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What is the Average Cost of Electrical Repair Services?

Last updated: 30th May 2019

Electrical repair services in Australia have an average price of $80/hr. The rates, however, may vary depending on the work being done. Simple electrical repairs usually start at $70/hr, while a more complex job costs about $88/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Electricians on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Electrical repair prices from real customers

Sara from Vic: Metre box replacement
She had the metre box in her rental property replaced.
Sonya from Qld: Ceiling fan replacement
Her old ceiling fan was noisy, so she needed to take them out and replace with a new one. The quote she received covered the supply and installation of a new ceiling fan as well as the replacement of the wall controller. However, it does not include wall patching or painting, which may be required due to the removal of the old wall controller.
Johnny from Vic: Light switch repair/replacement
Switch was part of a three-switch socket, and it was the only part that wasn’t functioning. Lights were flickering and buzzing because of this, and they also failed to turn on.

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Cost of common electrical repair jobs

Electrical Repair Task Typical Quoted Prices
Ceiling fan repair $120
Power point repair $100
Downlight repair $150
Downlight replacement $220
Exhaust fan wiring $150

Project cost

Australians typically pay their sparkies around $152.16 for a standard electrical repair or routine maintenance job. However, if you need them for an emergency job or you need them to do certain tasks outside normal business hours, you will definitely be charged extra for that.

Factors that affect the cost of electrical repairs

There are many variables that come into play when it comes to estimating the overall price of an electrical repair job. Labour costs vary depending on the sparkie’s qualifications. A licensed electrician knows their worth and will charge according to their skill and level of expertise. Some tradies may offer to do the work for less but make sure that they are indeed licensed and insured to provide electrical repair services.

Be prepared to pay more for emergency electrical jobs as well. Sparks and burnt electrical smells need urgent attention as they can be potential fire hazards. Electricians who are available 24/7 charge a premium rate for work done on weekends, holidays, and after hours.

The size and scope of the job also affect the total amount that you need to pay. The longer it takes to finish the job, the more you’ll have to pay since electricians often charge on an hourly basis.

Cost of electrical repairs

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Cost per state

Residents of New South Wales and Victoria are paying the lowest price for electrical repairs at approximately $70/hr. Meanwhile, Western Australian residents are paying the highest rates at around $90/hr.

Electrical repairs in the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland have almost the same average rate at $75/hr and $76/hr respectively. If you are in South Australia, be prepared to shell out about $80/hr when hiring electricians.

For your safety and peace of mind, getting a licensed and insured electrician is a must. You can check out for a list of reliable electricians in your area.


Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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