If you have a baby under 2 yrs old, the best option would be to hire a live in Nanny from our Live in Nanny Australia category, families with children over 2 may host an Au pair.
Childcare Approved by the Immigration Department in Australia
The International Au pair organization, established the au pair program in 1986 as an educational and cultural exchange with a strong childcare component. Au pairs are provided a private bedroom, meals and remuneration tied to the minimum wage. They also receive one and a half days off per week, a full weekend off each month, two weeks paid vacation and up to $500 as end of stay bonus by most families. An au pair can work up to 10 hours a day/45 hours a week.
The rules state that an au pair can perform childcare-related work, such as doing the children’s laundry, preparing their meals, straightening their rooms, helping with homework or walking/driving them to school or appointments. Duties also include supervising playing times and passive duties such as being home during sleep time. It is important to note, that the au pair is there to assist with childcare and not perform heavy housework. Thousands of families have participated in the program and the high rate of repeat families underscores the success of the overall program.
If you have a child or children with special needs, please indicate so on the host family application and Elite Au pairs Sydney will accommodate you accordingly.
Program regulations do not permit au pairs to be placed with families having an infant less than 2 month old unless a parent or other responsible adult is present.