Painting Trades Workers apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.

Specialisations: Paperhanger.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in painting and decorating is needed to work as a Painting Trades Worker.

Tasks

  • erecting scaffolding and ladders, and placing drop sheets to protect adjacent areas from paint splattering
  • preparing surfaces by removing old paint and wallpaper, fixing woodwork, filling holes and cracks, and smoothing and sealing surfaces
  • selecting and preparing paints to required colours by mixing portions of pigment, oil, and thinning and drying additives
  • applying paints, varnishes and stains to surfaces using brushes, rollers and sprays
  • hanging wallpaper, matching patterns and trimming edges
  • cleaning equipment and work areas
  • may repair windows and replace glass in wooden and metal frames
  • may lay and repair wall and floor tiles

All Painting Trades Workers

  • $1,371 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 51,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Painting Trades Workers (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 51,300 in 2018 to 54,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 19,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Painting Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,371 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Painting Trades Workers.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200850500
200945600
201044900
201144800
201250400
201349900
201444100
201540500
201648000
201747400
201851300
202354100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsPainting Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13711460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction93.0
Manufacturing1.3
Administrative and Support Services0.8
Accommodation and Food Services0.7
Other Industries4.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePainting Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.731.6
VIC25.225.6
QLD23.420.0
SA6.57.0
WA10.810.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPainting Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.9-5.05.0
20-248.8-9.39.3
25-3422.9-22.922.9
35-4422.5-22.022.0
45-5422.9-21.621.6
55-599.8-9.09.0
60-646.9-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPainting Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV57.5-21.121.1
Year 1213.5-18.118.1
Year 114.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below16.7-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in painting and decorating is needed to work as a Painting Trades Worker.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • working at heights ticket
  • working in confined spaces ticket
  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Painting Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hard working.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    58% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Building and Construction

    54% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Public Safety and Security

    53% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Administration and Management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Education and Training

    49% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2141.00 - Painters, Construction and Maintenance.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend Time Standing

    97% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    96% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

    88% Important

    How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

  5. Contact With Others

    87% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2141.00 - Painters, Construction and Maintenance.

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