Melbourne based Women at Work Painters

Providing High Quality & Friendly Service

Women at Work Painters Awards

Master Painters Awards For Excellence 2022 Winner
Master Painters Awards For Excellence 2022 High Distinction
Master Painters Awards For Excellence 2021 High Distinction
Master Painters Awards For Excellence 2020 Winner
Master Painters Australia
100+ Customer Reviews on Word of Mouth
Word Of Mouth - Service Award 2024
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2023
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2022
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2021
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2020
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2019
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2018
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2017
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2016
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2015
Word of Mouth - Service Award 2014

Who are We?

Women at Work Painters specialises in house & commercial painting throughout metro Melbourne, both interior and exterior.

How did we get started?

The idea for a female Melbourne painting & decorating service germinated over many years of coffee mornings with kindergarten and school mums who all had a horror tale to tell of their experiences with trades people. Market research later undertaken showed both men and women from a range of backgrounds unanimously complained of the non-existent service from painters.

Women at Work Painters started in Melbourne in 1996 with a simple mission to: “provide an all-female painting & decorating service to clients which is punctual, reliable, respectful and professional”. Reinforcing this mission, every quotation contains the Women at Work promise:

  • we promise to turn up on time,
  • treat your property and its occupants with respect,
  • work on consecutive working days,
  • complete the job within the specified time; and
  • clean up all mess we create

Due to growth in both house & commercial painting our painting teams now include male painters. Sometimes it is more like “Men at Work” than “Women at Work” – we are focussed on finding the best painters regardless of gender.

Introducing Us

Avril Southon

Avril Southon, Managing Director

Hello there my name is Avril Southon, I have been the owner/Managing Director of Women at Work Painters since December 2001. Back then we were mainly painting houses with a splattering of offices and only employed female painters.

Over time we started doing more commercial work and painting 2 and 3-storey buildings. Nowadays we also undertake quite complex projects involving power companies, councils, booms and scaffolds such as this fabulous home in Clifton Hill. They can test our brain cells at times with the planning and management required – it’s just so worth it in the end to see a home or commercial building come to life with a great paint job!

We are also experienced in stripping paint from timber and lead paint management.

Before Painting
After Painting

We’ve also broadened our painting criteria to include male painters. We look for painters who you will be happy to have in your home or office and who have the technical skills to perform the work to Australian Standards.

If you have any questions you are welcome to call me directly on 0411 756 709.

Heath Waller, Operations Manager

Hello my name is Heath Waller, I’ve been with Women at Work Painters since early 2017. Initially I started as a painter and then moved into the Operations Manager’s role in April 2018.

I am a fully qualified painter and have been painting for over 10 years. I am from Tasmania and am experienced in painting both heritage and new residential and commercial buildings.

There are many heritage listed properties in Tasmania and I worked at Maria Island National Park in Tasmania for 18 months-2 years restoring heritage buildings. I’ve also restored heritage buildings at Port Arthur.
Prior to moving to Melbourne in early 2017 I was managing other painters on large commercial projects.


I am often the first point of face to face contact with prospective clients as I attend most quote appointments and work out the painting requirements. I then meet our painters on day one of the project to get them started and visit the jobs most days to ensure everything is on track. At the end of the project I will sign the painting off with the client present where possible. I am focussed on having the painting undertaken to our specification and for our clients to be happy.

How are we different from other painters?

  • we have been awarded multiple Painting in Excellence Awards for a variety of different projects – please click here for more information on these projects and others
  • we provide detailed quotes specifying the work to be undertaken including preparation, no. of coats and paint to be used so you know what you are getting
  • our jobs are supervised to ensure the work we quoted for is undertaken to specification
  • we sign-off our jobs with our clients to ensure nothing has been missed and you are happy with the painting
  • we are members of Master Painters Association and have been for over 20 years
  • as we have been in business for over 25 years you can feel assured we’ll be around to honour our 5-year warranty
  • we only use premium products so your painting looks good for longer and is easy to maintain
  • we use a regular team of painters whom we know can perform the painting to the required standards
  • our painting is undertaken to Australian Standards
  • our painting experience is broad so we have the knowledge and skill to meet your requirements be they straightforward or complex

Women at Work – Media

In 2006 we renewed our employment exemption to enable us to employ female painters only if we chose to.

The story was reported in the Herald Sun and on “A Current Affair”.


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