How it Works

AIFS Au Pair is a cultural exchange program matching Au Pairs with families for an inital 6 months (which can be extended up to 12 months).  In exchange for full board and pocket money your Au Pair will care for your children for up to 40 hours per week. Care is related to the children and inlcudes light house work related to the care of the children.

In order to be accepted onto our program every Au Pair must:

  • demonstrate a minimum of 200 hours referenced childcare - many will have more than 1000 hours 
  • provide 2 references which are checked and verified by our team
  • successfully complete a one-on-one interview with our team - a report of the interview is available for you to review
  • provide a clean medical and police check
  • complete an application listing detailed information about their experience, photos, video and host family letter
  • pass AIFS' child protection and safeguarding screening
When the above steps are completed the Au Pair is accepted onto the program and will be ready for you to view or to be matched by our team.

The following steps walk through the process from how to apply, to matching, your Au PAir's arrival and how we support you and your Au Pair while on program. 

1. Complete your Online Application

Click on APPLY and follow the steps to be directed to our online application. Once you have completed the application you will need to accept the Terms & Conditions and process payment of the Service fee of $350.00. We will be in touch with you wthin 48 hours to confirm receipt and explain the next steps. 

 

2. Select Your Au Pair

AIFS will forward you Au Pair profiles matching your family's requirements. Some families also choose to select candidates using our HUB database. Whichever option you choose our team will assist you in arranging an interview with your potential Au Pair on the phone or SKYPE.

Upon completion of the interview, if both you and the Au Pair are happy to proceed we will send confirmation or alternately, you may review further Au Pair profiles.

 

3. Preparing for your Au Pair's Arrival

Upon selecting your Au Pair, a start date will be finalised and a confirmation e-mail with all relevant arrival details will be sent to you. Download and read the AIFS Au Pair Handbook. The placement confirmation does include valuable information to assist you in preparing for the arrival of your Au Pair. Please note that all Host Families outside of Sydney have to provide a 1-way transport from Sydney to their hometown for their Au Pair.

 

4. Our Support

Once your Au Pair starts with your family, our team is available to support both you and the Au Pair for the duration of the placement. Every Host Family is contacted by our Community Counsellor 2 weeks after your Au Pair's arrival to assist with the transitioning process and to give you her details so you have a point of contact for advice and support throughout the placement.  You will start to receive our AIFS Host Families monthly newsletter once we have receive your application.

Hosting an Au Pair is a rewarding experience however occasionally we know families want advice. At these times your Community Counsellor is available both during business hours and after hours for this purpose. 

All AIFS Au Pairs in Australia are contacted on a regular basis throughout the  placement and have access to support when they need it with the Community counsellor and our dedicated support staff member. 

5. Your Next Au Pair - Returning Families

Prior to your Au Pair completing their placement we will contact you to confirm if you wish to continue with our service. The majority of AIFS families use our services continuously in order to receive uninterupted childcare. For more details click here

IMPORTANT...Things to Consider

  • weekly pocket money for Au Pair CLASSIC and Au Pair PLUS: $240 for up to 35hour/week, $290 for a 36-40 hour/week plus a $500 completion bonus;
  • weekly pocket money for Au Pair PLATINUM: $270 for up to 35 hour/week, $360 for a 36-40 hour/week plus a $500 completion bonus;
  • every person over the age of 18 living in your household has to complete & pay ($42) for an online AFP application and send the National Police Certificate back to AIFS. Please be advised that placements can't be confirmed without the AFP certificates being on file;
  • the total hours/week an Au Pair is on duty should not exceed 40 hours/week;
  • in case you do require more than 40 hours/week, which should please be an exception, please agree & pay your Au Pair local babysitter rates. 
  • 10 hours is the maximum number of hours of care. If your Au Pair is required to work more than 10/hours per day, please contact us;
  • All AIFS Au Pairs apply for a Working with Children Check (WWCC) during their Sydney orientation. It is the responsibility of the family to apply for a WWCC in the state that the Au Pair will complete the placement;
  • AIFS recommends a weekly automatic transfer of the pocket money into the Au Pair’s bank account;
  • pocket money must be paid during holiday periods and when you family does not require her care;
  • please provide your Au Pair with a weekly roster/timetable, so that you & your Au Pair can clearly identify her/his on-duty-hours and her free time;
  • night-time babysitting & children’s nap times during the day with the Au Pair in charge count as being on duty;
  • Au Pair has to have a minimum free time of 1.5 days per week, these days do not have to be on a weekend or on consecutive days; 
  • Au Pairs are not allowed to be the sole carer for the children while the parents are away overnight; in case both parents have to stay away overnight, please arrange for another adult to be in house with the Au Pair and children;
  • The Au Pair’s role is childcare & childcare related household duties. An Au Pair will not fulfil general cleaning tasks although it is expected that the Au Pair will lend a hand as any other family member.

 

Please remember that the Au Pair's reason for doing this program is to have a cultural exchange in Australia and as such, it is a wonderful opportunity for your Au Pair and your family to learn from each other. You can show your Au Pair your area, teach them about Australia and our customs, as well as sporting events and our cuisine. Your Au Pair can teach you about the place they come from, perhaps help your children learn a language or try new food for the first time. As a Host Family you become an ambassador for your area and your community. 

Interested but not yet ready to sign up? Visit THE HUB (our Au Pair database) to view available Au Pair profiles. Alternately have a chat with one of our team on 1300 889 067.

"Thank you AIFS who helped us host four Au pairs during the past three years - these experiences and this childcare assistance have helped make our time in Canberra so memorable!  

The Edwards Family, Canberra