Spend an exciting year as an Au pair in Australia!


  • Gain valuable childcare experience
  • Explore Australia
  • Make lifelong friends
Interested in caring for children? Interested in Travel? If yes, working as an au pair in Australia is an excellent opportunity!

Australia Au pairingSpend an exciting year as an Au pair in Australia!

As an au pair you take part in a cultural exchange program. You get the opportunity to be a ‘big sister’ (or brother) to the children in your Australian family and ‘live as a local’. Australian families are open, generous, friendly to ‘newcomers’ and passionate to show you around and take you along. Children are encouraged to be active and outdoors and weekends are often dominated by sporting events where lots of families get-together for the day. As families’ homes are generally spacious, most kids will have friends over for play-dates, sleepovers and pool parties. Australia is very sociable, people like getting together for informal barbecues and community events, there is always something going on! Australia is all about the beaches, wildlife, shops & cafes, city parks and simply relaxing with friends in the glorious sunshine!

Because every host family is different, your daily schedule will be varied. It will depend a lot on the ages and needs of the children you are caring for and the individual requirements of your host family. As an au pair your responsibilities are centred on the children and you won’t be expected to do heavy housework. You will work approximately 35 per week, so still plenty of time off to relax and spend time with friends exploring your local area. We will put you in touch with other Au pairs in your area and in many capital cities we organise regular social events.

Typical duties will include:

  • Waking the children up
  • Dressing, bathing and playtime
  • Preparing their meals
  • Making their beds and doing the children’s laundry
  • School runs, after school activities, play dates etc.
  • Tidying up after them
  • Helping with homework
  • Babysitting some evenings if the parents are out
  • Being their friend and having fun!
  • Sharing your own culture through songs, games

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged 18 – 35
  • Be flexible, friendly and open minded
  • Be happy to help with childcare and light housework, usually 30-35 hours per week
  • Able to be au pair for a minimum period of 6 months
  • No criminal record
  • Have a driver’s license (preferred but not essential)
  • Be a non-smoker
Documents Required to Apply:

  • Completed application form
  • Photocopy of your passport.
  • Dear Host Family letter (should include your hobbies, activities, family background, childcare experience, any special sports, musical, or arts & crafts talents, etc.)
  • At least two references – preferably childcare
  • Photo(s) of yourself. (Professional pictures or those with children, family members etc. are best.)
  • Criminal record check (contact your local police station).
  • Medical check (just a note from your doctor, stating you are in good health).
  • Photocopy of any school or training certificates
  • Photocopy of any First Aid certificate
  • It is also beneficial if you have a driver’s license, or an international driver’s license (but not required).

Position details vary depending on the needs of individual families; the norm for work hours is a range of 30-35 hours per week, usually with two days off per week. Usual salary range is approximately Aus $170 to $255 per week. Stays of 6 to 12 months are available; shorter stays are occasionally available as well. (Before accepting a position you would have the opportunity to communicate with interested host families directly, and read any written material regarding their position. You would have the choice to accept or decline any position you wish. )

What’s the Next Step?

First of all, complete your application form, and return to Scotia Personnel with the other documents as listed above. It is also very beneficial you can also provide a separate sheet with a list of all your experiences with children.

The next step would be to obtain your Working Holiday Visa – Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 can apply. Contact your local Australian Embassy for the procedures; our agency will of course be available to assist wherever possible. You have the choice of accepting or declining any position, and you can have your au pair position pre-arranged before your arrival in Australia.