Unregistered painter fined - Yanchep

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Yanchep man Sean Barrett (56) has been found guilty of undertaking unregistered painting work for payment and misrepresenting to a consumer that he was registered. 

He was fined $700 on two charges in the Armadale Magistrates Court over a job quoted at $3,300 for work at a house in Amber Way Thornlie.

A complaint about incomplete work was made to the (then) Painters Registration Board in May last year.

“As this matter relates to a prosecution from the former Painters Registration Board, dating back to 2011, 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This Act has since been replaced by the Government’s new package of building legislation administered by the Building Commission.

“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,” he said.

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

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

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


Fact file:

  •          When carrying out painting work valued over $1,000 for another person, registration as a painting contractor is required
  •          Check if a painter, builder or plumber is registered at: www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au 
  •          Further information info@buildingcommission.wa.gov.au or by telephoning 1300 489 099



Mike Winchester   9476 1335  /  0409 118 982   mike.winchester@commerce.wa.gov.au   

Building Commission
Media release
20 Mar 2012

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