If you have experience caring for babies and children, working as an au pair, nanny or babysitter can be the perfect job while you’re travelling Australia. There are plenty of au pair, nanny and babysitting jobs to choose from offering everything from just occasional babysitting, to long-term positions for up to 6-months.
Some families require a live-in au pair / nanny, where you live in the family home and receive a weekly wage plus free accommodation and meals. Internet and usage of the family car may also be included. Live-out positions are also available. You will receive a wage (usually higher than for live-in work) but accommodation is not included.
As well as taking care of the children, most au pair / nanny jobs will require you to complete light housework duties such as cleaning, washing / folding / ironing clothes, cooking and running errands.
Many au pair and nanny positions are available in regional parts of Australia. Some regional positions include farm hand duties as a large part of the role, which can count towards your application for a second year visa.
Occasionally a family will need au pair / nanny to help while away on long weekends or holidays overseas... imagine getting paid while holidaying in a beautiful tropical destination such as Bali or Fiji!
Most people looking for an au pair/nanny (or even a casual babysitter) expect applicants to have previous experience.
Make sure your CV/resume is up to date with all of your previous babysitting or au pair/nanny experience. Include the age and sex of the children plus a brief summary of duties included. References from each family you worked for are essential. It is also beneficial to have a current First Aid Certificate.
Rates of pay for au pair / nannies / babysitting varies from $15 to $35 per hour, based on an applicant’s experience and qualifications. Many live-in positions also include other benefits such as free internet, meals and use of a car.
The quickest and easiest way to get a nanny / au-pair job in Australia is with a WorkingDownunder.com Arrival Package. Our team in Sydney will arrange everything you need including your working holiday visa, tax file number, bank account, airport transfer, accommodation and an interview with a leading Sydney Au Pair Agency.
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