Migrate to Australia as a
Painter and Decorator

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Migrate to Australia as a Painter and Decorator
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Australia has a critical shortage of Painters and Decorators. If you are a qualified Painter and Decorator aged under 45 then you are eligible to migrate to Australia provided you can score 65 points and have a positive Skills Assessment.

How to Migrate to Australia as a Painter and Decorator

  • Be aged under 45
  • Score 65 Australian Immigration Points
  • Have a Positive Skills Assessment from Vetasses
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks

Criteria for Painters and Decorators to Migrate to Australia

You need to meet the following criteria:


Score 65 Points

Painters and Decorators migrating to Australia need to score at least 65 Immigration points. Points are awarded for age, experience, qualifications, education, English language skills and time spent in Australia. Take this Free Visa Points Calculator for your score.


Skills Assessment

Painters and Decorators are required to complete a Skills Assessment through Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).


English Language

Good English skills are vital for work, so you may need to take a test like IELTS. UK and USA Passport holders are exempt.


Health and Character

You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Painter and Decorator Skills Assessment

Painters and Decorators migrating to Australia are required to complete a skills assessment through Trades Recognition Australia.


The Painting Trades Worker skills assessment is a paper based application. There is no Technical Interview or Practical assessment required.


Using a qualified and experienced Registered Migration Agent to prepare and process your application will increase your chances of a successful skills assessment.


Stage 1

Migration Consultant will work with you to prepare the necessary documentation for lodgement with Trades Recognition Australia, who will review your training and employment evidence to ensure that you have either:


  • 6 years employment experience as a Painter and Decorator with no formal training OR
  • 3 years employment experience as a Painter and Decorator with relevant formal training


You will need to provide your qualification certificates as proof of formal training, and employment evidence must include at least 12 months in the last 3 years. Evidence may include documents such as wage slips, bank statements, employment references, etc. Migration Consultant will advise you about what exactly is required and prepare these in readiness for assessment by TRA.




Following a successful assessment, Trades Recognition Australia will issue you with:


  • Skills Assessment Outcome letter


PLEASE NOTE: If you are a Painter and Decorator with no formal qualifications, but with a minimum of 6 years work experience, you will need to obtain an AQF Level 3 through Migration Consultant by way of Recognition of Prior Learning.

What are the eligibility requirements for immigrating to Australia as a Painter and Decorator?

Eligibility requirements include being aged under 45, scoring 65 points on the Australian Immigration Points Score, having the required skills, qualifications, and meeting health and character checks.

Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Painters and Decorators in Australia?

The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) is a popular choice for Painters and Decorators who want to immigrate to Australia independently without the need for sponsorship by an Australian employer.

The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is another attractive option for Painters and Decorators seeking to immigrate to Australia. Unlike the subclass 189 visa the subclass 190 requires Painters and Decorators to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government.

How do I get my Painter and Decorator skills assessed for Australian immigration purposes

The Australian assessing authority for Painters and Decorators is Vetassess. They are responsible for evaluating your qualifications, experience and skills to ensure they meet Australian standards. For Painters and Decorators, the assessment includes a review of your practical experience and any relevant certifications you hold.

Can I apply for permanent residency as a Painter and Decorator in Australia?

Yes, the 189 and 190 visa subclass grants Permanent Residency to holders right from the start. The PR rights and privileges awarded to you also apply to your spouse / partner and any dependents.

What are the processing times for skilled migration visas for Painter and Decorators?

Expect the whole process to take between 7 and 16 months from absolute start of the visa process to the absolute end.

Can I include my family members in my immigration application as a Painter and Decorator?

Yes! Your immediate family members are included.

What are the best places to look for work as a Painter and Decorator in Australia?

The best places to search for Painter and Decorator jobs in Australia include major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. These cities have a great construction and lots of opportunities.

Suburban and rural areas are also excellent options for Painters and Decorators migrating to Australia because they have a lower cost of living and a better work life balance. Smaller communities may have a demand for skilled Painters and Decorators in residential construction and artisan woodworking.

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on Painter and Decorator jobs in Australia?

Yes, you can use job search websites like Seek (www.seek.com.au) and Indeed (www.indeed.com.au).

These platforms  list Painter and Decorator positions across Australia.

Additionally, as a Migration Consultant LLC client you have access to our dedicated Painter and Decorator recruitment service for new migrants to Australia.