If you are looking to hire a cleaner, housekeeper, au pair or nanny in Australia there are a variety of options available. Agencies that specialise in domestic staff are easily available and can help find someone suitable in your local area. In most cases they will have checked references and conducted police checks (for childcare positions) but expect to pay a finders fee or be charged a premium for babysitting or cleaning services. You can advertise for home help in your local paper or online on sites such as www.gumtree.com.au or www.findababysitter.com.au and also check the work wanted sections of these papers and websites. For best results we suggest using a reputable agency or asking friends and neighbours for local recommendations.
Finding an Au Pair in Sydney
Au Pairs are usually available for 3 to 6 month placements and usually work for 30-40 hrs per week in return for accommodation, board and a small weekly allowance (approx $250 per week) Au pairs are predominately required to undertake child related activities and only general household cleaning that relates to the children.
Finding a Nanny in Sydney
Live-In Nannies in Australia will participate in children related activities and chores, such as driving children to school, preparing meals and helping with homework or age related activities. A nanny’s work week usually includes 40-60 hours a week with two days off a week. The expected annual salary will be approximately $39,000 per year. Rates for a live out nanny are approximately between $16 and $25 an hour dependent on experience.
Finding a Housekeeper or Cleaner in Sydney
Housekeepers and Cleaners are available on a daily, weekly or fortnightly basis. Expect to pay between $18-$25 an hour for these services.
www.absolutedomestics.com.au Australia wide agency offering domestic cleaners and housekeeping services.
www.rockmybaby.com.au operates Australia wide offering babysitters, nannies and maternity services.
www.smartaupairs.com.au matches au pairs to local families. Child care and home help is offered in exchange for board and accommodation making this a good choice for families on a budget.
Help around the house
www.hireahubby.com.au provides handyman and property maintenance services.
www.jimsmowing.net provides lawn mowing and garden services throughout Australia