Opat is Australia’s oldest
privately owned painting business

Image location: Clock Tower Refurbishment Melbourne GPO

About Us

For over 65 years Opat has delivered superior service and the highest standard of workmanship in the field of painting and maintenance with thousands of satisfied clients throughout Australia. Clients are familiar with our strong work ethic, and our commitment to provide excellence in service and quality. We are confident all would vouch for the high level of integrity with which we conduct our business.

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    David Opat


    Of course a reputation such as ours does not come overnight. Our story begins in 1949 with company founder David Opat. David learnt the skills of painting and decorative finishes before the Second World War in the family business in Poland. Post war found David in Paris where he ran his painting business for two years. In May 1949 David arrived in Melbourne, Australia where he quickly established a new decorating business operating from a small garage in Smith Street, St. Kilda.

    David grew the Opat business over the next 60 years to become one of Australia’s most respected painting companies. In 2014 David retired and is now succeeded by the next generation of management committed to continuing to operate with the integrity David established.

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    Ross England

    Managing Director

    Ross has over 18 years experience in the painting and decorating industry and has been with Opat since 2002.

    In his role as Managing Director Ross’ focus is on projects at the site level, with a strong emphasis on programming, production, QA and OHSE.

    Ross works with our clients to deliver high quality results, within budget and on time.

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    Scott Mortlock

    Managing Director

    Scott has over 25 years experience in the painting and decorating industry and has been with Opat since 2008.

    In his role as Managing Director Scott has a focus both on building new business opportunities, and working with our large base of existing clients to ensure they are consistently satisfied with the service we provide.

    Scott oversees all aspects of estimating, tender bids and contract administration.

opat-teamDavid Opat (seated centre) staff Christmas function 2013