Au Pair Australia
Au Pair Australia

We are no longer accepting applications for Au Pair Australia.

As an au pair in Australia, you’ll live with a vetted host family for 6 to 12 months, care for your host children for up to 35 hours per week, and experience Australia as a local. You’ll receive a stipend, private bedroom, and meals. This intercultural experience is a great way to help others and gain insight into Aussie culture with the safety and support of a program.

Key Info

Duration

Duration

6 or 12 months

Location

Location

Suburbs of major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney

Program Dates

Program Dates

Year round

Application Deadline

Application Deadline

Sign up at least 3 months before your desired travel date

Requirements

  • 18-30 years old at program start date
  • High school graduate
  • At least 200 hours of childcare experience
  • Driver’s license (preferred)

Program Highlights

Become Part of a Family Abroad

Become Part of a Family Abroad

Help with your host children's development

Friends from Around the World

Friends from Around the World

Connect with fellow au pairs from all over the globe

Exciting Locations

Exciting Locations

Placements in the suburbs of cities such as Melbourne and Sydney

Welcoming Hosts

Welcoming Hosts

Stipend, private bedroom, and all meals included

Program Highlights

Process

Sign Up

Sign Up

Complete an application with your chosen provider

Connect

Connect

Meet your host family through video chat

Travel

Travel

Get your visa and flight and head to Australia!

Au Pair Life

The Homestay

The homestay is the heart of this program. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to host-family living on your Au Pair Australia program:

Safe Placements
  • Host families are screened for safety.
  • Families submit applications and references, have an interview, and pay a program fee (they are not paid to host you).
Typical Family
  • Families vary in personality and size but most have two or three children and they’re all excited about cultural exchange.
  • Most families reside in the suburbs of cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, are middle class, and have young children; some have elementary-aged children.
Matching Process
  • You’ll have an opportunity to connect with potential host families.
  • Matching can take a few days to a few weeks.
Living with a Family

Living with a host family is about connecting with the family members and integrating into their life. Families want au pairs who:

  • are responsible and enjoy caring for children.
  • engage with them over meals and share their home country culture.
  • are eager to learn about Australia and Australian culture.
  • behave like an ambassador from their country and a role model for the children.

The Au Pair Role

The term “au pair” means “on par” or “equal,” meaning you’re meant to be on equal terms with your host family. As an au pair you’ll live with a welcoming host family and care for the children. Childcare usually takes up about 35 hours/week of your time in Australia, enough to be a crucial part of the kids’ day-to-day lives but with time to get out and explore.

Childcare

Caring for your host children can include:

  • taking them to and from school
  • engaging them with activities
  • light housework (tidying and cleaning)
  • preparing their meals
  • helping them with homework

You’ll receive a childcare guide and connect with your host family before you travel to find out what they’re looking for in an au pair.

Hours & Stipend
  • Up to 35 hours per week
  • Stipends of AUD 200-360/week are typical and can depend on your experience and number of hours
  • When you connect with a potential family, you can discuss the childcare schedule so you know what to expect.
Free Time
  • Your host family should offer days off each week as well as paid vacation time.
  • Cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are filled with tons of activities and beautiful sights!
  • Some participants link up with each other to explore.
Images courtesy of Hope P., Jill W., and Smart Au Pairs
U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation