Melbourne based Women at Work Painters

Providing High Quality & Friendly Service

Women at Work Painters Awards

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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!

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.

Jay Owen

Jay Owen, Operations Manager

Hello my name is Jay Owen, I’ve been with Women at Work Painters for about 10 years now. Initially I started as a painter and then moved into a supervisory role before becoming Operations Manager.

I am a fully qualified painter and have been painting for over 35 years. I come from 3 generations of painters – my great grandfather, my grandfather and my dad. I was trained by both my father and grandfather, people I consider to be craftsmen. I was lucky to be trained the old fashioned way which has been useful even with the new technology paints of today. My grandfather started painting stage coaches at the turn of the century, he used to take his son (my grandfather) to work with him and the painting dynasty was born!

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 to other painters?

  • we were awarded a Painting in Excellence Award in 2016 for the painting of the Melbourne Athenaeum – please click here for more information
  • 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 15 years
  • as we have been in business for 20 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 wasy 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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