Au pair in Australia - rules and requirements Au pair in Australia - rules and requirements

Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its deserts, beaches, exotic flora and fauna.
There is no official Au Pair program in Australia, but you can find a family that is suitable for you and that will help you have an unique, unforgettable experience. As an au pair in Australia, you will most likely travel on a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462). You may also come on a student visa or any other visa with working rights.

Below are the basic requirements for au pair program in Australia. For more detailed information please follow the links on the page or visit the official Immigration Service website.

Requirements for au pairs in Australia

18-30 years old
Can't be married and have children
Good knowledge of English
Be able to pay for travel expenses
For citizens of: Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom For citizens of: Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, United States, Vietnam
Requirements for Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) Requirements for Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)
Citizens of New Zealand don't need a visa to enter Australia, more info.
For a student visa the only important requirement that you are enrolled in a course (it can be Vocational Education Training, English, etc.) during your stay in Australia. The student visa allows to work up to 20 hours during the study period and full-time during vacations.

Requirements for host families in Australia

Have at least one child under the age of 13
Provide au pair with own bedroom and all meals
Provide au pair with pocket money from 200-250 AUD / week
Au pair duties cannot exceed 20-40 hours / week
Au pair stay: 12 months
Be an English speaking family with Australian culture
May not have family ties with the au pair
Be a different nationality than the Au Pair's nationality

Relevant links

The Australian Au-Pair Families Association (AAPFA) - is an independent advocate to represent the Au Pair industry in Australia.