Unregistered painter fined

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Bibra lake man David FUERY has been found guilty of undertaking unregistered painting work for payment.

He was fined $500 and ordered to pay costs of $278 in the Fremantle Magistrates Court over a job quoted at over $11,000 for restoration work at six East Fremantle units.

A complaint about inferior workmanship from the Property Manager of the complex resulted in an inspection that found Mr Fuery to be unregistered and he was subsequently prosecuted.

“This matter is a legacy of prosecutions from the former Painters Registration Board, dating back to 2009, and as such it is subject to laws under the Painters Registration Act 1961,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

This Act has since been replaced by the Government’s new package of building legislation.

“The new Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 for claiming to be a registered building service provider, or for carrying out a regulated building service when not registered.

“The new laws significantly strengthen protection for industry and consumers.

“Building Commission investigators follow up complaints as well as conduct random visits.

“It is not worth the risk to your property or pocket by engaging unregistered painters. Our advice to consumers is always that if a contractor cannot show you their registration, then show them the door,” Mr Gow said.

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Media Contact: Mike Winchester 9476 1335  0409 118 982   mike.winchester@commerce.wa.gov.au 

Building Commission
Media release
14 Mar 2012

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