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Au Pair Program Australia

Au Pair: Au Pair is a program that places students with local Australian host families that seek help with childcare or household tasks. In exchange for working 12 hours per week with the family, a student receives accommodation and meals.

To be eligible for the Australian au pair program students must:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years old, in good health, mature and responsible
  • Speak English at a minimum of Intermediate level
  • Be able to show that they have some experience in childcare and household duties (such as cleaning, ironing and cooking)
  • Provide references (An international driver's licence, though not compulsory, would be an advantage)

Our Australian au pair program aims to match au pair students and host families according to the requirements of both parties. The student is expected to participate as a member of the family and assist with the tasks as required. The host family ensures that the student has a private room, with a proper bed, a wardrobe, a study desk with a chair and appropriate lighting. Host families also provide three meals per day and the opportunity for the student to participate in their family events and social activities.

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Become a member of a host family and improve your english. Make friends from around the world and travel throughout Australia. Speak English like an Aussie  and attend classes at a nearby english language school, college or university. Discover the rewards of caring for children. As an au pair, you will enjoy many personal and financial benefits during your time in Down Under.

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Information for students and visitors seeking work as an Au Pair in Australia

We offer Au Pair Australia Placements in combination with English Courses and other Studies.

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Whether you are a student seeking for work opportunity or an au pair seeking to enhance your educational background, this program is the perfect money saving solution.
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Au Pair in Australia - Your opportunity for au pair and nanny jobs, english language courses and other education programmes and an exciting cultural experience in Australia!
Receive more information about our au pair program.

  • Spend some months with an Australian family
  • Make new friends and learn about Australia
  • Benefit from exciting study programmes
  • Enjoy your independent travel

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How would you like the chance to live, work, travel and study in Australia?

Join the Au Pair in Australia exchange programme and you can enjoy a fun-packed time Australia! Whether you are looking for a gap year job, or just want to work legally abroad, becoming an au pair offers you the chance to experience Australian life and culture at first hand. Thousands of young people have had the experience of a lifetime through our au pair jobs and exchange programmes - it's a fun AND educational way to spend your work and study experience in Australia.

Quality of our Au Pair Program

Au Pair Programs are provided by registered Au Pair agencies and education providers with experience in Au Pair Programmes - bringing together thousands of au pairs and host families in Australia. By choosing to find a nanny job through an agency like ours, you are ensuring that everything, including your student visa is dealt with legally. Plus, we have Counsellors based in Australia who will be in regular contact with you throughout your stay to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Working as an au pair - baby sitting and childcare duties

As an au pair you will live with your host family, care for the children and join in their daily routine at home. When you are not involved in baby sitting or child care, you will have free time to meet up with other au pairs, study, travel and enjoy the culture and surroundings of your Australian home. As you will be dealing with baby sitting and childcare jobs, you must have experience in this area - for example as a nanny, child minder, baby sitter, au pair, mother's help or nursery nurse.

We also offer a programme called Au Pair Extraordinaire for people who have had professional nanny jobs and want to work as an au pair in Australia. Australian families applying to the Au Pair Extraordinaire programme appreciate that you are a qualified nanny and are keen to use your skills and training to contribute towards the development and education of their children.

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Au Pair Experience Australia

AA Education Network offers an international service where it provides assistance to international students and working holiday makers to become Au Pairs. The common incentives Au Pairs usually get are free stay and free meals.

You can be any one of the following or combine various childcare jobs. Make sure you have a checklist with you and an Au Pair contract that will help you to get compensated after you have done your hard work.

  • Educator - where an Au Pair with childcare and education experience will look after school kids and help with school work.
  • Au Pair Nannies - where full-time nannies are hired to look after kids, usually for 6-8 hours per day. Salaries are often provided as a part of the compensation.
  • Au Pair for pets - where a sitter looks after a pet. Usually, pets who are expecting their new brood, an old pet suffering from a disease or infirmities, or pets with health problems are usually looked after by these Au Pairs.
  • Edu Pairs - where an Au Pair takes care of older children, especially by looking after their hobby sessions, after school activities, and making sure that they do their homework. When kids learn curriculum through distant learning schools, Edu-Pairs assist the kids in learning.
  • Demi-Pair - where an Au Pair works part-time to check various childcare chores and housework in the latter part of the day. In the mornings, they study usually English language.

Au Pairs must be friendly and able to communicate in English ? expected standard is up to an intermediate level. As an Au Pair you must know how to apply first-aid during emergencies and quick to judge an allergic or medical emergency in kids. Many host families seek a first-aid or a childcare certificate. If you are experienced, it is a valuable incentive for you.

All Au Pairs must know how to tackle safety issues, keep a diary with contact numbers, meal sessions, and specific tasks for the child, and more. Food safety, outdoor safety, safety against household items, and similar concerns must be known to the Au Pair.

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Au Pair Australia Service

Au Pair Australia Network is a global service providing educational counseling, advice and support to students and travelers who want to come to Australia and/or New Zealand to develop as a global citizen with great international prospects for their future career.

Au Pairs in Australia can participate in the following programs:

  • high school placement
  • post graduate and undergraduate studies
  • vocational training
  • English language training
  • and internships.

Au Pairs get the following services. We will help you:

  • to come to Australia as an Au Pair, and will be an ever-present source of assistance for those who want to take this route.
  • navigate the documentation required for the "Working Holiday Program" visa.
  • with the specifics of what it is to be an Au Pair in Australia and will help you with all details in becoming an Au Pair in Australia.
  • plan your journey in Australia.
  • navigate Australian cultural life with their web guides on all aspects of Australian life.

And when you are in Australia we can be contacted 24 hours a day via email. So you are never alone in a strange country without a support network. We Network will place you with an Australian family that will be your employer when you are in the country. We have helped thousands of Au Pairs navigate their employment and travelling in Australia and will be there for you 24 hours a day and can be contacted electronically via email at all times.

So, consider being an Au Pair in Australia, you won't be disappointed.

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If you like things that don't cost anything then you will love accommodation that fits into the same category! Going to Australia to be an Au Pair is one way you can achieve this so get started today and don't delay!

Fee of charge information service for Au Pairs

Contrary to other Au Pair organisations, our service is free of charge. There is no hidden cost.

On we provide Au Pairs multiple interesting information and are embracing information exchange with other Au Pairs.

We are paying for Au Pair stories. Who likes to upload their Au Pair stories, can decide if they remain anonymous or not.

We are paid by our Australian partners for our service and hence, are not reliant on other payments.

This means we receive commission from our partners for each Au Pair referal.

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  1. FREE Orientation and Preparation Service
  2. We find a host family for you
  3. We help you to prepare your paperwork
  4. We help you to learn English
  5. Au Pairs can participate in English courses and receive discounts
  6. Au Pair visa support
  7. Cheap flights for Au Pairs
  8. Au Pair in Australia is a 3-12-month program placing Au Pairs with Australian families.
  9. Au Pair Counseling
  10. We help Au Pair to find a job in Australia
  11. We can offer all types of courses in Australia

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Au Pair Australia FAQ

Au Pairs: As Au Pair you are considered to be the ‘eldest daughter’ in the house. Helping the parents with light home duties and to care for the children for about 15 - 30h per week plus around 2 nights of baby-sitting will be expected from you. Most au pairs are between 18 and 25 years of age.

Mother's Helper: As a Mother's Help or Au Pair +, you present a second pair of hands around the house, helping with the daily chores and looking after the children sometimes in sole charge, but most times together with the mother. You'll work around 35h per week plus a couple of nights baby-sitting. Most mothers' helpers are over 22 years of age. Nanny: For nanny positions you need to be qualified and have certificates, practical experience in looking after children of all ages and be able to take sole charge of children. You will be expected to work full time, 40 + hours per week, help a little in the household and mainly keep the children busy and amused according to their ages and capabilities. Most nannies are over the age of 25.

How long can I stay at my Au Pair Family?

You must stay at least 3 months with your family. You can stay up to 1 year with your family, depending on your visa.

What are the families like?

Families come from all walks of life. We do place applicants with very “high profile” families but also with just totally "normal" families. Most families have been recommended by other clients, or have been known to our offices for a long time. Lots of them have had au pairs or nannies living and working with them before. Our consultants know about the families, their habits, requirements, interests; therefore we are very successful in matching our candidates with their local families.

Do I get information about the family? Can I choose my family?

Yes, you will be introduced to families until you find the one you like best, which usually doesn't take long and most people are happy with one of the first 2 or 3 families. Like you, all families have to fill out application forms as well and we will show you their answers, letters and any other relevant information, so you can make an educated decision to accept this family or to wait for the next one. All family profiles will send you after each other. If you would prefer another family please let us know the reason that we can provide better options. As soon as you have found a right family you should inform us, contact the family and introduce yourself and ask all questions you like. Please contact us after contacting the family and let us know if you want to stay at this family.

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What is the difference between Au Pair House Accommodation and Homestay?

Au Pair House Accommodation offers the following benefits:

  • Family environment with carefully selected families
    Great selected locations on the Gold Coast and elsewhere
    Own bedroom and most of the time own bathroom as well
    All meals included
    4 hours of light housework and/or child minding
    Families that participate in this type of accommodation program are interested in cultural exchange, friendly company during the day and help with the house. They are not doing it for money.
    Au pairs improve their English language skills naturally practicing with the family
    Au pairs receive au pair experience
    Au pairs receive a Certificate of Completion in Au Pair program
    Au pairs receive a Reference Letter for future jobs
    Au pairs receive assistance finding a paid job, studies and general information during their stay
    Au pairs have many extras included as airport transfer, blue card and much more!
    Costs equivalent to AU $82.50 per week for the first 12 weeks, and free after this if the program is extended.

Homestay accommodation offers the following benefits:

  • Family environment
  • Any location in Gold Coast
    Own bedroom
    2 to 3 meals a day included
    No housework involved
    Families that participate in this type of accommodation program are interested in cultural exchange and the payment they receive from the schools or from agenst.
    You improve your English language skills naturally practicing with the family
    Costs approximately AU $200 per week

How do I know what the family expects from me?
Before the arrival, au pairs will receive the family profile with lots of details such as: hobbies, age, number of children in the house, number of adults in the house, how many bedrooms, if they have pets, etc. Along with the family profile, the au pair also receives a description in detail of the hours and duties they will do to help the family, avoiding misunderstanding and wrong expectations from both sides. The family expects the au pair to follow the plan and to respect the house routine. It is very welcome and acceptable to talk about any doubt, suggestions that may arise during the stay. The work schedule is created before the au pair arrival to facilitate the every day routine. This helps the au pair and the family to know what is to be done and when. Both sides have to be flexible, if there is a change to be made in the work routine, please talk through until everyone is happy with the change. Au Pair House sends an email every week to the au pairs to make sure everything is ok and going as planned.

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How long does it take to enroll?
The application is done on-line, and the placement match and confirmation process can take from 1 week to 3 weeks. Normally we have plenty of wonderful families waiting to host au pairs and participate in our programs, so if the candidates need accommodation straight away, it is almost guaranteed that it can be done in a couple of days.

If I wish to study, what time am I going to work?
Au pairs generally work up to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. In the application form au pairs must state their wish to study and in which school, so we can try to find a family near to their course that can match with the timetable. So most of the time, when au pairs are studying they normally do their hours late in the afternoon through to the evening.

Can I work in another job on the weekends or during my free time on weekdays?
Yes, and au pairs can ask for Au Pair House assistance to help find a paid job! If that is what is desired, this should be mentioned on the application form so that Au Pair House can find a family that lives in a very central area.

How do I apply?
Go to the website. Fill out the Registration form and send to us. After we receive your application, we will match you with one of our families available. We will send you via email, the details of the family we chose for you, called the family profile.
If you do not accept the first family profile, or you wish to change the type of program you have chosen (Dolphin or Mermaid), you can have only one more match without any cost. Please advise us via email and we will forward another family match with your new enquiry. If you want to cancel, please advise us at this time.
No cancellation fee is charged.
If you don't reply to the Family Profile option in the next 2 weeks, your request will be cancelled.
If you accept the family, payment is required. We will send you an invoice via email, including all payment details. Apply here

How and when do I pay?
The total fee of the program must be paid after the au pair agrees with the family profile.
Before that, no payment is required.
Payment must be done into our business account.
If you are outside of Australia, you can transfer the money from your bank to our bank in Australia or if you are in Australia deposit directly into our bank account. Our bank account details will be provided in the invoice, with the full amount and details of our services. The applicant must pay any bank fee charged for money to be transferred, please check with your bank before doing the money transfer.

After I pay, what happens?
After payment is received in full, we will send you:
• Letter of Invitation from the family
• A detailed description of daily work expected by the family
• Confirmation of Enrolment

When you have the air ticket, travel insurance and visa organised, you must advise us with the final details, such as flight number, date, time and airport area (international or domestic).

We will send you an arrival information sheet via email. This information sheet will have:

• Airport pick up waiting area
• Emergency telephone number
• Address of the family
• Our address and contact details

You must carry this sheet with you when travelling to Australia. It is important that you have it easily placed, for example in your wallet, or handbag. Please do not put it in your luggage. You must collect your luggage and go to the meeting point at the airport.
During the airport pick-up, our driver will be there on time and at the pre-determined location. You will then be driven to our office for orientation and after to the host family home.

What type of work will I be doing?
In Australia the families usually do all the housework themselves, and this is where the au pair’s help comes in handy. Normally the family will need help with cleaning and tidying the house, also playing and caring for their children. All families are different and need help in different areas. The aim for Au Pair house is to match what the au pair would like to do to with what the family needs the most. Please make sure that when you fill out the application, try to write all the information that you think that might be relevant for us to match you and the family, for example: if you are going to study, please tell us when you start, which school and the course time table; or if you wish to be in a certain suburb or with a particular family.

Am I going to have my own bedroom?
Yes, all homes will provide you your own bedroom, a wardrobe and a side table with a lamp. Also they provide the bed sheets, blankets and towels. Most of the families also offer TV/ DVD in the room, own bathroom and toilet.

Can I to go out at night with my friends at any time?
Yes you can. However the only condition is that you do not disturb any one in the house with noises when you arrive back home and also that you are on time and ready to do a good job the next day!

Can I bring friends to the house? Can I have visitor in my bedroom?
This depends on each families rules. If you wish to bring any friend to the house on a special occasion you must ask the families permission in advance.

What if there are problems during my stay?
Once au pairs arrive in the host family house, it is advised to try to get to know a lot about the expectations of the family. Nevertheless, the first weeks might not be very easy for you. Everything will be new to you. You will possibly be homesick. Try to talk about it with the family and give the family and yourself time to get used to each other. Show the family photos of your family and your life back home so that they get to know you a little bit better. You have to adapt to their life style, diet and house rules.
If anything bothers you for any reason, or the work cannot be done in the time expected, the best way to avoid problems is to talk. It may sound difficult, especially if you still have difficulties with the language. However, Australian families are very open for conversation and will be willing to sort things out. The most important thing is to have everyone happy in the house. If you can't finish the work in time for any reason, you must talk about it. If any family member upsets you, you must speak up. If you can't follow any house rules for any reason, you must tell them.

Am I able to change the family once the program has started?It might be possible that you are not completely satisfied with your current arrangement, and in most cases it is possible to change. In general, this is possible and will not raise a problem. If you would like to dissolve the contract, normally you can do this with a 14-day announcement. The family and the au pair will have only a second match within 14 days if possible.

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It can be quite confusing hearing about a job that you have really no idea about and then try and find some information about it so that you can potentially apply for it. That's probably what you are thinking when you hear about an Au Pair. The name itself doesn't really define what the job is, and unless you specifically know what the job is then you will struggle to get any form of definition at all from the job title.

The term itself is French and roughly translated it means "on par" or "equal to". This is a perfect description when you think about it as it all but defines the person's role as an Au Pair as being on equal footing as the family in which they stay with. But are you still confused and don?t know what an Au Pair actually is? We will now present to you 5 points about what an Au Pair is as well as some basic benefits and jobs that you will find yourself doing as an Au Pair. Read through these and then make your own mind up so that you can really gauge if you want to apply to become an Au Pair!

  • the easiest definition when it comes to defining an Au Pair is essentially a live in nanny who will come from another country to help out around the house. They are generally young women, although they can sometimes be young men, and they will be put up in their host family's home to help them look after their children and take general care of the house and home and ensure that it is constantly tidy and clean and well maintained. People will usually apply for the position of an Au Pair from all around the world, and you can find some people have seen many different countries, simply from becoming an Au Pair!
  • one of the best things about being an Au Pair is the fact that you get free accommodation during your stay with your host family. It is a fantastic way to see the world and get yourself free accommodation at the same time, so all you really need to do is pay for your air ticket and you will find yourself overseas and living there for free! You will also find that you will have all your meals paid for, and you sometimes even will get given a small amount of 'pocket money' so that you can go out and explore the area in which you are living in. This will of course depend on the family you stay with, and you will usually have to pay for your own transport such as buses and trains.
  • the duties of an Au Pair will usually vary from family to family, but the basic tasks you will find yourself doing will be mainly to look after the children of the family, do some general household chores such as cleaning, looking after the families pets if they have any and even doing things such as gardening to do some extra work. It can be quite a task depending on who you stay with, but you will generally find it's all fairly simple and once you get to know the family better it will get even easier as time goes along.
  • the average working day for an Au Pair can last around 5-6 hours, but again this will all depend on what the family requires from you. Sometimes there won't be as much work to do while other times there will be even more work to do. It all depends on what they actually ask from you. If you finish early you should always ask if they have any other jobs that need doing because you are there to work, not have fun! A simple few questions to the host family to clear up any extra work that might need doing is pretty easy if you think about it.
  • the amount of time you will live with the family really depends on how much they need doing over a certain amount of time. Some Au Pair's can live with their host family for over a year, while others are only there for a few months, you will basically just have to check with the family when you apply for the position. You may find yourself soon becoming quite addicted to the prospect of being an Au Pair and you may find yourself doing many different Au Pair jobs all around the world. It is a fantastic way to see all different parts of the world so once you get the hang of it you can move on to your next Au Pair job and maybe even stay longer than you did before!

These are some basic facts about what an Au Pair is and what an Au Pair does, so if you are thinking about becoming an Au Pair then why not start looking around for positions that are available now and give it a go? It is a fantastic career on so many levels and you really do have the chance to see so many parts of the world, all the while staying in these places for free! And there aren't too many jobs around that will offer that to you are there? So apply now and see the world!

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Au Pair Frequently Asked Questions

If you have decided to become an Au Pair then we are extremely happy that you have chosen this profession! It is a great way for you to go around the world and experience many different cultures, as well as get the chance to receive free accommodation for your efforts and live with some extremely loving families who really need the help. It is also a great way for you to start your career in the nanny industry if that's what you are after, and it will always make you capable of expanding your resume for other potential employers down the track. But as you try and get yourself into the Au Pair business we are sure you have all sorts of questions that you are looking to be answered, and this is what this page is here to help you out with! There are so many things that can be answered but we have compiled a few for you here now so that you will be better suited in finding the correct information you need! They aren't called 'frequently asked questions' for nothing so read on to hopefully answer all the questions you need answered!

Do I really get free accommodation simply by looking after another families kids?
Of course you do! That's what's so great about being an Au Pair! The fact that you can get yourself a free room, simply by offering your services as a live in nanny, really sells itself doesn't it? There are so many potentially great things you can experience when you go to the other side of the world and you have the chance to do it for nothing more than the cost of an airplane ticket. And with plane tickets not being as expensive as they once were, it gives you a great opportunity to do a job for a very cheap price!

If I am working all the time, I'll never get to see the parts of Australia I want to right?
Wrong! Just because you are there to work, doesn't mean you won't ever get any free time! In fact you will find that you will be only working about 4-5 hours a day, so that will leave you with time to do many other things! Maybe you want to go to your nearest cities and explore them, or take a bit of a trip to see some amazing Australian nature? You could even ask your host family if you could go on a holiday in Australia itself and experience some unique areas of this unique country!

Is all I have to do looking after kids or will I be required to do something else?
That is all dependant on what the host family wants. You will find that your main duties will be looking after their kids, but you will also find you will probably have to do some general house hold cleaning jobs like washing the dishes and taking out the rubbish, as well as feeding the animals if they have any and doing other tasks that they ask of you. You should never refuse to do any of the jobs they ask you to do either as you are a guest in their house and you are there to work, so it's pretty much a given that you will have to help out more.

So is it true that the only money I will have to pay is my plane ticket to Australia?
Nearly, you will also have to pay a small fee to us of $250, a fee that will be returned to you after the successful completion of the stay at your host family. Other than that you will find that some host families may give you some weekly 'pocket money', but we suggest you come with your own money so that you may catch buses and do some further travel when you are in Australia. And you can also bring home lots of souvenirs for your family when you get home!

I will feel sad and lonely if I don't get to talk to my family back home. How can I talk to them?
Your host family will generally provide you with access to the internet as part of you staying with them which is usually the cheapest way of communicating with your family. Here you can do video calls online or email them photos and stay up to date with numerous types of social networking. They may also let you use their phone, so long as you pay for the international phone calls you make. It may be a lot cheaper for you to purchase a pre-paid phone card that would allow you to know exactly how much credit you have when it comes to making the phone calls. You would obviously then have to work out the time difference between Australia and your home country.
How long will I have to be an Au Pair for?

This again is all dependant on what your host family requires. They may want you for a very short amount of time or a very long amount of time; you would have to check this over with them before you start your stay. If you want to extend your stay, you could always check with the host family if this is ok, or if possible you can always try and get another Au Pair job directly after the one you will do at first. Always make sure you check how long you will be there for so you can work out everything prior to travelling there.

Being an Au Pair is an amazing experience, and one that is something you should try out at least once in your life! Getting to see other countries such as Australia will really brighten up your day, and the potential to also experience Australian family life will also give you an amazing thrill. So why not give it a go now? Fill in the application form on our site and you can get started TODAY!

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Au Pair Australia Requirements

Check the following requirements:

  • Age: from 18 years,
  • Healthy and active, honest person, who can work independent, circumspect and responsible
  • Have a genuine love of children and desire to care for them.
  • Child care qualification or related experience are beneficial (you can apply for courses in Australia - additional fees apply)
  • Experience in child care (see above) - provide 2 childcare or character references
  • If you have experience with babies & toddlers, you can join our Au Pair Nanny program. Apply here and get free information!
  • Desire to be included as a member of the family and not as a guest or boarder.
  • Be flexible, be able to accept cultural differences and a different way of life and be able to sue the experience as a way of learning about another culture.
  • Ensure there is open and honest communication between the Au Pair and the family.
  • Most Au Pairs like animals & animal care, please inform us if you have allergiesLanguage Requirements
  • In order to become an Au Pair in Australia, you must have a good command of the English language.
  • Once you are able to prove your English skills, AA Education will be happy to process your application and to support you throughout your Au Pair experience in Australia.

You need

  • A Health and travel insurance and if you wish indemnity insurance
  • Money for your travel expenses and excursions (a visa card is recommended)
  • To learn how to care for children
  • A First Aid Certificate for children (you can get one in Australia - additional fees apply).

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These next tips will focus on issues that will keep the kids and yourself safe while babysitting.

Lock Doors and Windows
All doors and windows should be locked when babysitting- not only to keep intruders out, but also to prevent the children from wandering outside when not allowed.

Put away anything dangerous

Quickly scan throughout the house as soon as the parents have left and put away anything harmful. Items such as: medications, appliances and cleaners would be included plus anything that might choke the children.

Phone and Door Safety
Never tell strangers when answering the phone that you are alone with the children. Likewise, never answer the door if a stranger knocks.

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Never leave them alone
Of over-riding importance, never leave the children you are caring for alone. Instantly accidents can happen so even when they are sleeping, periodically check in on them.

Food safety

Use safety precautions when preparing food for the children. Keep the kids away from the stove while you stay in the kitchen. Always chop the food up for the toddlers to prevent choking.

Call for help
If something doesn't feel right, never hesitate to call the parents for help. You might even give your own parents a call for their advice.

Outdoor Safety
With the parents permission to take the children outside, be certain the kids know all the rules. Make sure they know all the boundaries while you keep them in sight at all times.

Pool Safety
If the residence has a pool make certain there is no way the children can gain access to it. Yearly the accident death toll through pool drownings is in the thousands.

Never walk alone
Even if you don't live far, never walk alone after dark. Always arrange for a ride or to be walked home after you babysit.


You must obtain some important information before the parents leave. The following tips will focus on what you must obtain.

Phone numbers and addresses
 The following should be asked for:

  • Parents cell address and number of where the parents are,
  • the number and address of the residence you are babysitting,
  • 000 and poison control

Allergies and medical conditions
Be completely aware of all or any medical conditions or allergies of the children whom you are babysitting. Any unexpected attack could be dangerous. Call 000 or Poison Control if you notice any unexplained rashes or swellings.

Write down all the parents special instructions and scheduling for the children. Writing them down will also give them more confidence in you.

Make certain you know if you are expected to make any meals for the children. Inquire as to the use of the stove and for any tips as to snacks for the kids..

When Parents are expected home.
Always be ready for the parents return so that you will be sure to have all your responsibilities completed. Ask them when they will return and you will be sure to have awaiting them a calm, well ordered home.

Inquire when playtime is and in the event, go for it. This is your opportunity to do all the projects you planned for them. Make sure you plan for sufficient clean-up time.

Rules and discipline
Ask the parents what their rules are for disciplining the children  if they do not obey you.  However, never strike a child nor yell at them.

First Aid Kits
Obtain from the parents the location of the first aid kit. If a child gets hurt, assess quickly the seriousness- does it simply require a band aid and a loving hug,  is it something more serious.


Perfect, obliging angels may not be what you get to babysit. These tips will focus on how to get the children to respond positively to you.

Be clear
Immediately after the parents leave make sure the children understand clearly what is expected of them- you do not want to punish them for something they didn't understand was wrong.

Be firm
Being intelligent, kids will naturally try to push the boundaries for what they want. As soon as they understand they cannot over-ride you they will obey you. Your job will be much more pleasant from there on.

Be an example
Simply lead with common sense- if eating in the living room is forbidden for example, then you will not want to eat there either.

Be creative
For babysitters this is a necessity. For example for stubborn children, make up a game such as a neat race to clean up the toys or ?make the veggies disappear?.

Change the subject
Don't argue with the children ? try changing the subject if the child is upset and getting him focused on something else. Always keep in mind kids have short attention spans and will become frustrated if tasked to do something for too long.

Time outs
This is an excellent method of calming a child down. Having them chill for a bit in a quiet place can do wonders- but don't let them be isolated for too long. A general rule of thumb is a minute per their age, for example a 5 year old can time out for 5 minutes.

Sometimes it may be advisable to separate certain individuals that do not get along well together- siblings sometimes clash. Having them do separate activities and even in separate rooms might be your better course.

Au Pair / Responsibilities of an Au Pair

As an Au Pair, you'll have a wonderful time living, studying and traveling in Australia or New Zealand. An au pair job gives you the chance to experience Australian or Kiwi life and culture first hand. In exchange, you'll be responsible for providing personalized childcare for your family's children. Below are some typical responsibilities you will have in your job as an au pair.

  • Supervising and playing with your family's children
  • Getting children bathed and dressed
  • Feeding and changing infants
  • Making children's breakfast and lunch
  • Keeping children's rooms neat and doing children's laundry
  • Driving children to school, appointments and lessons
  • Helping children with school homework
  • Teaching children about your own culture and traditions
  • Accompanying your host family on trips and outings
  • Each family is different so your responsibilities will vary depending on the age of your family's children, whether the parents work outside the home and where you live.

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- completed and signed Au-Pair application form*
- CV (related to child care)*
- letter to your Au Pair family (about you and your goals) including some pictures*
- 2 child care references (or at least character references)*
- police clearance (please apply immediately for this)*
- first aid certificate (if available)*
- letter from you GP about your health (in general)
- drivers licence (if available)
- copy of your visa/passport

All which is marked with a star (*) is necessary for an application.
All other documents can be given later but before you can start your Au Pair program.

Example duties:
- Supervising children
- Planning activities for children and keeping them entertained
- Bath, feed, read to children
- Help with all aspects of the children's routine
- Some house hold work as agreed with family
- Pet Care
- Some meal preparation

You should apply at least 3 months before you come to Australia for your placement to be accepted in this program. That will give us enough time to find a suitable guest family.

Please let us know if you are interested in an Au Pair Program.
If you have any questions, please contact us at any time.

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Au Pair is ideal for foreigners who visit Australia and New Zealand as a traveller, student, or a part-time worker. You can get job profile of the following kind:

  • If you are on a Working Holiday Visa, you can work as an Au Pair where you need to work for 30 hours per week with 3 nights as night sitter and look after children.  
  • If you are visiting Australia on a Tourist Visa, you can work without earning money. But, you can avail free stay at the kid?s house and also earn some useful perks.
  • If you are an international student with a Student Visa, you can work part-time as an Au Pair and utilize the rest of the time to study a course say, English language course to improve your IELTS score. In such a condition, you can work 20 hours per week only.

A typical Au Pair must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age with an independent yet friendly and honest outlook.
  • Love to work with the children such as taking care of childcare work
  • Take the kids to school or hobby classes
  • Entertain them by reading them stories or teaching them certain hobbies or skills
  • Perform not-so-laborious tasks for the house.

And, you may get extra privileges if you can look after pets as well.

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Au Pair Australia - Advantages

Travel Australia as an Au PairThere are many ways you can see Australia, you can backpack around the vast land, or you can come here on a working visa. A great way to secure a job here in Australia is to become an Au Pair. What is an Au Pair?

An Au Pair gives you an opportunity to work and live in a local home in Australia and your responsibilities will be to look after the child or children who belong to the family you are staying with. Some other duties may include light housework and sometimes cooking meals.

The advantages of taking up this opportunity are very beneficial for someone who is travelling on a budget, especially if you want to improve your English. You will be able to experience the true Aussie lifestyle whilst staying with a local family, your board will be covered and you will also receive an allowance for spending. It is definitely a more comfortable option compared to that of sharing a bunk bed in a hostel. This way you get to stay in the comfort of your own room and have clean facilities. Depending on the family you stay with you may also have some luxuries that even a five star hotel would not be able to offer.

Once you have completed your daily chores you will be able to go out and explore the city. Making new friends in Australia is quite easy as Australians are generally very easy-going friendly people who love to socialize. Australia is built upon a multicultural society and there are many foreigners residing here. This means that the locals are very patient when it comes to non-English speaking travellers and will take the time to converse with you – you can improve you English in no time!

Many Au Pairs after working in Australia rarely want to go home to their country of origin because they make many new friends and even meet their future partners. Living at the home with a family also gives you a chance to understand the lifestyle in Australia, from past testimonials we have been told that Au Pairs become so attached to the children they look after and the family they stay with, that it is quite difficult to leave and go back to their normal lifestyles. You can stay in touch with your Au Pair family and you never know, one day when you decide to return to Australia, depending on the relationship you have with the family you stay with, you may always have a home to return to.

This has been a life changing experience for many former Au Pairs and if it sounds like an experience you would be interested in please contact us now.

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Au Pair AustraliaBecause Australia is a fantastic country that is multicultural, clean, rugged, urban, rural, rustic, distinctive, fascinating. Australia is an adventurer's paradise. If you like traveling to Australia and then staying in places for nothing, then becoming an Au Pair will be right up your alley! You simply need to do it right now to really get started.

Australia is still a culture that is developing and is constantly reinventing itself from one generation to the next. Australia is an exciting place for anyone who is interested in the world and wants to learn how to cross cultural borders with confidence and empathy.

  • Where else can you go and see the world?s oldest continuous culture and the world?s youngest modern civilization all in one day?
  • Where else in the world can you explore 10 000 beaches and discover tropical rainforests one day and then get on a plane the next day and be in the snowfields of Victoria?
  • Where else can you come into contact with people who speak 200 different languages (not including indigenous languages) and find people who speak your own tongue?
  • Where else can you experience the best sea food in the world, exceptional wines, and market gardens that have to be seen to be believed?


Except in Australia, so come and have the adventure of your life as an Au Pair. You will not regret your decision if you do!

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Au Pair in AustraliaThinking of coming to Australia as an?  Here’s ten reasons why the country should be your first choice.

Stable economy

Australia boasts one of the most competitive economies in the post-GFC world, with a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.2%.  This means works are entitled to greater employment opportunities and job security.

High standard of living

Australia is renowned for its high standard of living, making it an ideal country to set up your new home.  The country enjoys a stable government, good public health system and low level of crime.

Blue skies

Australia’s beautiful blue skies are one of the most enticing factors for overseas travellers.  The weather in each state will vary, however as a rule of thumb you can expect mild winters and hot summers which can sometimes reach up to 40° Celsius.


Australia has over 10,000 beaches spread along its coastline; with its east coast boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Outdoor living

Australian’s enjoy outdoor living and getting involved in a team sport is a great way to socialise and get some exercise at the same time.  Alternatively, if playing sports is not your thing, you’ll always be able to find someone to have a beer and watch the footy with.

The pubs

Australian pubs are always full of friendly locals looking for someone to share a drink with.  Head down to your ‘local’ and you’ll be sure to make some new friends and have a good time.

Culturally diverse

Australia is a very multicultural country, with influences from a widespread variety of cultures.  You will always be able to find a place to feel at home or have a new cultural experience.


Australia has a variety of unique species that you can find right in your own backyard. Go down to the zoo to see some of the world’s most deadliest snakes, feed a kangaroo or cuddle a cute koala bear.

The Great outdoors

Australia’s beautiful ‘Great Outdoors’ are a must see when you visit the country.  See a piece of indigenous Australian heritage at the Northern Territory’s Uluru, swim with the fishes in the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland or explore the beautiful Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Be an Au Pair

Becoming an Au Pair in Australia will eliminate many of the greatest challenges in setting up a new place.  Living with your host family will remove the need to find employment or a place to live and usually offers many added bonuses such as free internet, laundry and cable television. Finally, by spending time with your host family you will quickly meet many new people.

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