From what I've been able to gather from news snippets of the PM's address tonight - auctions and open for inspections have both been banned because of the COVID-19 risks involved. Auction houses are mentioned specifically. I've yet to read an official statement to back this up. Private treaty sales can still go ahead, as can individual inspections. I imagine there is an opportunity to do remote or online auctions too - the issue isn't in the auction itself, it's in the gathering of people in one place. Will update once full information is available. Note that this view on limiting such activities is fully supported by the REIA - https://reia.asn.au/conduct-of-open-homes-and-public-auctions-by-real-estate-agents/ Full text of the press release from Adrian Kelly, REIA president: On Sunday night, the Prime Minister made it very clear that all Australians should immediately cease unnecessary travel and cease all unnecessary social interaction in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. With this in mind, the Real Estate Institute of Australia is now calling on all real estate agents across Australia to make significant changes to the way they conduct their business particularly in relation to house inspections and the conduct of public auctions. Past practice with open homes and public auctions needs to cease. We need to take the Covid-19 Virus seriously. The deliberate organising of a gathering of people by a real estate agent flies in the face of the directives of the Prime Minister. To continue to arrange unmodified public open homes and auctions is clearly irresponsible. Whilst we obviously recognise the impact to trading this will have, it is important that the entire industry pulls together and supports the Government in their efforts at this time to limit the spread of Covid-19. One on one private inspections by appointment must become the norm coupled with the appropriate safeguards as recommended by health authorities. With regard to public auctions, these can still occur via telephone bidding or by using one of the many online auction platforms available. We need to show some initiative and resourcefulness at this time. As an industry, we are all in this predicament together and the sooner we all do what needs to be done, the sooner we can return to a more normal real estate market. I think this is a sensible approach really.