Painter fined for registration rort

A Perth man has been fined $7,200 and ordered to pay costs of $478 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to 14 charges relating to carrying out painting work without a registration.

Joseph Karauria Wickliffe quoted the registration number of a former employer to gain employment with a building company as a painting subcontractor. Mr Wickliffe then carried out painting work totalling more than $111,000 in value at 13 sites across metropolitan Perth between May 2011 and February 2012.

The sites were in Carine, Dianella, Doubleview, Embleton, Floreat, Leederville, Morley and North Perth.

A Building Commission inspector picked up the discrepancy when the registration number quoted by Mr Wickliffe during a routine site visit did not match the name in the register.

“In Western Australia it is illegal to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 without being registered,” said Building Commissioner Peter Gow.

“The Building Commission’s inspectors and investigators are experienced, savvy and thorough when it comes to enforcing the requirement for registration, which is in place for a good reason.

“The registration system maintains the integrity of the painting industry and protects consumers by ensuring a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge, experience and insurance carries out work that meets proper standards.

“Anyone intending to carry out building, painting or plumbing-related work in Western Australia is reminded that they should check if registration is required before starting.”

For more information visit or phone the Building Commission on 1300 489 099.


Media Contact:
Amanda Iannuzzi, Media Liaison Officer, Building Commission
9476 1335 or 0407 448 239

Building and Energy
Media release
27 Feb 2013

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