Court prescribes painter a fine

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Koondoola painter Trajce Punevski, currently trading as Gnangara Painting Services, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out painting without registration and using a cancelled registration number on his vehicle and business card.

Punevski was found guilty of three charges at the Perth Magistrates Court on 6 December 2013 and ordered to pay fines of $5,000 and costs of $631.90. The charges were for offences under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The first charge related to internal and external painting work carried out by Punevski at two Nollamara townhouses in September 2011 and January 2012, which was of a total value of $19,000. The second charge related to internal and external painting work carried out by Punevski at three Westminster units in January and March 2012, which was of a total value of $15,450.

At the time of these offences, Punevski was working as a subcontractor for Inspired Property Group Pty Ltd (‘Inspired Homes’).

The third charge against Punevski was for advertising or otherwise holding out or implying that he was a registered painting contractor when he was not. A Building Commission inspector identified the discrepancy during a routine check of the registration number quoted on Punevski’s vehicle signage and business card.

Punevski was registered as a painter from 8 July 1974 but his registration was cancelled on 10 March 1997 due to non-payment of the annual fees. He did not renew his registration until 10 December 2012.

“In Western Australia, it is an offence to carry out painter work valued over $1,000 for another person for profit or reward, or to advertise your services in a way that implies you are a registered painter when you are not,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“The registration system ensures a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge, experience and insurance carries out work that meets proper standards.

“Anyone intending to carry out painting work is reminded that they should check if registration is required before starting. When engaging the services of a painter, consumers can conduct an online registration check on the Building Commission website or contact us for assistance.

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

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Building Commission
Media release
19 Dec 2013

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