Seller's Quick Guide

1. School/Administrative Units identify item or group of items that are surplus or obsolete.
2. Fill out an Asset Disposal form
3. Head of School/Administrative Unit authorises disposal of the item
  • If the item is greater than $10,000 written down value, additional approval is needed from a delegated officer.
  • Consider if the item has historical, cultural or scientific significance to the University (if so offer the item to the University's museums/collections).
  • Consider if the item will be traded-in.
  • Write off and dispose of items that are obsolete, unserviceable or beyond economical repair and cannot be sold (written approval from a delegated officer is needed).
4. Advertise items for sale
  • For items valued at under $10,000 estimated market value, advertise sale on University Asset Disposal web site.
  • For items over $10,000 estimated market value, sale must be a competitive process through advertisement, public auction or seeking written quotes from prospective buyers.
5. Assess the bids received


Priority is given to internal applicants, i.e. other University of Sydney School/Administrative Units.

  • If no bids are received, donate to charities, schools, colleges or non-profit organisations.
6. Authorise sale to successful bidder on Asset Disposal form
7. Notify successful bidder
  • Successful internal bidder completes an Asset Disposal Terms and Conditions of Sale form and collects the item. Selling department/unit does journal transfer for the payment.
  • Successful external bidder makes payment for the item(s) through the University Cashier in cash, EFTPOS, credit card or bank cheque and is given a receipt by the University Cashier.
  • Selling department/unit completes the Deposit/Receipt Cashiers Office form and gives it to the external bidder to hand over to the University Cashier.
  • Successful external bidder takes orginal receipt to selling department/unit, completes an Asset Disposal Terms and Conditions of Sale form and collects the item(s) purchased.
8. Selling School/Administrative Unit completes the Asset Disposal form and updates the University's Asset Register (PeopleSoft).

Refer to the Finance and Accounting Manual’s Asset Disposal Procedures for more details.