Industry Standards

Minister's Foreword

Industry Standard for Painting Contractors

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Consumer Protection, Lisa Singh, has welcomed a decision by commercial and residential painting contractors to establish an industry standard in Tasmania.

The new voluntary code was developed by a number of groups associated with the industry, including the Master Painters Association.

Launch of the Industry Standards for the Painting Industry
left to right: Neale Buchanan (Director of Workplace Standards Tas), Andrew Phillips(CEO Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation), The Hon Lisa Sing, Minister for Consumer Affairs; Mark Amos, CEO Master Painters Association Vic/Tas; Bob De Groot, Director Master Painters Association Vic/Tas; Mike Bailey, President Master Painters Association Vic/Tas.

“The industry standard will address a number of issues affecting employers, contractors and consumers," Ms Singh said.

“Industry standards help to provide advice in practical and relevant ways, as well as develop reasonable expectations about the trade of goods and services.

“This is especially important in the surface coating industry, where homeowners and building owners make significant investments in their properties and where painters often work in hazardous environments.

“Essentially, the standard addresses employers’ obligations to employees, work site safety and the standard of painting work.

“When a similar standard was launched in Victoria earlier this year, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Tony Robinson, noted that many contractors advertised themselves as ‘master painters’ when in fact they’d had no formal training.

“While registration by painters is not compulsory in Tasmania, consumers should be confident they get what they pay for.

“That means a satisfactory finish by a qualified painter who meets OHS standards. I am pleased that the painting industry has taken the lead in raising standards for consumer protection and encouraging best practice.”

Lisa Singh MP

Minister for Workplace Relations, Consumer Protection and Corrections