How much does a private investigator cost?

Posted on 03 Dec by The Magician in In Uncategorized [Comments 2]

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 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 field work that isn’t surveillance comes in at the 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. 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 Integral Investigations in 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

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  1. 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.



    • The Magician (3 years ago) Reply


      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 and we can sort this assignment out for you.

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