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How Much Does App Development Cost in Australia – 2019?

According to business research, mobile app users will reach 95% of the market by 2020. With users and customers spending more and more time on mobile, retailers and entrepreneurs will need to build or purchase an app to grow their business to new heights. So, what will that cost you?

In this blog, you can find out more about the cost of mobile application development in Australia. Let’s see the leading factors which are important for app development.

Here are a few of the main factors that affect the cost:

  • Who builds your app?
  • How your app gets built?
  • What you need your app to do?

So first, let’s understand the variables that affect the app development cost.

Business Plans

The journey of developing an app for your business starts from the very core which is the business and revenue generation plans. The revenue or business model is the biggest driving force behind the cost of developing the app.

Here are a few points to consider:

• The platform preferred by your target customers
• Are you wanting your app to be available for your local country or globally?
• The product you are trying to sell
• The devices that need to be integrated to make the app responsive
• Free App or Paid
• In-app Purchases
• The role of visual design in the app’s interface
• The advertisements — third party or of your own product
• E-commerce app involves even more time and cost.

These and numerous other factors play a very important role in the cost and time needed to develop the mobile application.

For example, the monetization strategy plays a very vital role. A paid app is easier to develop than applications that need to integrate in-app purchases.

Furthermore, a crucial business model depends on your goals and your customer preferences and requirements, in any case, a mobile app can be highly profitable.

What type of app you choose to develop?

A mobile app is developed specifically for mobile devices, tablets and watches. Essentially, it may perform the same tasks as your website, but the process is made significantly more efficient and user-friendly. “Ease of use” is, therefore, a significant prerequisite in an app also known as UX user experience, we take this very seriously.

Now, are all apps the same? Definitely not.

There are three types of mobile applications — Web, Native and Hybrid.

Let’s look at the development process of each of these types.

1. Web Application:

After many years we have found conclusive evidence that over 99% of smartphone users prefer web apps over mobile websites. Web apps are websites optimised for mobile phone users.

Read more Progressive Web Apps (PWA) – The Future of Mobile Web Development

2. Native Application:

A native application is a type of mobile app developed for a particular operating system that is either Android or IOS and can be downloaded from the Apple store or Google Play store.

Native apps are more complex but provide an unmatched user experience.

They must be developed separately for Android and IOS Platforms and need to be approved to be listed.

3. Hybrid Application:

A relative simpler app to develop, a hybrid app functions on a single programming language and can work on both platforms (Android, iOS).

They generally perform like native apps, easier to develop and manage. However, the user experience on native apps depending on features may be better.

However, Flutter is evolving and our goto for hybrid mobile app builds now. 

Read about Flutter and its benefits

Let’s see here 5 major things to have in your app development project:

  1. App Maintenance/updates: This is an after-app deployment essential. Your app development company need to run maintenance to ensure that the app doesn’t stop working at any point.

  2. Logos/icons: You will need a logo for your app. It is that unique icon that identifies it on the app store and to your users.

  3. Who to call for corrections: The app will need some modification at some point? Your development team are the go-to people when you notice or get feedback of something amiss. It is usually good advice to pay them a yearly maintenance fee, at least for a period of 5 years.

  4. UI/UX: Thorough research has to be done to understand the persona or people your app is targeted at. This research will help how the design team designs the mobile app interface. It would also identify areas of your app that needs a change to fit the user demand.

  5. Push notifications: Every Mobile app notwithstanding the type or nature needs a web platform that will act as the admin panel which will drive communication for whatever instance it is required.

These 5 tips given above are some of the benefits you’ll have when developing your app with Digital One Agency, we value our customers and treat their project like it is ours. We like to ensure our clients have a fixed cost solution and time frame in every proposal we provide.

We work with our clients long term and have seen many clients build their apps with us over many years perfecting them in phases as new technology becomes available. At Digital One Agency, we are here to be your long term partner with all services available under the one roof.

Now you know the stages involved in mobile app development read below to see how much it costs to create an app.

How Much Does It Cost to Create an App?

Cost Estimation and Development Stages

Software development stages are followed in mobile app development. We are highlighting the stage of development with cost estimate per time duration and also letting you in on the professionals in charge of the different stages.

Let’s look at the stages of development. mobile app development stages

1. Mobile Ideation & Research

Every development begins with an idea, plan and research. The same with mobile app development.  It all begins with your brilliant idea. Then research, this is done to answer certain questions like who is your potential target user or audience? What problems will your app help solve?

Then, to identify your top competitors, analyse the market and develop your strategies to come up with something they are missing. This is usually done by a business developer.

At the end of this stage, a written document created by the content developer would be presented, this will explain in detail what the project is about and what is expected of each developer at different development stages. This stage should take up to approximately 2 to 8 days minimum. It would cost approximately A$500- A$2,500 Depending on complexity.

Time Duration: 2 to 8 Days | Cost : Approx A$500- A$2,500 Depending on complexity.

2. App Design

This stage puts a visual to your idea. It also involves the User Interface design (UI) and wire-framing.  Generally, it shows the information architecture. In addition, it also displays how the user flows through the different component of the app. Visual designers, User Interface designers and front-end designers usually work on this stage.

As a result, this stage presents an organised, structured workflow sketch of the screens and each screen components, all the buttons and everything the eye can see on the app is created here in this stage.

Development time for this stage will be for is usually for a minimum of 2 to 14 days with a fee of approximately A$500- A$5,000. Variable based on the project size.

Time Duration:  2 – 14 Days | Cost: Approx A$500- A$5,000

3.Interactive Prototyping

This will enable the client to understand how the mobile application features and feedback work. Principally, the User interface designer is in charge of this stage of development.

This stage will cost approximately A$1,500 – A$7,500 depending on the features.

Time Duration: 2 – 14 Days | Cost:  Approx A$1,500 – A$7,500

4. App Coding

This stage is the most essential and important one, this is where the app developers write the code for the application under the strict guidance of the project manager. This includes both coding the front-end design and coding for the back-end functionalities.

The cost of this stage varies significantly, depending on the Number of Apps to make the whole project work, if it is iOS or Android only both or even Flutter, this all makes a massive impact and the pricing varies significantly depending on the above.  

Time Duration: 1 to 3 Months | Cost: Contact Us For a Proposal

5. Mobile App Testing

Quality assurance specialist will at this stage test the mobile app and ensure the app is free from bugs and errors. This should last for typically 2 to 8 days and the cost is built into your proposal

Time Duration: 2 to 8 Days | Cost: Included in the project

6. Deployment & Maintenance

And last stage, the mobile app is all set and ready for use by the user. After the app development team have uploaded the app to the App stores and fulfil the requirements, the app would be published and can be downloaded by users.

Deployment is included in our proposals; ongoing maintenance costs vary depending on the technology used and we also provide the costs with every proposal.


So, how much does it cost to build an app in Australia? It depends on many factors. Development charges, application size, complexity technologies used. We hope our article will help you find answers of your own.

If not, Digital One Agency are always ready to help you estimate your app idea.  We have been building Mobile Apps in iOS app, Hybrid app and Android App Development Sydney for over 10 Years now and provide a complete solution. From your Idea, we work with you to produce the highest quality Mobile Apps for clients around the world! Our dedicated mobile app development team will discuss your project in detail, then provide you with a detailed proposal to suit your budget and timeline.

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