Homeowners and businesses depend on well-working plumbing every day. In Australia, the plumbing industry ensures the smooth functioning of households and commercial establishments. A professional master plumber will ensure expert and safe completion of the job, whether it involves fixing a leaking tap or installing a new solar hot water system.

But how much does a plumber cost in Australia? 

At Woden Valley Plumbing & Gasfitting, we understand that costs can be a significant concern for homeowners, which is why we have compiled this comprehensive guide to help you understand what a standard and emergency plumber costs and what to expect from plumbing companies in Australia.


The Average Plumbing Services Costs in Canberra

Whether an hourly rate or a fixed price, plumber cost varies significantly depending on your state or territory and the type of service you need. For example, in Canberra, a plumber’s hourly rate can range from $80 to $150 per hour. 

The rate can increase if you require emergency plumbing services, costing anywhere from $150 to $300 per hour. Other impacting factors include:

  • The type of issue you are experiencing.
  • The complexity of the problem.
  • The materials required for the repair or installation
  • Whether the plumbers offer fixed prices or hourly rates

Why Do Plumbing Job Costs Vary?

One of the primary reasons plumbing costs vary in Australia and locally in Canberra is the difference in labour rates across the country. Some plumbers may charge more than others due to the high cost of living or competition in the area. 

 Another factor that can impact costs is the type of service you need. For instance, installing a new hot water system may be more expensive than fixing a minor leak because it requires more time and effort while accounting for the varying cost of materials.

 Finally, the experience and qualifications of the plumber can also impact the cost of plumbing services. More experienced plumbing contractors may charge a higher rate due to their expertise and knowledge, especially when they are members of leading organisations, such as the Master Plumbers Association.

As such, when looking at the emergency plumbing job cost, be sure to weigh the expense against the expertise and quality of service.

    A Breakdown of the Cost of Plumbing Jobs in Canberra

    Understanding the various components of the Australian Plumbing Cost Guide can help you budget for upcoming projects, along with our rundown of some everyday plumbing expenses that are standard across Australia:

    Call-out fee

    Most licensed plumbers charge an initial call-out fee, typically $50 to $150, depending on location, time, and job complexity. Some plumbers may include the call-out fee in their overall pricing, while others may apply it separately. 

    Our plumber rates are included in a detailed and tailored quote to ensure you have good knowledge of what your plumbing problems will cost. The call-out fee covers the plumber’s time and expenses for travelling to your location and the cost of assessing the plumbing work. 

    The fee is often in place when emergency plumbers need to travel to your location outside regular business hours.

    Plumber Cost Per Hour

    Hourly rates can vary, but on average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $80 to $150 per hour for simple services. This includes fixing leaky taps, unclogging blocked drains, and replacing shower heads.

    Most plumbers refer to the Australian Plumbing Cost Guide to ensure any plumbing installation, repair or maintenance cost per hour is reasonable and fair.

    Fixing a Leaking Pipe

    On average, fixing a pipe leaking in Canberra can start at $150, with additional costs for any necessary parts or materials. The prices are likely higher for more severe leaks or hard-to-reach areas, such as inside walls or under the flooring.

    Addressing concerns quickly is paramount, as delaying repairs can lead to more significant problems and potentially higher costs in the future. Leaking toilets or pipes can cause damage to not only your entire bathroom but also other areas of your home. 

    Many plumbers have seen a simple leak or a dripping tap become a burst pipe that requires extensive repairs. So, be sure to contact your local plumber before the issue escalates.

    Cost of Installing New Fixtures

    Plumbing installations for new fixtures such as toilets, sinks, and showers can enhance the look and functionality of your bathroom or kitchen. The cost of installing new fixtures can vary depending on the job’s complexity, the type of fixtures you choose, and the plumbing company you hire. 

    On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $1,000 for installing new fixtures in your home, but we always urge our customers to ask us for a detailed quote specific to their needs for accurate and fair plumbing prices.

    Cost of Hot Water Installation & Repairs

    When hot water systems malfunction, they can cause significant inconvenience. The cost of repairing or replacing hot water systems can vary depending on your system type and the extent of the damage. 

    On average, you can expect to pay anywhere between $500 to $2,500 for hot water system repairs and replacements. It is a significant plumbing job and requires the expertise of a licensed plumber and a tradesperson certificate. 

    Tips to Save on Plumbing Costs

    While it may seem like plumbers charge a lot for plumbing jobs, you can save money by using these tips:

    • Regular maintenance: Routine maintenance can help prevent costly repairs in the future. Schedule an annual inspection to identify potential issues before they become significant problems. The final plumbing prices will likely be lower than an emergency plumbing job costs.
    • DIY repairs: For minor issues such as unblocking drains, consider attempting the repairs yourself before calling local plumbers.
    • Invest in quality materials: While it may be tempting to pay for cheaper materials, they can save you long-term money as they are more durable and require less maintenance.

    Ask Us About Our Plumbing Rates & Services

    Don’t get stuck with sky-high plumbing bills. We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and quality workmanship at an affordable price. 

    Our expert master plumbers provide the highest level of service and ensure that all our clients are satisfied with our work. We use only the highest quality materials and equipment to ensure our work is long-lasting and reliable.

    If you need expert service plumbers, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our master plumbers are standing by to assist you with anything from installing water systems to hooking up washing machines.