Au pair in Australia - Your tasks as an au pair

An au pair's responsibilities can be quite varied. They depend mostly on the age of the children in your host family. It is just as likely that you will need to feed and bath the children as it is that you will have play dates at the park or local swimming pool with other au pairs and their children. You might also take them to school or accompany them to various after-school activities; you can help them with their homework or play together.

Before beginning your programme, you will agree with your host family on how many hours per week you will work. In most cases, this is between 25 and 45 hours. In addition to taking care of the children, you will also do light housework. Normally, you will do your work during the day, but it may happen that you babysit 2 to 3 evenings per week.

As a member of the family you will play an active role in joint activities. Therefore, you might spend Christmas at the beach together with your host family, you might watch kangaroos with your children, or you might attend a rugby match with family friends.

Host families in Australia are just as diverse as at home, but they can be roughly broken down into three categories:

  • Families in which one of the parents stay at home but desires additional help with the children and household. You will work approximately 20 to 35 hours in such a family.

  • Families in which both parents work outside of the home. In these families you will probably work between 40 and 45 hours per week.

  • One parent families in which the single parent works outside of the home. These families most commonly have school-aged children, and you will most likely work 40 to 45 hours per week.