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.
Please note: There is only a limited number of Work and Holiday Visas for au pairs from certain countries.
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
Complete the application form for the Work and Holiday visa (form 1208), ensuring that you add all the necessary attachments and pay the visa application fee. Citizens of Bangladesh and Malaysia additionally need to provide their biometric data.
The completed application should be sent by post or fax to the Australian Immigration Office in the country which has issued the au pair's passport. They will inform the au pair applicatant if it is necessary to meet additional local criteria. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to hand in the application in person.
US citizens can apply with any Australian immigration office outside of Australia or apply for their visa online.
The authorities will confirm your application upon receipt. Check the different visa processing times to know how much time you should wait for a response.
If the visa is approved, the au pair will receive a notification by post or e-mail. Au pairs should always keep have this notification available, as it provides a description of the visa conditions. The visa is electronically linked to the au pair's passport number, indicated on the visa application.
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.