Becoming an au pair in Australia
There are no official regulations concerning au pairs in Australia, however the information below is the generally accepted guidelines.
Am I eligible to be an au pair in Australia?
You are eligible to be an au pair in Australia if:
- you are aged between 18 and 30
- you are single and without children
- you have a basic knowledge of English
- you are able to afford your travel expenses
- you can prove to have immediate access to at least 5,000 AUD
- you are a first-time applicant (exceptions could be made for Working Holiday visa second-time applicants)
Board and Lodging
Length of stay
Au pairs who want to do their placement in Australia can apply either for a Working Holiday visa or for a Work and Holiday visa.
Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417)
Citizens from Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, UK, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan can apply for this visa programme as far as they are willing to work for the same host family for maximum 6 months.
To apply for a Working Holiday visa, you need a passport valid for at least another 6 months after you have handed in your application. The visa is valid for 12 months from the day you enter Australia and you can apply for it by post, courier or online.
If you want to apply by post or courier, you just need to send the application to your local Australian Embassy or Consulate and you need to hand in an application form for this visa(form 1150) and a certified copy of all pages of your passport which carry your photo and personal details. According to your country of origin, you may need to provide biometric data too (please contact your local Australian Embassy or Consulate for more information).
If you want to apply online, you can do that on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462)
Citizens from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay or the USA can apply for this visa programme. It is advisable to have a passport which is valid for at least another 6 months after you have handed in your application.
You should complete the application form for the Work and Holiday visa (form 1208) and send it by post or fax to the Australian Immigration Office in the country where your passport was issued. Citizens from Bangladesh and Malaysia should provide their biometric data as well.
US citizens can apply with any Australian immigration office outside Australia or even apply online.
Both visa programmes are valid for 12 months starting from the day you enter Australia, but you cannot work for the same employer for longer than 6 months and you can study or do a training course for up to 4 months.
For more information about being an au pair in Australia see www.capaa.com.au.