Being an Au Pair

Au Pair in Australia is an amazing way to experience the Australian way of life whilst living with an Australian family and caring for their children. It's an exciting adventure where you can share and expand your experience whilst exploring so many opportunities into one incredible experience.

 When you are an au pair you become an extended part of a new family, sharing your culture and combining childcare with a year of adventure and travel. You will be a friend, companion and role model to the children that you will be caring for, so a genuine love for children is important! 

Our Australian families are spread out all over each Australian Territory. If you wish, you may be placed in a larger city such as Sydney or Melbourne, a coastal beach area, or even an outback cattle station. You will get the choice of where you want to live and most importantly with which family that best suits you.

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Typical Day

Because every host family is different, your daily schedule will be varied. It will depend a lot on the ages and needs of the children you are caring for and the individual requirements of your host family. As an au pair your responsibilities are centred on the children and you won't be expected to do heavy housework.

Typical duties will include

  • Waking the children up
  • Dressing, bathing and playing with them
  • Preparing their meals
  • Making their beds and doing the children's laundry
  • Driving them to and from school or after school activities, play dates etc.
  • Tidying up after them
  • Helping them with homework
  • Babysitting some evenings if the parents are out
  • Being their friend and having fun!
  • Sharing your own culture through songs, games

You will have a set number of hours (up to 40 per week) so plenty of time off to relax and spend time with friends exploring your local area. We will put you in touch with other Au pairs in your area and in many capital cities we organize regular social events.

AIFS supports you throughout your experience, from application to placement and every step of the Au Pair journey. You will have 24/7 emergency support plus a dedicated Community Counsellor.

Once you have completed your placement, you will enjoy full access to the services of AIFS Sydney where you can find work, get advice or book travel. We support almost 3,000 people every year making sure they have access to exclusive travel deals, a wide range of backpacker style work and an amazing Australian adventure!

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An au pair is motivated, enthusiastic & loves spending time with children! If this sounds like you then we have just what you’re looking for!