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Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia

New Au Pair Visa to help with childcare shortage

Members of the Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia (CAPAA) are delighted with the announcement in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph that Immigration and Border Protection Assistant Minister, Alex Hawke will be considering proposals allowing au pairs to be hosted by a family for up to two years on a dedicated visa.

 

'We are interested in how these au pair visas could ease pressure on the whole childcare system and provide options for families,' Mr Hawke said.

 

Under current ruling, au pairs can only work for a family for six months on the Working Holiday visa, and pending an appeal to Immigration, it can be extended by a further six.

 

“Most families would like to have (their au pair) for longer ... because kids become very connected to their au pairs. They become part of the family.”

The Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia has been lobbying the government to introduce an au pair visa class, and extend it to other countries.

The Industry is currently struggling to meet demand for au pairs from Australian families. The current system has requirements on education and finances and only a select number of countries are involved in the Working Holiday visa program, which in turn has inflated the waiting times and costs of the restricted number of au pairs entering the country.

 

“Countries like Brazil send a large number of au pairs to other destinations but can’t to Australia,” says Wendi Aylward from AIFS.

Ms Michelle Hunder from JCR Au Pairs in Melbourne emphasized how important it is that both au pairs and families have agency guidance and a screening process to ensure it is a safe and rewarding experience for all involved.

“So many Australian families are now looking for a more flexible childcare solution, not just 9 to 5 day-care but also the school run and help at meal times, parents need this to do their jobs” says Nicole Kofkin from Smartaupairs.

 

'We are interested in how these au pair visas could ease pressure on the whole childcare system and provide options for families,' Mr Hawke said.

 

 

ABOUT CAPAA

 

The Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia “CAPAA” was established in 2012 as the only recognised au pair industry association in Australia. Our membership of like-minded professionals support the setting of industry standards and protecting the Au pair experience as a rewarding cultural exchange program in Australia.

Members must meet the Association’s standards and agree to abide by CAPAA’s Code of Conduct, which signifies competence, fair dealing and business integrity.

CAPAA is a member of the International Au Pair Association “IAPA”.

www.capaa.com.au

Media inquiries can be directed to Wendi Aylward waylward@aifs.com.au / 0402 283 783 or

Michelle Hunder michelle@jcraupairs.com.au

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