There are no official regulations concerning the au pair placement in Australia. Therefore, you should sign an au pair contract with your host family in which you can include your mutual expectations. It is important to put into writing what your concrete tasks will be, how much holiday you are entitled to, how many hours you will have to work per week and how this working time will be scheduled, for instance.
Termination of contract
There is no official notice period for the au pair contract for Australia. But, if you wish to terminate the au pair contract you have signed, we recommend you do so by giving two weeks' notice, leaving enough time for your host family to find a replacement au pair and for you to either organise a return trip or find a new host family.
As a foreign citizen, you are not covered by the Australian national health insurance. This means that you will bear the cost for medical treatment or hospitalisation by yourself. If you enter Australia on a temporary visa, you are generally not entitled to medical treatment in Australia. (Exception: citizens of Great Britain, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Ireland, Norway and New Zealand. Citizens of these countries can receive treatment through their coutry's reciprocal health care agreement with Australia, entitling them to use the public health service, if necessary. However, health care is the only benefit available to these citizens.)
Medical treatment can be very expensive in Australia. Therefore, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship recommends that foreign visitors in Australia take out insurance (Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC)) for the entirety of their stay. It usually covers the cost of hospitalisation on medical grounds and part of the cost of the medical fee. Insurance cover can be obtained from health insurance companies or general insurance companies in Australia. However, you can also take out insurance with an insurance company outside Australia which guarantees cover while you are in Australia.
The OVHC insurance cover differs in terms of costs, entitlement and benefits. Therefore, the Australian government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman recommends that foreign visitors compare several insurance products. Further Tips on how to find the right insurance cover can be found on their website.
Do you wish to be employed by a family who needs an au pair with a driving licence? In this case, you should have sufficient driving experience. Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road. Please consider carefully whether you can comfortably and safely drive under these conditions if you are used to driving on the right-hand side of the road.
Should you be driving your host family's car, you should clarify with them beforehand to what extent you are covered by their insurance. You should also discuss who would bear the cost in the event of damage.
In Australia, you are only allowed to drive as a visitor with a valid driving licence issued abroad for up to three months upon your arrival. After these three months, you either need an additional international driving licence or at least the English translation of your driving licence. In this context, which Australian state you work in as an au pair is important. More information can be found on the pages of the Australian government.
Apart from cover for medical expenses, you can take out insurance for the general cost of treatment (General Treatment Cover). This type of insurance covers the cost of benefits, such as health care in private practices of dentists and eye specialists or physiotherapists. Please bear in mind that the insurance will only cover part of the expenses, so you will still have to pay part of the total cost.
It is advisable to take out travel insurance for your trip to Australia to cover the cost of baggage loss, or the cost of repatriation due to a medical emergency, for instance.
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.