As we’re fast approaching the midway mark in the year, I’m pleased to say we’ve already had great success with our lobbying efforts on behalf of you, our members. In particular,  we’ve had a win with the Painting and Decorating Certificate III by ensuring it remains a Class A classification and not a Class B.

We’ve also had a win to ensure Private Training Organisations [PTOs] cannot deliver Recognised Prior Learning [RPL] courses for painting and decorating, when they are not scoped to train apprentices in our trade. These measures will help to ensure the highest standards for the next generation of painting and decorating professionals, along with maintaining the integrity of the trade.

More recently, we’ve taken the Building Commission to task over its appalling record in regard to policing our industry. Following our AGM in March and a subsequent media release from the MP&DA, this issue is gathering momentum. We’ve provided the Commission with a proposal for improved policing alternatives and we look forward to ongoing discussions on this issue. There’s more to come on this topic and we’ll keep you informed of our progress.

In this issue of Brushstrokes, we’re shining a light on regional Western Australia and our regional members. A recent government survey indicated that regional people are resilient and steadfast in their commitment to their communities, and this is evident in the member profiles we’ve included in this edition.

Although these award-winning businesses are all quite different from each other, they share a common value that sees them running successful businesses while also supporting their communities and our industry.

It’s also a pleasure to welcome our newest Associate Members for 2019. REDIMED is an occupational health service providing pre-employment medical assessments, as well as general medical services and 24/7 urgent care.

Oldfields is a proud Australian company that’s been supporting our industry for more than 100 years, first with quality paint brushes and now also with a broad range of safety scaffolding.

BioZone is also a local company that provides equipment for neutralising odours and eliminating VOCs in painting products.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Brushstrokes and that you will keep it on hand for future reference. Don’t forget, if you’re a member and you have a great story to tell, please let us know by emailing

  • Master Painters & Decorators Australia

    Amanda Dawes is the Chief Executive Officer of Master Painters & Decorators Association. She has worked in the painting & Decorating industry for 10 years and in her role as CEO she is constantly looking to find relevance and value for their members. She is passionate about being able to educate consumers on the importance of contracting the services of qualified Master Painters to ensure high quality standards within the industry are maintained.