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Being an au pair in Australia


THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED IN 2011


Employment requirements and conditions for au pairs and nannies change on a regular basis in every country. Please note it is YOUR responsibility to check the most up-to-date information on government websites. Thank you!


In order to work as an au pair in Australia, an au pair must be a national of one of the countries that have a Working Holiday Scheme agreement with Australia (see the section on visas for more information).

  • Age: must be age 18-30
  • Salary (Pocket money): Nothing specified by government. Negotiable.
  • Number of hrs to work and days off: Au pairs in Australia usually work between 20-40 hrs/week and usually get 2 days off per week
  • Visas: A Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday Visa is required to work as an au pair Australia. See our Visa requirements for Australia page for more information
  • Duration of stay: An au pair can work in Australia for up to 12 months with a Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday Visa
  • Language requirements: There are no language requirements for Australia but it is suggested that an au pair have a good understanding of English, the national language of Australia.
  • Health Insurance: An au pair is not required to have insurance however, as medical treatment in Australia is expensive, it is advisable that they have both travel and health insurance.
  • Travel costs: Travel costs to Australia from the au pair's home country should be covered by the au pair. However, if the host family wants to pay for a part of the costs, it is suggested that they do so after the au pair has stayed with them for at least half of the agreed time.



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