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Being an au pair in Austria


THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED IN 2011


Employment requirements and conditions for au pairs and nannies change on a regular basis in every country. Please note it is YOUR responsibility to check the most up-to-date information on government websites. Thank you!


  • Age: Au pair has to be between 18-28 years old
  • Salary (pocket money): An au pair can expect to earn a minimum of €374 a month.
  • Number of hrs to work and days off: Au pair should perform easy housework and take care of the children of the host family for a maximum of 20-25 hours per week and have at least 1 full day off per week
  • Duration of stay: An au pair can work in Austria for up to 12 months
  • Visas: Au pairs from EU and EEA countries and Swityerland do not require a visa or work permit to work in Austria. Au pairs from outher countries need to can apply for an Austrian residence permit, which is valid for a maximum of 12 months. For more information see Visa requirements for Austria
  • Language requirements: Au pairs are required to have at least minimum German language skills (learned Rerman for at least a 6 months in school, language course, etc).
  • Health Insurance: Au pairs need to be registered with the regional health insurance fund and be covered by accident and health insurance. The insurance is normally taken out and paid for by the host family.
  • Travel costs: Travel costs to Austria from the au pair's home country should be covered by the au pair. However, if the host family wants to pay for a part of the costs, it is suggested that they do so after the au pair has stayed with them for at least half of the agreed time.
  • Language courses: Au pairs need to attend a German language course within the 6 months of their stay if they do not already have sufficient language skills. The costs of the language course will be divided between the au pair and the host family.


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