How to become a Painter and Decorator

Painters and decorators apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures. Painters and decorators may concentrate on a specific area of work, such as the internal or external painting of domestic homes, commercial buildings, industrial structures and equipment. They may also concentrate exclusively on restoration work.

Personal requirements of a Painter and Decorator

  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work at heights
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good sense of balance
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Painter and Decorator

To become a painter and decorator you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.9%

NSW 31.8%

NT 0.7%

QLD 21.2%

SA 7.8%

TAS 3.3%

VIC 21.6%

WA 12.8%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 95.7%

Female 4.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 10.6%

Not completed Year 12: 11.4%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 15%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 53.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 5.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 36%

Above 35 years: 65.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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