Painting trades workers are employed to apply paint, varnish and other wall finishes such as wallpaper to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.

They maintain and decorate the interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures.

Where painting trades workers are employed

Painting trades workers are usually employed by painting and decorating contracting firms, or are self-employed contractors. Some work for government agencies concerned with public works, housing and railways. Advancement to supervisory positions, technical training or sales work is possible.

Opportunities for painters mainly depend on the level of building and renovation activity.


Full-time painting trades workers in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Painting Trades Workers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 2,018 people employed full-time as painting trades workers, compared with 2,010 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a painting trades worker you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in painting and decorating. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10.

See courses related to this occupation.

For more information about apprenticeships, see apprenticeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

In South Australia, painting trades workers must either hold, or work under someone who holds, a valid building contractor's licence issued by Consumer and Business Services

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information. 
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