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. 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
$869 for six or twelve months.
6 months minimum and 12
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.
We have families available year round.
The fee you pay to be an Au Pair in Australia goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
The average monthly stipend is $800 AUD for between 28-40 hours of childcare per week. If you stay six-months, you'll pocket around $5,000 USD. Obviously, if you stay a year you'll earn double that. Remember ... your visa is good for one-year. Be an au pair for six months, then you can work anywhere else in Australia if you want and possibly earn a lot more.
Before you arrive in Australia, 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 1½ days off but that information will be provided in advance. (Plan to provide one weekend evening per month to watch the children.)
You can find free au pair 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Becoming an au pair 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. It's an amazing cultural exchange!
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.
I had the best experience in Australia living and working as a nanny I loved it so much I am currently trying to move out there permanently on a skilled working visa. My family was amazing and the staff with GeoVisions offered so much support and guidance I want to do it again or try another program!
"Going across the Sydney Harbor Bridge for the first time in the early morning and catching a glimpse of the Sydney Opera House. I wanted to travel and continue to work as a nanny, GeoVisions gave me a way to do that. I have my own room and share a bathroom with the kids, I can use the cars for outings with the kids, and am also provided pocket money and three meals a day."
I have been in Australia for nearly 3 months now, and I am so happy with my decision to come! GeoVisions has been wonderful throughout the entire process. Both my sister and I had applied for placements in New Zealand and then decided that we also wanted to go to Australia first. Because they had a few host families available GeoVisions helped us to get everything set up, and not only found us both families but found them in close proximity to each other (though not always guaranteed). I have really enjoyed my experience with my family, and so has my sister. There have been no major problems, and the children and host families have been absolutely lovely! The people at GeoVisions have kept in contact with us the entire time that we have been here as has the partner in Australia. The people that I have gone through were Ann Sherer, Rebecca LeGrant, and Melynda Davis. Every month I have received an email checking in on how we are doing as well as asking if there is anything that we would change about the program. All of them have made this experience so much easier! I would highly recommend using GeoVisions, and I certainly will be again very soon.
Australia is a dream come true, and it's going great! This is SUCH a great program, I'm really glad that I chose it and I'm thankful for the assistance you guys constantly provide