Au Pair in Australia – The Land Down Under

Who wouldn't love to live Australia at least once in life? Becoming an Au Pair in Australia will offer you the opportunity to get to know the Down Under land.

The Au Pair in Australia program will help you improve your English skills while enjoying the magic landscapes and the exciting australian lifestyle. Australians are open and always willing to welcome anybody, which will give you the great opportunity to meet lots of new people.

Au Pair in Australia - At a Glance

  • Age: between 18 and 30 years old
  • Duration of Stay: between 3 and 12 months
  • Working Hours: 25-35 hours per week
  • Holidays: 1 weeks holiday recommended for 6 months of stay or the payment of a completion bonus. The Au Pair will have at least one day off per week; this day should be a Sunday once a month.
  • Travel Expenses: the Au Pair will travel at their own expenses
  • Insurance: the Au Pair is responsible for health, accident and travel insurance
  • Pocket Money: 150-250 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.

Can I become an Au Pair in Australia?

In order to become an Au Pair in Australia, you need to meet the following requirements.

  • You speak good English
  • You are not younger than 18 and not older than 30
  • You are healthy and don't smoke
  • You like hanging out with children
  • You don't have your own children and are not married

What are my duties as Au Pair?

Your responsibilities vary depending on the Host Family you are staying with.  Nevertheless, the main task of an Au Pair in any country is childcare and so it is in Australia so it is really important that you like spending time with children.

Your tasks might include dressing the children in the morning, feeding them, take them to school, kindergarten or to play dates in the afternoon, do crafts with them, play with them or read a book to them. Tasks will depend on their age, habits and lifestyle so make sure you know the Host Family's expectations before the beginning of your stay.

Its also expected from the Au Pair to do some light housework, which might include keeping the children's room(s) tidy, doing the kids' laundry and iron it, vacuuming, emptying or load the dishwasher or doing some light shopping.

Find out more about Au Pair duties in Australia here.

Visa requirements

Working Holiday Visa

  • Subclass 462 or student visa: citizens of Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and USA.
  • Subclass 417: citizens of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France , Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Canada, the U.S., Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan or Cyprus.

Special Category Visa

Citizens from New Zeeland

Make sure you apply for the visa you need before arriving in Australia. Permission into the country  is only granted from outside of the country and not once you get there. Don't forget you only get to stay a maximum of 6 months with a Host Family, so if you are willing to stay one year you have to apply for a visa extension once you change the Host Family.

In order to apply for a visa you will need to inform yourself at the Australian embassy about the requirements and the documents you need to get one. If you fulfill the requirements, you will probably need a signed contract from your future Host Family.

How much pocket money will I get?


The pocket money you earn as an Au Pair in Australia will depend on the family you are staying with but you can definitely find approximate wages of what an Au Pair should expect to earn in the Down Under country. Most Au Pair earn around $7 AUS per hour or a minimum of $150-$200 AUS per week. Working hours should be discussed between family and Au Pair before the beginning of the stay but Au Pair usually work 25-35 hours.

What does becoming an Au Pair in Australia cost?

We would like to give you a general idea of what your normal costs would be so that you can calculate everything you have to pay to become an Au Pair in Australia. Although the Au Pair program is the a greatest way to stay abroad without spending lotss of money, there are some things you should not forget.

At a Glance

  • Au Pair agency fee, depending on the method you choose
  • Travel expenses, which are in most countries to be paid by the Au Pair
  • Visa expenses
  • Presents for the Host Family

What about my insurance?

If you come from any of the following countries you will be able to access medical care at public hospital with a temporary visa and without a private health insurance: the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia and New Zealand.

The Au Pair should be covered with a medical healthcare insurance that will take care of all costs in case of an emergency. The “Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC)" provides help in an emergency case and will stop you from paying hospitalization costs and all the extra fees, which can be very expensive.

Protrip-world will help you find the perfect insurance package for you so that you won't have to worry during your whole Au Pair stay!

Au Pair blogs and stories - Share your experience!

If you have been an Au Pair in Australia and would like to share your experience with us in order to give future Au Pair and Host Families some advice or help them make a decision, do not hesitate to share your adventures on AuPair.net.

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