Pocket Money & Other Benefits

This is your opportunity to have the adventure of a lifetime, make new friends from around the world, live with an Australian family, care for children, develop your experience and explore the wonders of Australia!  

Being an Au Pair in an inexpensive way to travel, whilst also developing your skills and enhancing your CV.  We have placements starting almost every week of the year so we accept applications all year round- so you can apply whenever you want! 

Difference between Au Pair’s and Nannies

As an Au Pair you’ll live for a minimum of 6 months providing up to 30 hours of childcare per week and receive weekly pocket money, food and accommodation plus plenty of time to explore! All AIFS Au Pairs will need to meet program requirements, however depending on your skills and experience will depend on what type of Au Pair you are. regardless of what type of Au Pair you, you still have a choice in what ages you want to work with and they type of host family you want to be placed with. You can expect your roles and day to day activities to be similar however they will differ slightly depending on the type of Au Pair you are and the age of the children. 

Bro Pair aka Male Au Pairs

Male Au Pairs aka “bro pairs” have become increasingly popular in recent years.  Whilst typically the stereotype of being an Au Pair is a female a role, there has been an increasing demand for a Bro Pair in recent years. There are many reasons why an Australian host family might want to host a bro pair.  Some host families who have all boys actually find that male Au Pairs are better suited to their family’s needs. This is because the bro pair can relate to the host children boy, play sorts with them and be an older brother and role model to them.  We are an inclusive organisation and invite anyone who loves working with children, meets the program and wants to travel to Australia to apply to the program! 

Your Allowance

Get all the facts on what you can expect to earn whilst being an Au Pair in Australia.

Being an AIFS Au Pair in Australia, you will get paid a weekly allowance from your Host Family which will be transferred directly into your new Australian bank account. Don't forget that your accommodation and food is provided for by the family-yep that’s three meals a days 7 days a week! Depending on the hours you care for the children, and your skills and experience, you can expect to be paid the following:

Platinum

0-24Hrs
25-35Hrs
36-40Hrs
N/A
$295
$375
Completion Bonus $300 & 1 weeks paid leave

To qualify as an AIFS Platinum Au Pair you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • 2 years full time work experience in an childcare or educational setting
  • Worked as an au pair for one year
  • Have a childcare qualification

Amounts are in Australian Dollars

Plus

0-24Hrs
25-35Hrs
36-40Hrs
$195
$255
$305
Completion Bonus $300 & 1 weeks paid leave

To qualify as an AIFS Plus Au Pair you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • 200 hours childcare experience
  • Minimum 100 hours working with under 3 years

Amounts are in Australian Dollars

Classic

0-24Hrs
25-35Hrs
36-40Hrs
$195
$255
$305
Completion Bonus $300 & 1 weeks paid leave

To qualify as an AIFS Classic Au Pair you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • 200 hours childcare experience with any age group

Amounts are in Australian Dollars

If you are completing a 9 month programme, you will receive a $300 completion bonus and two weeks paid leave.

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Tax

As you receive an allowance from your host family you do not need to pay any tax! However if you get a job with a company e.g at a local café or start working after you have finished your placement then it is likely you will start paying tax. There is a tax free threshold which you don't go over you can claim back tax. Our Experienced work and Travel team can help you with this!  

Time off

As part of your role, you’ll get a minimum of 2 days off  a week. In this time you can do whatever you like, whether its chilling down at the beach, meeting friends for coffee/ brunch its totally up to you what you do! In some circumstances you can even work down at a local bar, restaurant or cafe to earn some extra money however we would always recommend that you check this with the host family first to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your Au Pair role.  AIFS Au pair in Australia has social coordinators (who are current Au Pairs) that organise regular meet ups with other Au Pairs that are in your areas. 

Other opportunities

Whilst you’re an AIFS Au Pair there will be lots of opportunities to get involved in the programme in different ways. You could become one of our social coordinators who organise monthly meets ups with Au pairs in their local areas.  You could do one of our Instagram takeovers and tell past, future and current Au pairs how amazing your experience has been

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

Requirements

We don't have many requirements but its worth double checking before you apply

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Application Process

Read about our 4 step application process here so you know exactly what you need to do and when

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What's Included

We want to ensure you have value for your money so find out here, everything that is included in the Au Pair in Australia programme

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