Applying to be an Au Pair in Australia
Experience the laid back, sunny lifestyle Australia offers by becoming an AIFS Au Pair in Australia. So you know what you need to do and when, here is a little info about our application process.
When is it best to apply?
Now! We are placing Au Pairs right now for arrivals from early 2022 onwards. We recommend you start your application at least 3 months before you wish to depart.
I liked the security and assurance the AIFS Au Pair in Australia programme provides before and throughout my stay in Australia. This meant that I didn’t need to worry about things such as not being safe when I arrived in Australia. I knew if I ever need help or advice I could contact someone that would respond quickly and efficiently, and the training and orientation really made me feel at ease and made my transition extremely easy.Natalie
I am an only child so living with a large family was really interesting. There was always something happening....I had so much fun.Natalie, UK
Australia is an amazing country. Au Pairing has given me the opportunity to work and travel and my host family were welcoming kind and helpful. I would encourage anyone wanting to Au Pair to do it in AustraliaShannon
Stage One - Apply
To become an Au Pair in Australia you’ll need to complete your initial application form which you can apply for through the website as well as a childcare experience form. This is so we can check that you meet our programme requirements before processing further. You’ll also need to pay your first deposit which will confirm you have officially been accepted onto the programme.
Stage Two - Tell Us About You
The second stage of the application process is all about getting your profile ready to show host families! You’ll need to write a letter to your future host family telling them all about yourself, such as your skills, experience, hobbies, and why you want to be an Au Pair in Australia. You’ll also do a shorted version for your website profile. Host families love to see pictures of you, your friends and family so they can get an idea of who you are. For this you’ll need to create a mini slideshow of pictures as well as a video (although the video is optional). At this stage you’ll also need to get your AIFS Medical form completed by your doctor, a police check and obtain two references (character & childcare).
Once you’ve done this you're ready to organise your interview with one of our friendly Interviewers. This could be face-to-face or via Skype/WhatsApp - depending on where you live.
After your interview, your second payment is due. We will then double check your application before to sending to the AIFS Australia team.
Stage Three - Let's Get You Placed
As soon as the Sydney team receive your application they will start the matching steps. This can take a few weeks so don't worry if you do not receive an interview request immediately. We want to make sure that we find you suitable families that have similar aged children to those that you have cared for and who interests and preferences should align with your own.
Our team will help you organise interviews with potential host families and give you advice on what to ask. We have some pretty cool Au Pair opportunities in Australia so we encourage you to be flexible in terms of where you want to go, and instead focus on the type of family will best suit you.
Sometimes it only takes one interview to find your perfect host families. No matter how many interviews you have, you ultimately get to decide with which host family you want to become an Au pair.
Stage Four - You're Placed!
You’ve just found your perfect AIFS host family and you’re officially going to be an Au Pair in Australia! You can’t quite believe you’re going to Australia but feel like it’s a dream come true!
For the final part of the application process, you will need to pay your final payment. This fee can be more if you are opting for a longer placement so please check out the fee’s page for more information.
Next step is to apply for your visa! We know visa’s can be tricky and a little scary to apply for so we are on hand to help you apply.
Once your visa is approved we can help you book your flights! We’re partnered with Student Universe to get you the best flight deals possible as well as provide multiple flight options including single, return or a flexi-flight to give you maximum flexibility. You also get a free money travel card, which you can apply for now and start saving for when you arrive in Australia.
Lastly, we will set up your travel, medical and cancellation insurance and send you your policy documents, help you set up your bank account and send your AIFS Au Pair Handbook. This Handbook contains all the information you need to prepare for your trip.
This looks like a lot but honestly its not! The AIFS Au Pair in Australia team are here to help!
Types of Placements
We have a choice of City, Rural or Outback placements in Australia so you choose where you want to go!Learn more
Our Host Families
Each Australian host family is unique in their own way so we'll match you with the perfect host family who has been carefully screened by usLearn more
Our face to face Orientation is designed especially to assist you in adapting to Australian culture, to prepare you for the time you spend with your host family and offer practical advice and tips on childcareLearn more