Au pair in Australia
Costs, working hours, time off etc.

Information on pocket money, working hours and holidays can be found here – everything you need to know about the basic conditions of hosting an au pair.

Register as a family

In Australia, there isn't an official au pair programme. It is even not clear if an au pair are to be seen as employees or not since it depends on the individual relationship according to the Fair Work Ombudsman in Australia. In any case, au pairs are entitled to the national minimum wage and National Employment Standards.

Duration of the stay

The visa is valid for 12 months. Working Holiday Makers may not work for the same employer for more than six months. However, au pairs are allowed to stay with their host families for up to 12 months if given signed permission by an Immigration Secretary or by signing a Form 1445.

Duties

The au pair's primary responsibilty is to help you look after your children. Alongside childcare, you may ask the au pair to help out with household chores as part of their duties, but these should only be light household chores. Their responsibilty is to look after the children, not to clean the house.

Clarify with your au pair well in advance what his/her exact duties will be. It is also recommended that these duties are defined in the au pair contract.

Costs

If you invite an au pair to live with you, your cost of living will automatically rise, as you will have another adult living in your home.

Free room and board

Throughout the entirety of their stay with you, the au pair is entitled to have and individual room and three meals a day. Naturally, this also applies if your au pair falls ill or is on holiday.

According to the idea of au pairing as a cultural exchange, au pairs get this for free. Nonetheless, since au pairs receive the minimum wage, roam and board are to be deducted from the total gross amount of pocket money. The average homestay pricing is $350 per week. 

Pocket money

Your au pair will receive pocket money from you, which should be paid on a weekly or monthly basis. Au pairs are entitled to receive the national minimum wage, which amounts to $18.29 per hour (gross). The average cost of "room and board" (AUD $350) is to be deducted from the total. On that basis, we can recommend an amount of 200-250 AUD for 30 hours/week.

Tax

New regulations from January 2017 state that au pairs travelling to Australia on a Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) will now be taxed at 15% for the first $37,000 of their income. They will need to apply for a tax file number (TFN), which will be their personal reference to the tax system. Host families in Australia must be registered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as employers of working holiday makers. For more information, contact the Australian Taxation Office.

Working hours

According to the National Employment Standards, au pairs cannot work more than 38 hours a week. Additional hours can be added to it only if they are reasonable. According to our experience, however, we recommend that you work 25 to 40 hours per week - this includes babysitting.

Free time

The free time of an au pair in Australia is not officially determined. Therefore, you should agree upon the spare time with your au pair before they start working for you. We recommend that you offer them at least one day off per week, which should be on a Sunday once a month.  

Holidays

The Working Holiday and Work and Holiday visas determine how much holiday an au pair is generally entitled to and how much they should be working throughout their entire stay in Australia. You should discuss with your au pair how much holiday they will get for the period they stay with you. We recommend 2 weeks of holiday provided that your au pair stays with you for six months. Should they stay with you for a shorter period of time, you can adapt the length of holidays accordingly. 

In Australia there is an official regulation with regard to public holidays within the National Employment Standards. By law, au pairs must 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

Your au pair will participate in an English course during his or her stay in Australia. You should allow your au pair enough time for this and help them find a suitable language school. The au pair will pay for his or her own language course. 

Travel expenses

The au pair usually pays his or her travel costs to Australia. If you so wish, you can share the costs – by bearing the expenses for the return trip or part of them after your au pair has completed a successful stay with you, for instance. This is something we recommend.

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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