What is an Au Pair?

An au pair means ‘au par’ or equal.
Au pairs travel to Australia to experience Australian life whilst living with an Australian family and caring for their children. Genki Families au pairs often have childcare experience and are genuinely interested in children.

Typical duties of the Au Pair would include:

  • Preparing snacks and meals for children
  • Getting children dressed and ready for school
  • Taking and collecting children from school
  • Helping with homework
  • Helping with bottle feeding and nappy changing
  • Playing games and entertaining the children
  • Reading stories
  • Putting children to bed
  • Bathing children
  • Keeping the kitchen clean and tidy
  • Taking children on outings to the park or after-school activities
  • Doing the children's laundry
  • Tidying children’s toys and making beds
  • Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping family areas

If you want to be an au pair you must:

  • Be on on a Working Holiday Visa so you can work for an au pair family
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be willing to work at least 30 hours a week in exchange for homestay accommodation, including meals and an agreed salary
  • You will be helping taking care of the children and helping with light household duties
  • Stay with your au pair family for at least 3 months. Please note: most au pair families would prefer a 6-12 month commitment
  • Have at least an intermediate knowledge of English
  • All girls must come with full travel and health insurance

Au Pairs usually do 30 hours per week and receive  $200 per week pocket money.
A demi pair is just like being an au pair, you live with a local family and take care of the children. Our Demi pairs may study English at a school in the city or do part-time work, so you are learning English and making friends too. If you’re on a Student Visa or a Working Holiday Visa and you love children, why not consider becoming a demi pair? It’s a wonderful way to save money on accommodation while you study or work and to really participate in Australian family life.