Please note: For au pairs from a few countries, only a limited number of Work and Holiday Visas are available.
Step 1: Check if your passport is valid
To apply for a Working Holiday visa, an au pair needs to have a valid passport, which the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recommends is valid for at least another 6 months after the application has been made.
Step 2: Apply for your Work and Holiday visa
Most applicants need to aplly for the visa online. For the online application the au pair creates an ImmiAccount on the website of the Australian Ministry. All necessary documents must be attached here. These needs to be translated into English. In some cases a health exam need to be done. It is also important to make sure that the price for the visa application is paid directly.
Paper applications are only accepted from applicants with a passport from the Peoples Republic of China. They must submit the visa application in person to an Australian Visa Apllication Center. Care have to be be taken that all documents are translated into English and certified.
The authorities will confirm receipt of the application. The various processing times of the visa application can be checked. The au pair can also discover how long they have to wait for an answer.
When the visa is approved, the au pair will receive a notification. The copy of it should always be with you once the Au pair is in Australia. It escribes the conditions of the visa.
The visa is valid for 12 months. If the applications has been made from outside of Australia, the start date will be the day the au pair enters Australia.
Au pairs can always check the visa online via the free online service VEVO. Therefore, it is only necessary to have a visa sticker in your passport if the Department specifically states so in your visa notification. In this case, you will receive it from any Australian Departmental Office.
After arrival in Australia
Regardless of the visa used to travel to Australia, au pairs need a so called "Working With Children Check" when providing childcare. Depending on the state, there are different names and procedures:
In most cases, au pairs can work while the application is being processed with some exceptions. Please check these conditions in the websites above.