Consider the Size of Your Office Fit Out Costs

Most businesses take on an outfitting project to create the perfect environment to accommodate their organisation comfortably. You may be moving into a larger space or creating a larger office because your business is expanding. There are certain factors to consider when you take on a project like this:

  • How many staff do you have?
  • How much space does your team require?
  • Potential growth for office space

Legal Space Considerations

Confirm the required office space per person based on the Building Code of Australia before starting your outfitting project. In Australia, you must meet the minimum requirements within the National Construction Code (NCC). All businesses must comply with providing a minimum of at least 10 square metres of space within offices per person.

Budgeting For Your Office Fit Out Project

Depending on the style of your office, your budget will change. To give you an idea of costs, here is an idea of what you might expect to pay per square metre.

Budgeting For a New Office

Providing you are looking to create a modern, open floor plan, you can consider budgeting for approximately $600-$800 per square metre. This cost approximation includes Goods and Service Tax (GST).

Budgeting For Smaller Office Space

If you are planning on outfitting a small office with some luxuries, fixtures and detail, you can consider budgeting for approximately $850-$1200 per square metre. GST is included in this cost.

Budgeting For an Executive Office

High-end office space, looking for that wow factor, can cost up to $2000 per square metre in Melbourne.

Keeping Office Fit Out Costs Low

Some things you can consider may include deciding on an open floor plan with only a few smaller offices.

If you consider non-wired IT systems that don’t require complex installation, that can keep costs low. Modular or hotel-style workstations cut down on costly office space. Choose base-model, manufactured furniture, and upholstery rather than high-end furnishings. A small kitchenette in place of an entire kitchen. A basic ceiling design rather than plaster or special features.

Factors that Impact the Cost of Office Fit Outs

Many factors, although a great addition to fit-out, can have an impact on the price of your project. These include:

  • High-end furniture and furnishings
  • Environmentally friendly products
  • Unique materials and seating for executives
  • Changes to architecture
  • Alterations to the acoustics in the building
  • Break-out rooms
  • A full kitchen
  • Boardrooms with high-end technology
  • Showers and change rooms
  • Partitions and glass walls
  • Certain ceiling finishes


Hear from customers who have been satisfied with Metro Office Outfits. Customers look for professionals who deliver what they promise without additional costs while still providing high-end quality.


When you take on an office fit out project in Melbourne, the cost can be affected by various factors. Do your homework before diving into anything and see what your outfit project will entail determining a timeline. Consider a minimum of 10 square metres of space per person. Office fit out costs can be anywhere from $600-$2000 per square metre. If you require building permits, you must register with the City of Melbourne. If significant structural changes and permits are needed, maybe you should consider an entirely new space.