Requirements for Au pairs in Australia

You can work as an Au Pair in Australia if you…


  • Are aged between 18 and 30 years old
  • Are available to work for a minimum of 6 months
  • Have a full driving license
  • Have some childcare experience (it must be in a non-family role, can include babysitting, formal childcare work is not required)
  • Speak English to a good standard
  • Are able to pass a medical and police check
  • Have no spouse or dependents
  • Provide childcare references
  • Are eligible for a working holiday visa visa Subclass 417 or 462 (see which countries are permitted)


Age and Citizenship: To be an au pair in Australia, individuals generally need to be between the ages of 18 and 30. Additionally, they should possess the citizenship or nationality of an eligible country, such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or a European Union member state.

Working Holiday Visa: Au pairs usually enter Australia on a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or 462), which allows them to stay in the country for up to 12 months. This visa requires applicants to meet specific criteria, such as having sufficient funds for their stay, holding health insurance, and not having any dependent children accompanying them.

Language Proficiency: Au pairs are expected to have a good command of the English language, as effective communication with the host family and the ability to care for children are essential. Some agencies or families may require au pairs to provide evidence of their language proficiency, such as through a standardized test or an interview.

Childcare Experience and References: Prior experience in childcare or related fields is often preferred when becoming an au pair in Australia. It is essential to demonstrate a genuine interest in working with children and possess the necessary skills to provide quality care. Au pairs may be asked to provide references or undergo background checks to verify their experience and suitability for the role.

Cultural Compatibility and Flexibility: Families seeking au pairs in Australia often look for individuals who are open-minded, adaptable, and willing to embrace the host family’s culture and routines. Au pairs should be prepared to engage in cross-cultural experiences, participate in family activities, and support the family’s household rules and expectations.


Read more about What families are looking for in an Au pair

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