How to apply

Take the first step to find the perfect Au pair for your family.

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Apply Online

So, you're ready to become an AIFS Au Pair family? We're excited to welcome you!

Click on APPLY - the Application will take around 5-10 minutes to complete and you will be required to accept our Terms. You will also need to pay the Service Fee.


Introduce your Family

One of the most important documents for an Au Pair is their Host Family letter. This letter addressed to your prospective Au Pair should describe your family, home interests and the type of Au pair you are seeking.


Schedule & Photos

Upload family photos to your application. We suggest that you include photos of the following:

  • Photos of your family including parents, children, and family pets
  • Photo of the Au Pair’s bedroom and/or bathroom
  • Photo of the living area and home
  • We know a week can quickly change but most families have a snapshot of a normal week that will show the Au pair what they can expect. Please make sure to make a snapshot schedule of a week with your family giving an indication of start and end times, tasks and duration. 

References & Checks

Arrange for two Personal references using this link.

A National Police Check must be completed by all adults aged 18 or older who will live in your home during the placement. Please click on this link to complete the online form.

The current cost of the check is $42.00. Please note that your Au Pair's placement will be confirmed only when we have received all Police checks and references.

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Selecting Profiles

When you're ready to interview you will receive access to THE HUB - AIFS’ online database. You can view Au Pairs on THE HUB and request interviews.

Some families prefer to use our free bespoke matching service. We can send you profiles matching your family’s requirements. 

For some families, the interview and matching steps may take a few weeks, for others a few months. The time to select an Au Pair will depend on the time of year, your requirements and ensuring that the Au Pair is the perfect fit for your family. 

Getting Ready

Upon selecting your Au Pair, a start date will be finalised between you and your Au Pair and you will receive the final placement and arrival information.

As all Au Pairs attend an orientation at AIFS in Sydney, families are required to provide 1-way transport from Sydney to their home for their Au Pair.