In the drilling industry, contractors shoulder the vital role of drilling into the earth’s surface for various applications – whether it's to facilitate mineral extraction, anchor structures or tap into subterranean water sources.
The 400 drilling contractors on iseekplant comprise of a robust network of skilled professionals and specialised machinery designed to meet Australia’s diverse drilling demands. Our platform hosts contractors that harness innovative drilling techniques and tools, ensuring your project is executed with precision, efficiency and adherence to safety standards.
This quick guide highlights the standard drilling contractor rates, types of drilling the iseekplant platform offers for hire, safety protocols and technological advances in drilling.
Understanding the costs associated with drilling operations in Australia empowers informed decision-making. Different projects demand varied skill sets and equipment, influencing the ultimate price. Let's navigate through a breakdown of potential costs:
|Project Type||Dry Hire Rates (per hour)||Wet Hire Rates (per hour)|
|Water Well||$80 - $130||$130 - $180|
|Environmental||$90 - $140||$140 - $190|
|Geo-Technical||$100 - $150||$150 - $200|
|Mineral||$110 - $160||$160 - $210|
Note: All prices listed on this page are estimates, exclude GST and are in AUD. These are estimates and may vary based on location, project complexity and contractor.
In drilling projects, certain additional costs can permeate through various stages, demanding prudent financial planning. Here’s a glance at potential additional costs:
|Additional Cost||Estimated Cost||Details|
|Site Preparation||$1,000 - $5,000||Including clearing, access development and preliminary testing|
|Permits & Approvals||$500 - $3,000||Varied based on location and project nature|
|Specialist Equipment||$200 - $1,000/hr||Depending on the machinery type and application|
|Material Transport||Variable||Contingent on distance, materials and logistic needs|
Note: All prices listed on this page are estimates, exclude GST and are in AUD. These costs are approximate and subject to variability based on specific project details.
With the multifaceted nature of drilling requirements across industrial, environmental and construction sectors, iseekplant features an expansive assembly of drilling contractors. Our platform can connect you with the specialists are experts in the the following:
Drilling costs can spiral or reduce based on many influential factors. Complexity of the job, depth required, geological challenges and specialised machinery needs are primary drivers dictating the final reciept.
The table below should give you an idea on the potential costs in a drilling project:
|Factor||Impact on Cost||Details|
|Geological Conditions||High||Complex geological conditions may require specialised machinery and techniques.|
|Project Depth||Moderate to High||Deeper depth projects typically necessitate more time and specialised equipment.|
|Accessibility||Moderate||Remote or difficult-to-access sites can escalate logistic costs.|
|Specialist Machinery||High||Advanced or specific machinery incurs additional expenses.|
Safety protocols are crucial in all drilling and construction operations. Adherence to guidelines Safe Work Australia and various state regulations prescribe is non-negotiable.
Drilling contractors prioritise worker safety through rigorous training, meticulous equipment maintenance and embedding a culture of safety vigilance. The table shows drilling safety protocols per state you should know about:
|State/Territory||Safety Protocol Title||Description|
|New South Wales (NSW)||WHS Regulation 2017||Focused on ensuring healthy, safe workplaces by minimising risks and enforcing training and emergency management plans.|
|Queensland (QLD)||Mining and Quarrying Act||Regulates the safety and health of individuals in the mining and quarrying industry, promoting risk management practices.|
|Victoria (VIC)||OHS Act 2004||Addresses the health and safety of workers by enforcing safe work practices and risk mitigation.|
|South Australia (SA)||WHS Act 2012||Aims to safeguard the well-being of workers by promoting information sharing and risk management across workplaces.|
|Western Australia (WA)||WHS Act 2020||Regulates safety and inspection protocols for mining operations, focusing on reducing risks and ensuring worker safety.|
|Tasmania (TAS)||WHS Act 2012||Geared towards protecting workers by imposing duties for workplace health and safety and managing associated risks.|
|Northern Territory (NT)||WHS (NUL) Act||Ensures that workers are provided with safe work environments, adequate training and mechanisms to manage hazards.|
|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)||WHS Act 2011||Advocates for the safety, health and welfare of workers by enforcing duties and obligations regarding risk management.|
Note: This table incorporates generic safety acts and regulations that may pertain to drilling activities but could also apply more broadly to various industries. We advise you verify each protocol, its specifics and its application to drilling with your local council for accurate, legal and compliant information.
Australia’s varied drilling demands necessitates continual adaptation and technological evolution. Recent advancements have revolutionised practices through Automated Drilling Systems (ADS), enhancing precision and reducing human error.
Innovative technologies like Sonic Drilling, offer rapid drilling with minimised waste. In addition, advancements in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) technologies pave the way for non-disruptive and environmentally considerate operations.
Furthermore, the integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics improves decision-making, steering projects towards their optimal trajectories.
iseekplant is your destination for securing top-tier drilling contractors across Australia. With a substantial network, we ensure you connect with the industry’s best, guaranteeing your project proceeds with expertise and precision.
From straightforward drilling projects to complex undertakings, we have the specialists you need, such as drilling and blasting experts. We can also connect you to suppliers of equipment, whether you need drill rigs, dozers, cranes or dump trucks onsite.
Here are some frequently asked questions and tips on finding the right drilling contractors for your job.