How much does a new fence cost?

Price guide

$75 - $1,000

low

$75

median

$150

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$1,000

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How much does a new fence cost?

There’s a reason the humble white picket fence has such symbolic value. Whether you’re creating a cottage-core vibe or looking at panels for privacy, a new fence can refresh any home. But how much does fencing cost in Australia?

The average cost of a fence in Australia is $150 per metre. This will vary based on the size of your fence and the style of fence you choose. There are two main cost factors when installing a new fence

  • Cost of materials (fencing cost per metre)

  • The price of installation labour (usually takes one to three days)

Feeling fenced in by your budget? With our price guide, you can find out exactly how much different fence types cost and make an informed choice for your own home.

Top factors that affect overall fence costs


Size of fence

It probably comes as no surprise that size will influence your new fence cost. The bigger the fence, the more materials and labour you need. To get an accurate quote, you’ll need to consider both the height and the length of your fence.

The length depends on how much space you want to enclose. If you are only replacing a section (not building a whole new fence), this cost will be smaller. You may also only be installing a fence along one side of the property, e.g. if you live in a semi-detached house, you may only need a front fence. Once you know the length, you can determine the fence cost per metre and multiply it by the length you are after.

Height will determine the size and cost of the fence panels you need. In general, there are 4-ft high fences (think waist-height) and 6-ft high fences (head height) as standard sizes.

Type of fence

Different fences, different price points. Whichever your personal preference, the type of fence you choose will directly impact your final cost. The cheapest type is a weave fence in terms of materials, while a slatted or lattice fence is generally more expensive.

You can also choose different types of posts: timber or concrete. Timber is usually used for post and rail fences in traditional farms, while concrete block fences can offer privacy for backyard pools or hot tubs. The cost of post and rail fencing per metre is generally cheaper, so expect to pay on the lower end for a given fence type.

Different fencing types and their costs


Timber

Timber fences are very popular due to their affordability and aesthetic appeal. They make great garden fences and are also very easy to install and repair. While they’re great when you’re on a budget, this fence can require a little more maintenance than some others. It needs to be painted often to maintain its appeal and might crumble faster than other types in harsher Australian climates. The cost for different types of timber fencing are:

  • $75 - $120 per metre for a treated pine paling fence

  • $80 - $125 per metre for a hardwood paling fence

  • $280 - $350 per metre treated pine timber slat fence

Steel or colorbond

Steel or colorbond fencing is strong and customisable, with more than 20 colours to choose from to match your home design. Its price ranges from $65 to $100 per metre. 

Wrought iron

Wrought iron fences are metal fences made of tall metal sheets. They are a very durable option that adds elegance and sophistication to your home. With this, wrought iron fencing costs range from $450 to $600 per metre.

Brick

Although a bit more expensive than other types of fencing, brick fencing is one of the most stable and durable types. They can also be combined with other materials such as iron, timber, or steel. However, you will need to apply for council approval before installing brick fences since the height cannot exceed 2 metres. Brick fencing costs start at $550 up to $1000 per metre.

PVC or vinyl

Aside from timber, PVC or vinyl fencing is also one of the most cost-effective options for home fencing. One type of PVC fencing, the white picket fence, is iconic for a reason. These neat fences create an open, peaceful border for your home and garden. PVC is also maintenance-free and hard-wearing, making it a very convenient option for many homeowners. The cost for PVC fencing ranges from $25 to $180.

We’ve found out as much as we can about fence types and how they affect your finances. The below table shows the average cost of fencing in Australia:

Fence type

Cost 

Timber

$75 to $350

Steel or colorbond

$65 to $100

Wrought iron

$450 - $600

Brick

$550 to $1000

PVC or vinyl

$25 to $180


Not sure what fence you need? Speak to someone in the know. Talk about sections of slats or close board fencing costs per metre with a trusted fencing professional from Airtasker.

Additional costs to consider

The more you know, the more you can manage your budget. When you’re considering your garden fence cost, think about the following elements:

  • Landscaping – You’ll have to clear access to dig holes for a fence, so why not do a little landscaping at the same time? Maybe you’ve been meaning to lay some turf or build a children’s sandpit.

  • Garden gate – Is it time for a gate upgrade? You can install a gate for around $100 while you’re at it.

  • Paint – It’s a good idea to seal your new fence panels with a coat of weatherproof paint. Expect to pay around $50 for a tub, which should coat ten panels. Or, you can find someone to do the fence painting for you!

Tips to minimise fence installation costs


Reduce the height of the fence

Why are you building your fence? Consider your answer, then get the lowest height you need to achieve that purpose. For example, are you trying to keep small children and pets inside the boundary? You probably don’t need a 6-ft high fence.

Choose low-cost fence designs

Choosing a low-cost fence design, such as a simple fence and posts design, will be cheaper than a custom-designed metal fence. This keeps costs down and is a factor where you have more control over the length of the fence.

Do a little DIY

You might not be able to install the entire fence yourself, but you can do the finishing touches and save on some labour costs. This might include treating and painting wooden fence panels, making them weatherproof.

Finding your dream fence doesn’t have to be stressful. From initial planning to the fence installation process, costs will be a combination of materials and labour. These vary depending on the size and type of fence you want to install. To get a more accurate estimate, skip fence cost calculators and get a personalised quote when you put up a task on Airtasker!

FAQs

Can I install fencing myself?

Installing a fence yourself always carries a risk, especially since materials can be heavy and cumbersome. But for simple fences, a DIY enthusiast can probably replace or put up fence panels themselves. Keep in mind, it is physically demanding, and you’ll need at least two people, even for smaller fences. You will likely want to get some help from a trusted fence installer for more extensive, more complicated fencing.

Are fences considered shared property between neighbours?

In general, you can see this by looking at the fence itself. Are the posts facing you? Then, you probably own the fence. If unsure, check your land and registry documents. If yours aren’t clear, check the ones for your neighbours, too.

Do I need a permit when installing a new fence?

It varies per state and city. In some places, if your fence extension goes beyond two metres, you would need to get a building permit. If the fence is shared with a neighbour and you would like to build an extension, some states like New South Wales declared that the builder should shoulder the bill. The general rule is to check with your local council before building anything to ensure you are not breaking any laws.