$2,000 fine for twice-prosecuted painter

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Karawara unregistered painter Tom Tomic has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unauthorised painting work at a Wilson property in 2012.

In the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 September 2015, Mr Tomic, in his absence, pleaded guilty to one charge of carrying out a prescribed building service for another person while not being a registered painting contractor, which is an offence under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011. The court ordered him to pay a $2,000 fine and costs of $564.60.

Mr Tomic carried out the painting work for builder Integrity Developments Pty Ltd between July and October 2012. Valued at $15,156.15, the painting work included the internal and external painting of ceilings and walls and the glossing of woodwork. The company has since been formally warned in relation to engaging non-registered persons.

This is not the first time Mr Tomic has been prosecuted for unauthorised painting work. The court was told Mr Tomic had previously been a registered painter but his registration was cancelled when he failed to pay the annual fee. Despite this, Mr Tomic had continued to perform unauthorised painting work which had resulted in him being convicted of a similar offence in 2009 under the repealed Painters’ Registration Act 1961.

“In Western Australia, it is an offence to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 for another person for profit or reward without the required registration,” Building Commission Acting Executive Director Sandy Randall said.

“The registration system is an important protection for consumers and the building industry – it ensures that a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience carries out work that meets proper standards.

“Having previously held a painter registration, Mr Tomic was clearly aware of his registration obligations under the building laws at the time he committed these offences. That’s why it’s so important for consumers to protect themselves by checking their painter holds the required registration before engaging their services. For further information or to conduct an online registration check, visit the Building Commission website or contact us for assistance.

“The Building Commission will continue to prosecute and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

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