The difference between Demi pair and Au pair in Australia

Hello! This is Hiroko from IWHP and thank you for visiting our blog.

Today, I would like to talk about the difference between Demi pair and Au pair, its advantages and disadvantages!

Demi pair and Au pair are the same as taking care of children and housework, but there are a few things that you are different.

Let’s take a look at the differences!

About Au pair

Au pair is also called Mother’s Help or Live-in Nanny.

This is an exchange style for international students who would like to live overseas.
You can earn money by helping with the housework and taking care of the children whileliving with the family.

What the family provides, normally, is your own room (in the host family’s home) plus 3 meals a day, as well as a small pocket wage.

The pay depends on the workload of the family. You can earn from $ 180 to 300 per week. There are also families that will offer up to $ 400 per week.

The average help time is 30-40 hours per week with Saturdays and Sundays basically free.

However Au pairs require a high level of English.

Advantages of Au Pair

The biggest advantages for an Au pair is you can get money and you don’t have to worry about costs, such as meals and rent.

Because of the family environment, it is safer than a share house or backpacker, and there are more chances to communicate with the family and to improve your English.

Disadvantages of Au Pair

The disadvantage of Au Pair is that your time is not flexible.

Just like a standard job, you have to work 30 to 40 hours a week for the family 5 days a week, so your time is restricted.

If you’re going to do Au pair, you should really love children and your main purpose in another country should focus on Au pair.


If you want to work as an Au pair, you will work normally 6 hours a day. And you will be asked to stay from 6 months to 1 year.

If you’re coming to Australia on a working holiday, I think it’s better to try something different than focusing on an Au pair.

Next, let’s take a look at Demipair.

About Demipair


Demi Pair’s “Demi” means “half” in French.

Because it is half, a Demi Pair works less than an Au pair.

However, there is no money offered by the family.

Work is roughly 18 to 20 hours per week, and meals and housing are provided in the same way as an Au Pair.

The Advantages of Demi pair


The advantage of Demi pair work is that a lot of families are more flexible and will accept you even if you do not have a good level of English.

And since the amount of working hours is less than an Au Pair, it means that there is a lot more free time.

The minimum lengths of staying is usually 3 months, so you can enjoy working in other areas afterwards.

Even English beginners can start, so you can improve your English skills communicating with the family in an English environment.

The disadvantages of Demi pair

The disadvantage of Demi pair is you are not paid even so your savings last longer as you don’t have to pay rent or buy food.

Demi pair gives you the time to be able to go to a language school or join a club as you have the extra free time, but if you don’t spend your free time wisely, you may start getting bored so, I suggest that you find something you can enjoy doing, not just doing Demi pair.


What did you think?

Please think carefully about which one you think is right for you, Au Pair or Demi Pair.

We believe that Demi pair can improve your daily conversation as well as studying English at a language school.

If you are interested, check out our Demipair Program!

5 reasons why you should choose a Demi Pair in Australia.

What is Demi Pair?

Demi Pair is an exchange program where a person lives with an Australian family who will provide them with a room, breakfast, lunch and dinner in exchange for 20 hours help in cleaning and child-care.

Today, I would like to talk about “5 Reasons why you should choose a Demi Pair in Australia.”

1.Language Benefit

Living and working with an Australian family can have a lot of benefits, such as improving your English conversation skills which starts from the moment you say “Good morning” and ends at the time you say  “Good night.”

The more you interact with the family, the faster your English conversation skills will improve, and the faster your conversion skills improve, the more confident you will become in interaction with others.

2.Sharehouse vs Demi Pair

We say ” When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
It means when in a foreign country, follow the customs of those who live there.

Choosing a share house where only people from your country live may be comfortable, but it is the same as living in shared accomodation in your own country.
Of course the main language spoken will be your language and the main culture will be yours.

Your are not going to learn at least one thing about Australia culture, are you!?

I myself also moved into a share house after staying with an Australian family as homestay.
I started living with an Australian guy and two Japanese girls, unfortunately they all preferred doing most things the Japanese way and I thought to myself, “Why am I here?” “I may as well be in Japan!!”.

As a Demi pair you can learn from the family such as up bringing, customs, food and lifestyle.

3.Leaning the ropes

Demi pair works involves housework and child care, so at times the language can be difficult.

At first you might be surprised at the difference in character and culture during the introduction, or the size of the house and that all the products are written in English, and reading and learning them may take a little time to get used to.

And of course at the beginning you might find tit difficult to understand the children’s conversation and energetic ways they like to play, or how to tell them what to do in English.

But after some time you will get used to all of it.

4. Second family

Spending 3 months with a Demi pair family and getting to know them can sometimes make saying good bye difficult.
Children get used to the Demi pair and beg them to not leave, the host mother and father might ask you to extend your time with them.

It’s good to have a relationship where you can stay connected, even after you have finished.
I am still connected on Faceboook  to my host family I home stayed with as a High school student.

When I was at High school, I couldn’t speak much English at all and when I home stayed in Australia, I thought they might be disappointed with me. But they were wonderful and I became more confident in talking to them and haven’t stopped for the past 10 years.

If you keep in touch with them after you finish your Demi pair, you will have a second family for life. You can visit them, or they might be able to visit you in your country.

This is a priceless experience.

5. Saving Money

Yes, money, when travelling money can become a big concern, and what matters most when you are travelling or studying abroad is the cost of living.

Rent and food expenses will always be the biggest expenses, as they are paid for as bought daily or weekly.

However, if you choose Demi pairs, you can save on both of these, which gives you more money to spend on fun thing s todo as extend your time in Australia.

After all, it’s not nice to watch your savings decrease rapidly and you start working about how long you can holiday for.

If I was you, I would choose Demi pair as you have the security of accomodation and food and a chance to adapt to the Australian lifestyle.


What do you think about Demi Pair?
Do you think it’s for you?

IWHP language school is always here to help you with a Demi pair family plus the support you need throughout the 3 months you are there.
IWHP is also able to help you with your English language studies to increase your skills and build a more confident personality.