Au pair in Australia
Pocket money, working hours, time off etc.

What are your tasks as an au pair? How many hours will you be working? How does your host family support you? This page informs you about all important details concerning your stay as an au pair in Australia.


As an au pair, your primary responsibility is to look after the host family's children. Alongside childcare, you may be asked to help out with household chores as part of your duties, but these should only be light household chores. Your main responsibility is to look after the children, not to clean the house.

Clarify with your host family what your exact duties as an au pair will be, and ensure these are well defined in the au pair contract.

Pocket money

Your host family will give you pocket money in exchange for your help. As there is no official au pair programme in Australia, the amount of pocket money is not set by the local government. However, from our experience, we can recommend an amount of:

  • 200-250 AUD for 30 hours/week.


Au Pairs travelling to Australia on a Working Holiday (subclass 417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462), new regulations from January 2017 state that you will now be taxed at 15% for the first $37,000 of your income. You will need to apply for a tax file number (TFN), which will be your personal reference to their tax system. Your  host family in Australia must be registered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as an employer of working holiday makers. If your family is not registered, or you have not applied for a TFN, your tax may be higher. For more information, contact the Australian Taxation Office.

Room and board

As an au pair you get your own room in your host family's home. Furthermore, your host parents will offer you free board.

Working hours

There are no specific regulations when it comes to an au pair's number of working hours in Australia. According to our experience, however, we recommend that you work 25 to 40 hours per week - this includes babysitting. 

Time off

Before you start working for your host family, you should discuss how many days and evenings you will get off and when these will be with each other. There is no official regulation with regard to this issue. Our tip: you should have at least one day off per week, which should be a Sunday once per month.


The Working Holiday and Work and Holiday Programme regulate how much holiday you generally are entitled to during your stay in Australia and how long you should be working. You should discuss any holiday during this period with your host family, but we recommend two weeks holiday for a stay of six months. If your stay is longer/shorter than six months you can use this value to calculate your holiday. 

In Australia there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases should au pairs work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.

Language course

During your stay as an au pair in Australia, you should participate in an English course. Normally au pairs pay for this themselves. 

Travel expenses

It is expected that you pay for your outward and return flights to and from Australia. If your host family is happy with the help you provide, they may possibly pay your return trip or part of the cost. However, this is only something we recommend, and the family are not obliged to do so. 

Useful links

Life in Australia book: information about Australian history, culture, society and the values we share to help you understand the values statement before you sign.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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