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A Detailed Guide to Trade Rates in Melbourne

Updated: Jan 20

In late 2022, Pekaj Group Pty Ltd. surveyed our extensive network to gather information on trades rates in Melbourne. The results are listed below as a starting point for your next building project.


Keep in mind that these rates are not fixed and subject to negotiation based on the specifics of your job. The data collected is from contractors who don't have ties to volume builders with extended agreements.


Here's a list of "average rates" for various trades in the inner suburbs of Melbourne for building a townhouse or extension project in 2023:

Trade

Description

Rate

​Demolition of existing brick veneer structure up to 200m2

Including all permits

$15,000-$25,000 + GST

Timber paling fence up to 1800mm high

​Including digging posts, posts, supports and all ancillaries.

$100.00 - $120.00lm + GST

Sleeper retaining walls

​Including concrete footing, 100 UC 15 galvanised posts and 200 x 75mm sleepers.

$400.00 - $450.00m2 + GST

Waffle slab H Class 385mm high

Including 85mm thick slab, edge beam 300 x 300mm, internal beam 300 x 110mm wide, 20MPa concrete, reinforcement and labour

$140.00 - 160.00m2 + GST

Raft slab 100mm thick

​Including 100mm thick slab, 300 x 500mm deep beams, 25MPa concrete, reinforcement and labour

$200.00- $220.00m2 + GST

Bricklaying up to 3000mm high [single storey]

​Including brick install, lime, cement supply and brick ancillaries e.g. ties, straps and etc.

$1.40 - 1.80 per brick + GST

Blocklaying up to 3000mm high [single storey]

​Including block install, lime, cement supply and brick ancillaries e.g. ties, straps and etc.

$7.00 - $10.00 per block + GST

Frame carpentry

Including 2700mm high stick-built walls to ground and first floor, prefabricated roof trusses, floor joists, yellow tongue flooring, compressed flooring to wet areas and all other relevant ancillaries

$50.00 - 60.00m2 + GST

​Concrete roof tiles with a pitch up to 30 degrees

Including concrete tiles, hips, ridge, valleys and ancillaries to complete works

$50.00m2 + GST does not include roof plumbing e.g. downpipes, sumps, rainheads or flashing.

​Pitched metal roof [corrugated] up to 30 degrees

Including corrugated sheets, hips, ridge, valleys an ancillaries to complete works

$80.00m2 + GST does not include roof plumbing e.g. downpipes, sumps, rainheads or flashing.

Flat metal roofs up to 5 degrees

Including kliplock roofing, flashings and all ancillaries to complete works

$120.00 - $140.00m2 + GST does not include roof plumbing e.g. downpipes, sumps, rain heads or flashing.

Internal lock-up

Including hanging front door, external and internal garage doors, door handles, door locks, straightening walls, install bath tub and etc.

$15.00 - 20.00m2 + GST

Plaster 10mm to ceiling and walls

Including hanging, stopping sanding and all ancillaries

$25.00 - $35.00m2 + GST

Fixing carpentry

Including hanging doors, jambs, door handles, locks, architraves, skirting and anything else relevant to this section of works

$15.00 - $20.00m2 + GST

Painting internal

Including ceiling, walls, architraves, skirting, doors, door jambs in 3 coat system

$40.00 - $60.00m2 + GST

Laminate kitchen cabinets

Including overhead cabinets up to 900mm high and base cabinets up to 700mm wide, handles and ancillaries

$700.00m2 + GST

Vinyl wrap kitchen cabinets

Including overhead cabinets up to 900mm high and base cabinets up to 700mm wide, handles and ancillaries

$800.00m2 + GST

2 pac kitchen cabinets

Including overhead cabinets up to 900mm high and base cabinets up to 700mm wide, handles and ancillaries

$1,200.00m2 + GST

Engineered stone 20mm thick builders range to benchtops and splashback

Including material supply, fabrication, delivery and installation on site

$600.00 - $700.00m2 + GST

Natural stone 20mm thick e.g. tundra grey or similar to benchtops and splashback

Including material supply, fabrication, delivery and installation on site

$900.00m2 + GST (minimum)

Waterproofing internal areas

Including 2 coat system using Mapei or equivalent products

$60.00 - $75.00m2 + GST

Screeding up to 40mm thick

Including labour and materials

​$80.00m2 + GST

​Tiling up to 600x600x10mm in porcelain or ceramic products

​Including glue and grout

$60.00 - $80.00m2 + GST

​Tiling up to 600x600x20mm in natural stone products

​Including glue and grout

​$120.00 - $150.00m2 + GST

Caulking

Internal areas

$6.00 - $8.00lm + GST

Internal cleaning

Including windows and carpet

$6.00 - $10.00m2 + GST

Decking merbau or similar 140 x 14mm thick

​Including sub-floor [140 x 45 MGP10 bearers and joists, concrete stumps, ant caps and all ancillaries]

$400.00 - $450.00m2 + GST

Note:

For projects in regional areas, it is recommended to add a minimum of 10-15% to the average trade rates listed above.


We hope this information will prove valuable as you plan your next project and budget for trades. If you require additional support, please reach out to our office for a personalised consultation on how we can assist your team.

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