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Painting Trades Worker

Apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.


Painting trade workers apply paints, varnishes and stains to surfaces using brushes, rollers and sprays for a clean and professional application. They also hang wallpaper, matching patterns and trimming edges.

Work is indoors or outdoors at residential and commercial buildings. Weekend work is common.

Suitable for those with an interest in building, construction and public safety. Good attention to detail and customer service skills are important.


  • construct scaffolding and ladders and place drop sheets to prevent paint splatter
  • remove old paint and wallpaper, fix woodwork, fill holes and cracks and seal surfaces
  • mix paints to required colours
  • clean equipment and work areas
  • may repair windows and replace glass in wooden and metal frames
  • lay and repair wall and floor tiles
  • apply paint and decorative paint finishes
  • work with customers on colour selection and styles.


  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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$1,371 / week
Apprenticeships may be available

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