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Au Pair Program in Australia

Living in Australia as an Au Pair is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you shouldn´t miss.

Those who want to gain valuable experiences in a diverse, unique culture, with a beautiful landscape – Australia will be just right for you. Australia or the land ‘Down Under” is a greatly desired destination, with stunning landscapes, a wild, unspoiled outback, long, sandy beaches and unique flora and fauna, Australia is the perfect country to relax and be adventurous at the same time.

Au Pair Australia Check

Take into consideration the following information and then you can become an Au Pair:
  • I speak good English
  • I'm not younger than 18
  • I'm healthy and I don't smoke
  • I like hanging out with children
  • I don't have my own children and I'm not married
With its unique lifestyle and range of cultures, there is a number of different paths you can choose from. Staying with a local host family means that you can experience Australia as a local, and you will be exposed to a much more authentic view from the country.

There is not an official Au Pair program in Australia but it is easy to find a family that is right for you that will help you to have an unforgettable experience. Apart from language skills, your duties include taking care of children and helping with light housework. To improve your English language skills, you can attend language courses, on top of practicing anyways with your host family.

With or without an Au Pair Agency

The answer is pretty obvious: for sure you should consult an Au Pair agency:
  • The agency will help you to deal with visa formalities
  • You can always consult the office worker, who will answer all your questions
  • Au Pair agencies check the host families
  • You can be part of the meetings that the Au Pair agency orginizes 
  • It's simply safer to cooperate with the agency
The more effort you will put into the interactions among the family the better you gain a good relationship with the parents as well as the children. An Au Pair in Australia will get his/her own room, three meals a day and on top of that receive allowance that has been agreed before your stay. This pocket money can help to pay for minor travel funds, if you wish to. To ensure that your stay runs as you planned, you should previously take care of organizational matters, such as visa and passport.

Costs for the Au Pair

  • You have to pay for the agency
  • You will need to cover visa expenses
  • You might like to buy some presents for the host family
  • Travel costs
There are many possibilities where your future host family can be located: whether on a coastal town, in a city or in the outback further inland. However, please note that there are many Australian families who live on farms with children that need help being cared for. 

You should also be prepared to stay out in the countryside as there are many host families searching for an Au Pair. When you choose to start your Au Pair adventure it should be up for discussion between you and your host family, regarding your length of stay.

As the Australian visa for an Au Pair states, you can stay for a maximum of 6 months at one family, but overall a year in the Australian country. Meaning, if you wish to stay as an Au Pair in Australia for at least a year, you should make previously sure that you can stay at two different host families for each half a year. Additionally you should find in between your stay enough time to allow yourself to explore the many areas of this diverse and fascinating country.

You can also check out the forum for Au Pairs on www.aupair.net 

Au Pair in Australia - At a Glance

  • Age: 18-30 years
  • Length of stay: 3 - 12 Months (max. 6 months at one host family)
  • Working hours: 25-35 hours per week, plus 1-2 nights babysitting  
  • Holiday: We recommend that the Au Pair get 2 weeks holiday for a period of 6 months. The Au Pair has at least one day off per week; this day should be a Sunday once a month.
  • Traveling expenses: The Au Pair must pay for her/his own travel expenses. 
  • Insurance: The Au Pair is responsible for health, accident and travel insurance.
  • Pocket money: 150-230 AUS $ per week, or about 7 AUS$ per hour.
  • Visa requirements:
  • Working Holiday Visa 417: for citizens of Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, and United Kingdom
  • Work and Holiday visa 462: for citizens of Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and United States. This Work and Holiday visa is limited for some countries to 100 visas per year.
  • www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/working-holiday.htm

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Additional Information about Au Pair in Australia

- Duties
- Contract and Insurance
- Pocket Money
- Requirements
- Visa


There are a number of responsibilities and duties that will be expected from you and the host family during your Au Pair stay in Australia.

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Contract and Insurance

As there is no official Au Pair program for Australia, an Au Pair contract should be completed with your host family describing the holiday / working hours

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Pocket Money

Your rights as an au pair include that you get your own room and board for free, as well as approximately $150-230 AUS, depending on your agreements. Most au pairs should expect around $7 per hour or

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