Explore Australia and earn money. Provide child care to a screened host family.
Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair in Australia!
What do Au Pairs do? Au Pairs take care of the children during scheduled hours. They help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and drop them off or pick them up from school or activities. If this sounds like something you’d be really good at, then being an Au Pair in Australia is definitely for you.
Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in Australia you can call on anytime. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meet ups, make new friends during your time in Australia.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 30. (Female Au Pairs are placed quickly, while male Au Pairs can take a bit longer to be placed.)
- Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Ireland or Sweden.
- Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children.
- Commit to a minimum of 6 months as an au pair.
- Provide a medical statement and a background check.
- Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family.
- Have driving experience.
- Be able to obtain the Working Holiday visa 462 for US citizens and the Working Holiday Visa 417 for other countries. This visa allows you to live and work in Australia.
Au Pairs in Australia Receive
- Placement with a carefully screened family along with a private bedroom and all of your meals.
- A weekly salary of at least AUD $7/hour for 25-40 hours of childcare. You can budget around $200 AUD per week for income.
- The possibility to use the family’s car.
- Usually two days off per week. Some families provide 1 ½ days off but that information will be provided in advance. (Plan to provide one weekend evening per month to watch the children.)
- An end of program bonus from the host family, for qualified au pairs.
- 6 month au pairs receive $500 or 1-2 weeks additional pay at the end.
- 12 month au pairs receive $500 and 1-2 weeks additional pay. You may also choose 4-weeks paid holiday as your bonus.
- Medical and accident insurance coverage if you are from the US.
- All au pairs will normally have weekends free unless specifically agreed otherwise.
- Depending on availability of families and their location, we can sometimes place friends near each other.
- 6 months minimum and 12 months maximum. Because of the visa, you must choose 6 or 12 months.
- $789 for six or twelve months.
The fee you pay to au pair in Australia goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host families in Australia; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect; assistance in Australia during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens; and social gatherings with other au pairs near you. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in Australia. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.
We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation or in moving expenses.
Surprisingly, when the au pair fee and other expenses are compared with pocket money earned plus the value of room and board, au pairs earn more than they spend. Did you know that being an au pair is one of the most affordable ways to experience international travel even if you have to pay a program fee and airfare?
You can find sites on the Internet that will encourage you to find a family for free. Some of those sites boast 2 Million registrations. How can any company screen 2 million families? Please think twice before you agree to travel thousands of miles from your family and friends and move in with a host family who are advertising that they want a young woman or a young man to move in with them. They remind us of dating sites.
If things go wrong and your host family violates your agreement with them, resolving the problems will be all up to you. And today you may not be concerned. That’s fine. But just know that any family that ducks under the radar and doesn’t want to be screened, that regularly goes beyond the terms of your contract, making you work too much, too often, on the wrong kinds of tasks will likely keep on doing it unless there is someone right there to step in and help you. Or get you out of that situation quickly and safely.
In the USA and in The Netherlands, au pairs are required to use an approved au pair agency. This government requirement is all about protecting you.
Want some real down to earth ideas? The website, AuPairMom.com is a great source. At that site they “get about one email a week from an au pair in Europe or Australia who is working without the support of an agency. She is usually being expected to work far too much, has limited to no use of a car, can’t leave the host family’s house, and/or is having her pocket money withheld for problems she does not think she caused.”
With GeoVisions, every family is screened carefully and visited in person. Many of these families have hosted au pairs before. We brag that we have a few hundred host families not millions. It’s a number we can screen and stay connected to. It’s not about the money. It’s about your safety.
Why Is There A Placement Fee? It’s like I’m paying to get a job.
You can find free au pairs positions on the Internet. Over the years we have met au pairs who did that and had horrible experiences when they thought they were going into a fantastic overseas au pair job only to find out the family where they were living was not screened, families dismissed au pairs routinely without paying them, and there was no one to turn to for help and support. No one to look out for them. And because they were on their own, they were lonely. Read about them here.
At GeoVisions, the families are screened and in some cases, we have placed au pairs with that family before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest stipend possible. We provide a person in-country to help you and to be there for you. You can meet other au pairs just like you and attend social activities with other au pairs. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we will move you to another family (based on circumstances).
Can I choose my location?
You cannot choose your location in Australia. We recommend focusing on family interviews and choosing your location based on the host family that you really “connect with.” Let the family connection guide your decision on where you will live.
What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. It is the only way the program will be successful. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
But after you arrive if you’re having issues, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Can I be placed with someone? I’d like to travel with a friend.
Unfortunately, host families needing an au pair only have one au pair in the home at a time. So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except one au pair per household. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. We are successful most of the time.
Will I be a part of the family or an employee?
Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime. We know some au pairs who actually fly back a few years later for a reunion or to attend a milestone event for one of the children they cared for.
You will participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area.
Should I become an au pair in Australia?
Becoming an au pair in Australia is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for. While you might consider yourself patient, fun-loving and perfect for a job like this … think about how responsible you are and your previous experience with children under your care. If you’re ready … we have incredible families who need you right away, living in amazing locations in Australia. An amazing cultural exchange!
Here are plenty of examples, written by our au pairs in Australia, from our SeekExperiences Blog.
We have families available year round.
The range is between 25-40 hours per week. The average monthly stipend is $800 AUD.
After your arrival, you will receive a timetable with duties and working days/hours, so you know exactly the working time. The family must respect your time off. Should the family require you to work outside the usual working hours this must be agreed by both sides and any extra hours worked must be paid.
Usually au pairs are provided two days off per week. Some families provide 1 ½ days off but that information will be provided in advance. (Plan to provide one weekend evening per month to watch the children.)
Informal orientation can be provided after arrival in Australia.
18-30 years of age. We have placements for both males and females. Males can take a bit longer to find a placement.
We place Au Pairs mostly in the Sydney area. On occasion, there are placements in the Melbourne or Brisbane area.
You will need to get the Work and Holiday visa This link is for US citizens. To read up on current fees and requirements, use the link we have provided. The cost of this visa is not included in the program fee. This link is for the Work and Holiday visa for citizens in other countries.
Your Work and Holiday Visa is good for 12-months. You can work as an au pair for six months and then find a different kind of job for the other six months after you get to know Australia. It’s your Work & Holiday visa. Talk to us about how you’d like to utilize it.
Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.
With the healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us. We struggle to understand these insurance laws in our country every day.
For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel. You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure. Please read the information about the plan carefully.
If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple.
GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. There is specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.
Most host families will pick you up at the airport.
Not provided. Sometimes host families allow their Au Pair to have use of a car.
You will stay with an Australian family and you will have a private bedroom.
Your meals each day are included when you are with your Australian family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.
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