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The cost of plastering for new homes can range from $23 to $70 per square metre plus the labour.
Prices vary depending on the nature of work, the thickness of plaster materials or the number of coats required.
Hire a skilled plasterer that offers the best value for your money, this is not always the lowest cost. You should request written quotations to enable you to compare prices and choose the one that provides the best plastering service.
DIY enthusiasts should exercise caution with plastering tasks. Plasterers have the required skills, tools and materials to professionally complete the tasks. DIY can see you with excess materials, workmanship and quality issues.
Cost of Plasterboards per square metre
According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the standard rate for plasterboard supplies and installation range from $15 to $20 per m2. Plasterboard prices may fluctuate depending on the type of framing used and installation difficulties.
The table below shows the projected cost of plastering jobs in domestic homes (Note: Prices include preparation and wall/ceiling framing).
|Flush-finished Plasterboard (1 x 10mm thick)|
|Timber wall framing||per sqm||$27||$28||$24||$29||$33||$36||$34||$24|
|Steel wall framing||per sqm||$28||$28||$24||$29||$34||$36||$34||$24|
|Timber ceiling framing||per sqm||$28||$30||$27||$31||$36||$42||$44||$42|
|Hardwall (16mm thick), two coats|
|Brick walls||per sqm||$49||$25||$50||$53||$53||$47||$40||$55|
|Concrete walls||per sqm||$49||$27||$51||$54||$54||$50||$40||$55|
*Pricing details are based on Australian Construction Handbook 2018 Edition.
Prices change as the size and thickness of plaster materials increase. For different types of plastering jobs, the indicative costs are:
- Drywall/Gyprock plasterboard installation costs about $23 to $36 per m2
- Hard wall plaster installation costs about $30 to $70 per m2
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Note: Wet plaster installation costs $45 to $90 per m2. This type is more expensive compared to other types due to its greater impact resistance and aesthetics. The prices above should only be used as a guide and may vary based on market rates.
Factors that Influence the Cost of Plastering Services
Here are the following aspects to consider when organising your expenses for plasterboard installation.
1. Size of the wall
Plasterers often need to measure the wall dimension to calculate the number of plasterboards for the project. Multiplying the length and height of the wall gives you the total area in square metres.
2. Ease of access
Dealing with high ceilings can be a challenge and may cost you extra. Tackling hard-to-reach areas may require the use of scaffolding to ensure the tradie’s safety. Access difficulties may incur additional costs as they take more time to complete.
3. Style of your home
Homes have various architectural designs which you need to consider. The level of detail work a plasterer needs to accomplish affects how much you will be charged. A Victorian house, for instance, has detailed ornamentation that makes the job more complex.
4. Added ornaments
Adding decorative trims and finishes will impact the cost of plastering. Expect to pay more for optional designs and features that you want to install. Adding to that is the complexity of installation and the costs of the ornamental materials.
Note: Most plasterers will include a budget for wastages in the quotation. You may also consider clarifying the cost breakdown (e.g. per room/house price estimates) to ensure there are no hidden costs.
Plasterer’s Labour Rates
On average, the hourly cost of plasterers can range from $65 to $105. Considering the price variations in different locations, here are the average charge-out rates of plasterers per hour.
|City||Average Contract Charge-Out Rate|
|Sydney||$76 to $105|
|Perth||$82 to $87|
|Melbourne||$79 to 87|
|Brisbane||$85 to $89|
|Adelaide||$65 to $75|
On a per-square-metre basis, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has indicated a benchmark range for labour prices of two to three tradespeople, which is around $8 to $16 per square metre.
Note: For bigger plastering jobs, we recommend quoting based on square metres. Posting a job on HIREtrades gives you access to up to three free quotes by local plasterers in your area.
If you wish to add decorative elements such as cornices, seek advice from a local plasterer to specify your requirements and provide you with standard pricing. The ATO recommends a benchmark figure of cornice installation of $5 to $10 per linear metre.
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