Pain­ter fined for un­reg­is­tered work

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

KARAWARA A KARAWARA res­i­dent was or­dered to pay $2000 af­ter he was pros­e­cuted for unau­tho­rised paint­ing work at a Wil­son prop­erty in 2012.

Un­reg­is­tered pain­ter Tom Tomic pleaded guilty, in his ab­sence, at Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 4 to one charge of car­ry­ing out a pre­scribed build­ing ser­vice for another per­son.

This was an of­fence un­der the Build­ing Ser­vices (Reg­is­tra­tion) Act 2011.

The work was val­ued at more than $15,000 and in­cluded in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal paint­ing of ceil­ings and walls, and gloss­ing of wood­work for In­ter­gity De­vel­op­ments be­tween July and Oc­to­ber 2012.

This was not the first time Mr Tomic had been pros­e­cuted for unau­tho­rised paint­ing work.

The court heard Mr Tomic pre­vi­ously held a reg­is­tra­tion but it was can­celled when he failed to pay the an­nual fee.

He con­tin­ued to per­form unau­tho­rised work lead­ing to a con­vic­tion of a sim­i­lar of­fence in 2009.

Build­ing Com­mis­sion act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sandy Ran­dall said the reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem was im­por­tant to pro­tect con­sumers and the qual­ity of the build­ing in­dus­try.

“Hav­ing pre­vi­ously held a pain­ter reg­is­tra­tion, Mr Tomic was clearly aware of his obli­ga­tions un­der the laws when he of­fended,” she said.

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