BusyBee Au Pairs

Be an Au Pair in Australia

We provide the Au Pair in Australia Program in collaboration with our partner agency Smart Au Pairs Auz¬†SmartaupairsAustralia. You will benefit from their extensive experience and efficient support before and during your Au Pair experience. We place Au Pairs throughout Australia with Smart Au Pairs. You may indicate preferences on your location to be placed however flexible candidate will always be given priority. As an Au Pair, you participate in a cultural exchange program. You are a ” big sister” to the children in your Australian family and “live as a local”. You are welcomed as a member of the family and are given full board accommodation with your own room and weekly paid pocket money. For the Au Pair program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be age 19-30. Placements for 18 year olds can be arranged between January – June for those that have extensive childcare experience and a mature attitude.
  • Be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa
  • Have a valid passport
  • Be unmarried and have no dependants
  • Be happy to help with childcare and light housework, usually for 25 – 35 hours per week
  • Be able to do a minimum placement of 6 months
  • Have no pre-existing medical conditions and be fit and healthy
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Have a driver’s license ( non drivers can be placed between January – June
  • Can provide at least two childcare references or one childcare reference and one character reference

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Procedures and Application Process

Visa To be an Au Pair in Australia, you will need to have a valid passport and qualify for a ” working holiday visa”. You will apply for this visa before your travel and can complete this visa application once you are matched to your host family. http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/417.aspx

  • The working holiday visa is valid for 12 months and restricts you to stay 6 months in one work place/family. a 2nd placement of 6 months can be offered to you if you wish to be an Au Pair for the full 12 months. This can allow you to experience another part of Australia and a new family.

Compliance To be an Au Pair in Australia, you will need to have a valid Working With Children’s Check ( or blue card ) before you can care for host family children. You must apply for this upon arrival and infirm us of your approval number within the first 2 weeks of arrival. Rewards You will be expected to help care for the children and do some light housework in exchange for a comfortable room, weekly pocket money and your meals etc. This is a taste of cultural and social life within an Au Pair placement. Your weekly pocket money will be approximately $150-180 per week for 25 hours. Extra hours ( in school holidays etc) will be paid at approximately $7 per hour. You can expect to have 2 full days off a week and have plenty of time to travel and explore. You are responsible for paying your own flights, visa and gap year travel insurance. Expected Duties Each family will vary in what duties that they will require from an Au pair. The host family will provide a detailed handbook to you of the expectations but you can expect the following duties:

  • Wake up the children each morning and get them ready for their day
  • Prepare meals for the children at either breakfast, lunch or dinner and clean up from meal times
  • Help the children to keep their rooms clean and tidy and make their beds
  • Make sure the children are organised with their homework, school bags for school each day
  • Take children to/from school
  • Light housework and top-up food shopping
  • Assist the children with their homework, initiate and supervise play
  • Help the children with their bath routine and help to get them ready for bed
  • Baby sitting

Once you have accepted a family offer, an invitation letter from the host family will be prepared for you which you will need to sign. You can then apply for your visa, book your flights and organise your gap year travel insurance that we can assist with. We will also email to you a special Au Pair in Australia Training Manual to help you prepare and ready to settle into what will be a fun and adventurous time.

  • Basic Health & Safety with first aid including venomous Australian creatures
  • Routines and lifestyles of Australian Families
  • Role of Au pair within the family
  • Communication including discipline and praise
  • Child care and development
  • Diet and cooking
  • Planning activities and days out with the children

Ready to take that step forward and be an Au Pair? Looking to seek adventure and travel through cultural exchange? Have a genuine interest in working with children? If yes, please do complete our registration form and we will contact you to arrange the 1st step of interview. If you have any questions and would like to discuss these first then please do give us a call on: 01245 608313 / 608317