Public warning - Brian John Byrne - Action Painting Contractors

30 July 2015

This is a warning issued by the QBCC Commissioner to the public under section 20J(1)(h) of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) urges consumers, contractors and suppliers to be cautious in their dealings with Brian John Byrne, known to trade through the business name Action Painting Contractors.

The QBCC cancelled Mr Byrne’s licence on 4 January 2013 for failing to comply with an audit.  Since then, he has been issued with numerous infringement notices for offences including unlawful building work and unlicensed advertising under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991, and no contract and excess deposits under the Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000.

The QBCC has also received defective building work and monies-owed complaints against Mr Byrne.

He does not hold a QBCC licence and is therefore not able to carry out or enter into contracts to carry out building work in Queensland.  However, he continues to undertake building work without holding a QBCC licence and advertises to undertake building work on the internet.

The QBCC is currently investigating Mr Byrne for alleged unlawful building work.

The QBCC warns all persons, including QBCC-licensed contractors, who deal with Mr Byrne to exercise extreme caution and seek legal advice before entering into contracts or making any payments, to protect their interests.

The QBCC urges home owners to conduct research before engaging contractors, and recommends engaging a licensed contractor even for small jobs. If you are in doubt as to whether the entity you are contracting with is licensed or holds the correct licence to do the work, please conduct a free online licence search at or contact the QBCC 24/7 on 139 333.

Steve Griffin


Queensland Building and Construction Commission


For enquiries phone 139 333.