work as an au pair faq's au pair host family

Need an extra pair of hands to help your family out? Why not become a host family for an Au Pair? An au pair is a great alternative to expensive childcare costs. 

Host Family Requirements

As a host family you will provide your au pair with a room, meals and weekly pocket money. All of our host families must meet the following standards:

  • Have a fully furnished private room for your au pair
  • Provide full board – 3 meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Pocket money as per Job Search Australia’s guidelines (between $200 – $350 per week)
  • Provide Access to the internet
  • Give your au pair two days off per week.

Having an au pair is like having another son or daughter in your family, and they should be treated in this way. They will support your family with looking after your children and light housework. The Au Pair’s role is childcare & childcare related household duties. An au pair will not fulfil general cleaning tasks although it is expected that the au pair will lend a hand as any other family member. An au pair placement with your family is a cultural exchange. It’s an opportunity to learn about your au pair’s culture and you can teach the au pair about Australian customs.

What makes us different? We have exclusive access to backpackers that arrive on our packages. The guests receive an orientation where they learn about Australia and get job ready. This means they will have an Australian bank account, Tax File Number, Australian SIM, Medicare (if eligible) and superannuation all set up before you meet them. We also screen all of our candidates to make sure they have relevant experience working with children before being accepted to our Au Pair Program. We have a number of years working with backpackers so we know what qualities to look for in our au pairs!

All of our Au Pairs have:

  • Current first aid certificate
  • Completed Job Search Australia’s online training course
  • Working with children check
  • Drivers licence
  • Police clearance check
  • Experience with working with children

Job Search Australia will not place Au Pairs as the sole carer for children under the age of two years unless they have relevant child care qualifications.

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