zealand. Being a successful business owner as opposed to a successful agent can be two totally different sets of skills.

Steve’s entire focus is growing the Profitability and Wealth of the Elders Franchise Owners.

Roylene Reilly – NSW / NTH NSW

Roylene Reilly – NSW / NTH NSW

A positive, enthusiastic and experienced agent, Roylene Reilly has had an extensive career in the Real Estate industry, spanning over 26 years.

Ranked within the Top 10 Auction focused Sales Agents of NSW, in the 1990’s Roylene developed a reputation for delivering outstanding service and results. These attributes were honed further under other major Franchisor groups in management roles, using her driving force to support her Principals and promote business growth and motivation of their top performers. She believes the key to achieving strong results involves outstanding people within the organisation. She joined the Elders group because of the strong network and loyal contingency of individuals, all proud to stand behind the brand.

Roylene’s strategy around success, growth and the development of her well-executed skill set ensures you get there. Her unerring passion for database integrity, transparency and innovation are assisted by her holding her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, along with her study of Psychology and Sociology. It’s Roylene’s fundamental belief that the development of good people into great agents helps everybody and Roylene’s here to help you.

“Elders: built on reputation, driven by innovation.”

Darren Barlow – SA/NT, VIC & TAS

Darren Barlow – SA/NT, VIC & TAS

Throughout his 24 years within a dynamic and evolving Real Estate industry, Darren has acquired extensive, first-hand experience across a range of Real Estate and Franchising sectors. With a broad professional background including previously managing and owning Real Estate Franchises, Darren is a very highly respected member of the industry.

Having previously spent a number of years working in the Real Estate Franchising sphere, Darren understands the importance of Franchisee businesses and what is required as a business owner. “As a former Franchisee I can fully appreciate their requirements and any potential challenges they may face. This enables me to work consistently towards offering better business strategies and increased levels of service and support. It’s very satisfying to facilitate advice and the implementation of something you know will work to their benefit.”

Darren comes to the Elders group with a wealth of experience as a licensed estate agent, and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training. He has been a keynote speaker at several industry conferences, and has previously sat on several industry committees, including the Education Committee at the REIV. He has also been recognised for his achievements by previously being awarded the highly prestigious REIV Industry Service Award.

Drew Cary - WA

Drew Cary - WA

Having worked for Southern Districts Estate Agency (SDEA) over the past decade, Drew brings a wealth of knowledge with him in his new role as Real Estate Sales Executive for Elders. SDEA has long serviced the real estate needs of the South West having been in operation for almost 50 years. Over his last 8 years with SDEA, Drew worked as the Managing Director, supervising approximately 65 staff from three branch offices across residential, rural and commercial sales; residential and commercial property management and strata management.

Drew is all too familiar with acquisitions of both staff and rent rolls, having successfully merged 3 additional real estate businesses into SDEA over a 5 year period. As well as being a Licensed Real Estate Agent, Drew is also a Licensed Auctioneer and has worked successfully in a business brokering and commercial specialist roles. Prior to venturing into the real estate industry, Drew completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree through Curtin University and spent almost 10 years in Managing Director roles for several high-profile national and international enterprises.

Drew has a passion for training and compliance and is excited to bring his past experiences and knowledge of the real estate industry into his new role. Drew will be focussing on Residential, Property Management and Franchise for WA.

Bronwyn McIntyre - Senior Real Estate Administrator

Bronwyn McIntyre - Senior Real Estate Administrator

Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Advertising, and can offer almost 10 years administration, advertising and marketing experience.

Her Real Estate career began in 2007 with the Raine & Horne Qld Head Office. Following two years with Raine & Horne, Bronwyn left Australia to explore life in the northern hemisphere, living in Denmark for just under a year.

Returning to Australia at the height of the GFC, Bronwyn spent two years in the not for profit sector before returning to Real Estate in investment wholesale and property development roles.

Now with Elders Real Estate Bronwyn has integrated into the Elders network and learned and developed further within the supportive Elders environment.

Bronwyn’s diverse role covers Events, Training, IT Support, Marketing and Franchise Administration.  Bronwyn also studies law part time.

Alex Cornelissen - Senior Real Estate Administrator

Alex Cornelissen - Senior Real Estate Administrator

Alex is our Senior Real Estate Administrator for the Southern Zone.

Alex has a background of Administration, Event Planning and Marketing within many different industries. Alex’s previous role in the wine industry was to provide exceptional administration support to an office with over 120 staff, Managing Directors and contractors.

Alex has recently decided to pursue a career in Real Estate having now acknowledged an interest for the industry. Alex supports all of the Southern Zone Real Estate team and any franchisee enquiry from an administrative level. Alex’s diverse role covers Events, Training, IT Support, Marketing and Franchise Administration.

Alex is eager and willing to learn and prosper under the Elders Real Estate brand.

Karina Brown - Senior Real Estate Administrator

Karina Brown - Senior Real Estate Administrator

Karina has been working in the real estate industry for 7 years and in that time has held positions across all facets of the industry including both Sales and Property Management. Karina’s most recent position was with the Real Estate Institute of WA where she provided membership services and training to over 200 real estate agencies across the southern zone of WA.

Karina is a registered Sales Representative and is studying her Diploma in Property Services part time. Karina has a strong passion for the Real Estate industry which she is very excited to bring to the Elders team. Karina’s role covers Training, Compliance, Event Management and providing support to the WA network.

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