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

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

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

Job Titles

  • Painting Trades Worker
  • Painting Trades Worker

    Specialisations: Paperhanger

Fast Facts

  • $1,000 Weekly Pay
  • 51,300 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 87.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.7 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 1.1% female Gender Share

The number of Painting Trades Workers 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 above average in 2017.
  • Location: Painting Trades Workers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,000 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1.1% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

In 2016, employers in most locations (except Western Australia) found it hard to fill vacancies for Painting Trades Workers. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

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 Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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 Earnings10001230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction94.1
Public Administration and Safety1.9
Manufacturing1.4
Wholesale Trade0.7
Other Industries1.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePainting Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW21.131.6
VIC27.626.2
QLD25.919.7
SA6.56.7
WA14.610.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.21.1
ACT1.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPainting Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.7-5.25.2
20-2410.4-9.99.9
25-3428.3-23.623.6
35-4425.5-21.721.7
45-5415.6-20.820.8
55-598.6-8.88.8
60-646.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the 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 Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree2.5-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.1-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV46.2-18.918.9
Year 1218.3-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1013.7-17.717.7
Below Year 1012.3-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed.
Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public Safety and Security

    78% Important

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

  2. Administration and Management

    75% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  3. English Language

    72% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Building and Construction

    69% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    79% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    79% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  3. Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others

    77% Important

    Getting a group of people to work together to finish a task.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    75% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Performing General Physical Activities

    75% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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The 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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