How much does a private investigator cost?

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How much does a private investigator cost?

How much does a private investigator cost? Well, that is a good question. Private investigation in Australia is a fairly small industry sector, although it is a competitive one. There are a number of single operators appearing to be larger than they actually are, and a few rogue and unscrupulous operators as well. All private investigators need to be licensed in their relative states and this can confirmed easily – ask for their licence details and check with the particular authorities in your state.

So what is the private investigator cost …….. there are a number of different services we offer and each product can vary in cost depending on the number of hours, and expertise required. And to make things more unknown, most investigations don’t come with a fixed charge because we don’t know how long it will take to get the answers required……. think about it logically – it makes total sense.

For example, many investigations today are solved by carrying out visual surveillance (following the subject) because this is one of the few legal directions we now have. Surveillance is costed at an hourly rate – not ‘per investigation’. It is just a time based exercise until the results come your way, although some clients do have an exact timeframe that they need a private detective so they can work out exactly what it will cost. Surveillance is charged at an hourly rate of $125 per operative required on the job. Some jobs require two and even more operatives and the costs rise accordingly. It is difficult to predict the typical outlay for a surveillance assignment but we would suggest somewhere in the vicinity of $1500 and $3000 would be quite normal. Many assignments come in at a lesser charge, and plenty go over this average as well. We have resolved problems for as little as $500, and some clients have spent well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If more of a factual investigation is required, we may send a field operative out into the word asking questions of people, canvassing for witnesses, interviewing connected persons etc. All fieldwork that isn’t surveillance comes in at a higher hourly rate of $165.

And then there is everything else that we do as licensed private investigators. From background checks to general database inquiries, to missing persons, to computer and mobile phone forensics, electronic bug sweeps …….. the list is continual. In these situations, we really have to have a conversation about the circumstances of the problem and then we can work out how much it may cost to investigate the issue at hand. You may be agreeably surprised that many investigations may be less expensive than you would have imagined. To know exact private investigator cost Give us a call and we are only too happy to advise further. That’s what we do.

Should you wish to contact us here at Private Investigator Sydney or Brisbane, Tweed and the Gold Coast, please feel free to call us on 02 9460 4988, mobile on 0411 853 111 or email us directly at enquiries@integralinvestigations.com.au

10 Comments
  • Thomas
    Posted at 02:24h, 25 June Reply

    Hey, i’d like to know your prices for an investigation about my girlfriend. I’m back in France and she is in Sydney for 1 or 2 months more, please let me know if an interview is possible asap.

    Regards

    Thomas

    • The Magician
      Posted at 05:41h, 25 June Reply

      Thomas,

      Surveillance based investigations are just charged at an hourly rate of $125. This is all inclusive of taxes, mileage, travel time, regular updates and photographs. It is up to you to give us an idea of her routine, and the times and days you would like her watched.

      Feel free to call us at any time on +61 411 853 111 but we do find that jobs originating from Europe it can be difficult to talk. Email would be best at enquiries@integralinvestigations.com.au and we can sort this assignment out for you.

  • Tahlia lopez
    Posted at 07:11h, 09 June Reply

    I have been chasing my ex for a paternity test for 3 years he keeps saying yeah I’ll do it then tells me to don’t msg him I have no address or number for him only have had to use Messanger to contact him it it my child’s right to know her identitie by law it’s her right but with no last known addresses or phone number I can file anything through a court please help how much would this cost

    • The Magician
      Posted at 23:26h, 10 June Reply

      The cost is pretty straightforward. To locate a person we charge an upfront fee of $400 to take the job on. This amount is not refundable. If we can’t locate the person there is nothing further to pay and our costs have been covered by the $400. If we do find an address then we charge an additional $400 as a ‘success fee’ and then give you the details. We get about 8 out of 10 for this costing scenario. Sometimes the direction of investigation can change and we have to talk about options and other potential costs but this is unusual. Time frame is normally one to two weeks although there are times when it is quicker, and times when it is longer.

      If you have any further questions or wish to proceed just drop me a line by email at david@integralinvestigations.com.au

      Regards
      David
      Integral Investigations

  • Andrew Brown
    Posted at 13:49h, 24 February Reply

    Hey guys could you tell me how much it would cost me to find out if my wife is cheating on me or lieing to me about her been on this site called “POF. COM”iv been given info of a profile on this site and would like to know if 1. She has lied to me about it being her running it or if she has/is being cheating on me cheers Andrew

    • integralinvestigations
      Posted at 06:24h, 28 February Reply

      Andrew,

      Most infidelity based private investigations are charged at an hourly rate of $125. This includes GST, travel time, mileage, pictures and regular updates. There are no hidden charges at the end. We will need more information from you to work out whether the investigation will be surveillance based, or whether we can do some research around the website. If you would like to contact our Sydney office directly on 02 9460 4988 or email us at enquiries@integralinvestigations.com.au we’ll be able to advise further.

      The Integral Team

  • Maya
    Posted at 11:25h, 29 July Reply

    HI,

    My Brother is mixing with the wrong crowd, he has moved out of home and he is staying with friends who are a bad influence we have no Idea of his living location and whereabouts. My mum and Dad try many times to communicate with him but he never replies. I was wondering if private investigators could locate him by his phone number or full name.

    • integralinvestigations
      Posted at 22:51h, 29 July Reply

      Hi Maya,

      Private investigators do not have the technology to locate someone by pinging their phone. However we locate people every day using other methods such as database searches and surveillance. We usually start with database checks at a cost of $400 and if that fails we step over to surveillance and field work. If we are successful with the database investigation you pay another $400 as a ‘success fee’ and you have your answer for $800 in total. If we move over to field work it is charged at an hourly rate of $125 and it is impossible to say how long it may take. The result of an investigation depends on the quality of the information you can provide us to start with.

      If this is something you would like to get started with, just email us directly at enquiries@integralinvestigations.com.au and we can assist further.

  • John Feelgood
    Posted at 23:36h, 29 September Reply

    Hi How much would it cost to find my friends half siblings and I have limited info as they were adopted out at a young age.as I am trying to surprise him of their whereabouts

    • integralinvestigations
      Posted at 03:12h, 30 September Reply

      Hi John,

      The cost of locating a person depends on the quality of the information you can provide us in the first place. So if you don’t have a current name we are very little chance. Also, females can be harder to track because they are likely to have been married in the mean time and the names we are supplied by you might not be relevant now. So before a private investigator can quote on locating children that have been adopted out, we have to have a look at the information you can start us with.

      Can you please forward the information you do have to our Managing Director at david@integralinvestigations.com.au and he will look over it and assess it for you.

      Regards
      The Integral Team

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