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Cost of Asbestos Removal

Last updated: 8th Jun 2019 → Articles  →  Cost & Pricing Guides  → Cost of Asbestos Removal


The average cost of hiring an asbestos removal expert in 2018 is approximately $35/m2, but that price can range from $25/m2 to $40/m2 depending on the complexity and size of the job. The most common factors affecting cost include accessibility to the material, whether the removal occurs on the interior or exterior of the house, and the number of square metres affected on the property. As asbestos removal is a dangerous and specialised job, it is very important to use a professional asbestos removal specialist or company. You can obtain free square metre rates and quote consultation from ServiceSeeking asbestos removal experts here: Asbestos removal quotes.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Asbestos Removal Specialists on the site from January 2017 to January 2018.
Hear from an expert
Paul from Aussie Paul Asbestos Removal says the cost of an average home asbestos removal job will set you back around $1,250.

Factors affecting asbestos removal costs

Exposure to asbestos can cause health problems later in life, which is why it is very important to have your property inspected. If asbestos is found to be present, it has to be removed immediately by a professional. How much you spend will depend on the following:

  • The amount of asbestos found in your property determines how long it will take to finish the job.
  • The location of the asbestos also affects the overall costs. For example, removing asbestos outside the house or building — such as on fences and eaves of the roof — is much easier compared to getting rid of asbestos from interior locations. Removing asbestos inside the house is also dangerous since it can contaminate curtains, carpets, and beddings.
  • Asbestos can be in the form of large chunks, fibres, or loose dust. Loose asbestos is labour intensive and will take longer to remove.
  • Steep roofs, trees, and hard-to-reach areas are obstacles that can make asbestos removal more difficult.

Asbestos roofing cost guide

The below table breaks down rough costs for removing asbestos from roofing material:

Roofing material sizeCost
0 – 20 metres$60 per square metre
20 – 100 metres$40 per square metre
+100 metres$28 per square metre

Which state offers the most affordable rates?

Cost of asbestos removal services

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Residents of Victoria have no reason to delay asbestos removal jobs since they enjoy the lowest average rate at about $25/m2. Queensland has the second lowest average price at approximately $30/m2.

Residents of Victoria have no reason to delay asbestos removal jobs since they enjoy the lowest average rate at about $25/m2. Queensland has the second lowest average price at approximately $30/m2.

Asbestos removal costs in New South Wales reflect the nationwide average, which is around $35/m2. Hiring an asbestos removalist in Western Australia will cost you about $48.50/m2. Meanwhile, the highest average rate for removing asbestos is in South Australia at approximately $75/m2.

If you suspect that there’s asbestos in your property, call an asbestos removal company right away. has a list of licensed and experienced asbestos removalists who can make sure that the job is handled properly.

Pricing information correct as at February 2018.

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