Au Pair in Australia: Working Holiday Visa

Don’t fret about your au pair visa for Australia! We know you have a lot to think about when planning your au pair placement, so we have broken down all the information you will need into easy-to-access FAQs to make your application for your au pair visa as straightforward as possible.

Which is the right visa to work as an au pair in Australia?

To work as an au pair in Australia, you will need an Australian working holiday visa. There are two different subclasses; a working holiday visa to Australia (subclass 417) or a work and holiday visa to Australia (subclass 462). 

The visas are very similar in the requirements and allowances. The main difference is the country from which you are applying from. For example, au pair applicants from the U.K. require a 417 and from the USA a 462. See below for which Australian working holiday visa you will need.

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Working Holiday Visa to Australia (subclass 417)

Au pair visas from: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Korea and Taiwan

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A Work and Holiday visa to Australia (subclass 462)

Au pair visas from: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA or Vietnam

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How long does my au pair visa last for?

Both au pair visas for Australia will allow you to spend one year in the country. You can work and travel during this time.You are permitted to work for the same employer, i.e. work as an au pair in Australia, for up to 6 months. However, you are entitled to stay with your host family for 12 months.The visa also allows you to leave and enter Australia as much as you like within the 12-month timeframe.

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What requirements do I need to fulfil to qualify for an au pair visa?

To qualify for an Australian working holiday visa, you will need to:

  • Be 18 - 30 years of age
  • Be unmarried and with no children or dependents
  • Meet certain health and character requirements (see text below)
  • Have a certain level of English proficiency (stated as good for a 417-visa application or functional for the 462)

You also need to have never previously entered Australia using the other class of Australian working holiday visa; i.e. if you are applying for a 417, you should have never entered Australia on a 462 visa and vice versa.

Is there anything else I need before starting an application for my visa to Australia?

Yes, you will also need to have:

  • An eligible passport that is valid for at least 6 months after travel.
  • Approximately 5,000 AUD in savings, available if needed during a working holiday
  • Enough funds to cover the costs of travel from Australia and back
  • Private health insurance to cover the costs of any treatment whilst in Australia
  • Documents to prove the above criteria have been met

There are also additional criteria for a work and holiday visa to Australia (subclass 462)

For the 462 subclass of visa application, you may also require the following:

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2 or 3 years of undergraduate university study

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A letter of support from the government (not required for US citizens)

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Where do I apply for an au pair visa to Australia?

If you are applying for a 417 visa, the easiest way to start the application is online at the Australian Immigration and Citizenship Department, but in certain circumstances you can apply via the post or in person.

Most applicants looking to apply for a 462, including those from the US, can also make the application online. However, au pair applicants from some other countries may need to apply for their au pair visa to Australia via post or in person at their country’s Australian Immigration Office.

Is there a fee for my au pair visa?

Yes, you will need to pay a registration fee for your Australian working holiday visa and unfortunately is your application is unsuccessful, this will not be refunded. Currently, both 417 & 462 visa's cost approximately 485AUD, subject to change at any time.

What do I need to prepare for my au pair visa application?

Collect the following documents:

Identification

  • Passport, showing your photo and personal details, with 6 months’ validity after your return
  • Birth certificate, showing both your parents’ names

or

  • Official identification, such as a government or court-issued document
  • If you have changed your name, official proof, such as a marriage certificate or change of name document

Financial status

  • Evidence that you have enough money to stay in Australia (normally 5,000 AUD) and funds for your travel to and from the country

Quick note:

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All documents should be in original English or translated by a certified translator

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Scan or photograph your documents in colour, ensuring they are clear and all necessary information is captured.

Health and Character Requirements

The Australian government has included these requirements to ensure that all visitors to the country do not pose any threat to the Australian community, either through ill-health or criminal activity.

Health Requirements

The need for health examinations will depend on where you are from and your medical history. During the application, if you need to arrange health examinations, there will be a link called ‘View health assessment link’. If you don’t need to have health examinations, there will be no link on the application.

Character Requirements

If you have a criminal record or any immigration-related convictions, you are likely to be asked for a character reference. This could include a police or military certificate. Again, you will also be prompted at the time of application if these are required. Always declare any records at the time of application, providing honest and complete answers, as varying circumstances are considered. However, if Australian working holiday visa is refused or cancelled, any other one is unlikely to be granted

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You’re ready to start!

Quick note:

Work through the application online, ensuring all details are correctly and fully completely. When you need to attach a document, attach just one at a time.

How do I find out if my au pair visa application for Australia is successful and how long will it take?

You will receive written confirmation of the outcome of your au pair visa application, via email or post. At the time of writing, 417 visa applications were taking up to 22 days to be processed and 462 visa applications were noted as taking 35 days. However, these times can vary according to demand and the circumstances of your visa application.

Check here for updated processing times.

When will my visa be valid from and can it be extended?

Both classes of au pair visas are valid for 12 months. If you are applying from outside Australia, the start date of your au pair visa will be from the day you enter Australia.

You cannot extend the 417 or 462 visas; however, you can apply for a 2nd visa if you are eligible.

What about cancellations?

You can request for your Australian working holiday visa to be cancelled, if you do not want your visa to start or if you want to enter Australia on another visa. This should be done with the Australian Immigration and Citizenship department, where you made your application. Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued. Find out more here.

I need a bit of extra help; do Au Pair in Australia offer guidance?

Of course, the Au Pair in Australia team will be on hand to help you apply for your Australian working holiday visa. Just get in contact with our team.

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