Your program fee of
$795 $745 (if you apply by May 31) covers host family placement and pre-departure and in-country support. Your host family will provide you with a private bedroom, all meals, a weekly stipend, and a program completion bonus!
The program also provides a bank account (opened on your behalf) and in-country support.
Going with an agency provides you with the peace of mind of a vetted family, and support before, during, and after your program.
You'll need to budget for these costs
*Australian Immigration requires travelers on this visa to have access to support funds of about US $3,000. As an au pair, all your living expenses are covered so it's more applicable to travelers who need to find their own housing and work. That said, be prepared to show some savings, if asked.
Weekly stipends range between AUD $200 and $340 and you’ll receive a completion bonus of AUD $500. All your living expenses are covered, so you won’t have to worry about rent or food. This means you can make at least AUD $4,800 for a six-month placement and double that if you stay for a year!