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Painters perform a vital role in mining construction. Jobs for painters in construction include painting walls, roofs, gutters and ceilings. But painters do more than apply paint, wallpaper and finishes to exterior and interior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They also spend time in preparing and advising clients of architectural services and solutions, have sound knowledge in construction maths, safety knowledge, tool knowledge, stripping, blasting and patching.

Painting jobs have been on an increase as new commercial buildings are being built nationwide. Most painters are employed by construction companies, painting contractors, building maintenance contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Job Requirements

On-the-job training and painting apprenticeships are completed over three years, thereafter painters need to:
  • Know occupational health and safety measures
  • Know safety measures when using riggings, scaffolds, ladders, hoists, chains and swinging devices
  • Read and interpret blueprints
  • Identify different types of surfaces like wood, plaster, metal, concrete and synthetic substrates
  • Identify underlying surfaces if they’ve already been painted
  • Know how to use tools and power tools
  • Know the different methods to protect adjacent areas and surfaces
  • Prepare surfaces
  • Select sealants and fillers
  • Know abrasive blasting and drywall patching
  • Use chemical cleaning, low-pressure water cleaning and stripping
  • Know the different methods of staining, wood finishing, decorative faux finishes, wall coverings, texturing, colour and tinting, graphic designs and coatings
  • Know how to spray with special devices
Painters also need a good understanding of the chemicals found within the paints. For example, when painting pipes inside an oil and gas refinery, expertise is required to know which specialised paints to use. In this case, low lead levels but high zinc levels prevent corrosion of the pipes.

Master Painters Association

The Master Painters Association hosts seminars, courses and events to help you fast track your career as a painter. They also have great articles on how to paint your own home and how to dispose of lead paint as well as have a list of painters and EnviroPainters in the New South Wales and Victoria area.

Their lead training event is highly recommended for all painters. On the more relaxed side of painting they also have “The Awards for Excellence”, an industries night and an opportunity for painters to showcase their projects from the smallest decorative wall to multi-storey projects.


Painting jobs in Australia are seeing a steady flow of construction related work. Metropolitan areas are in higher demand of painters. A career in painting can be learned through apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training.

Visit our Construction Sectors page for more information on all the sectors needed to support the resource industry.
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