Nanny Pilot Programme

The Australian Government's Nanny Pilot Programme provides subsidised care for families to use a nanny for their child care needs. The programme is aimed at supporting families who struggle to access child care services, particularly if they are shift workers, live in regional or remote areas or away from existing child care.

The pilot programme will run until 30 June 2018. An independent evaluation will take place throughout the pilot to help the Government develop future policy for care provided in the family home.

Information for families

Applications for the Nanny Pilot Programme have now closed.

Who is eligible to participate in the Nanny Pilot Programme?

Families are eligible if they earn a combined annual income of less than $250,000, both parents are engaged in work, study or training for at least eight hours per fortnight (unless they are exempt), and at least one parent is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Sole parent families must also be engaged in work, training, or study for a minimum of eight hours per fortnight (unless they are exempt) and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Children receiving a subsidy under the pilot programme must have received all vaccines required for their age or be on a catch-up schedule as per the National Immunisation Program.

How much is the subsidy?

The amount of fee assistance families are eligible for depends on their total family income. The more families earn, the lower the subsidy amount.

If your family earns up to $60,000 per year you will be eligible for the maximum subsidy of $8.50 per child per hour. The subsidy decreases to a minimum subsidy of $5.00 per child per hour for those families earning between $165,000 and $250,000 per year. If your family earns an income of $250,000 per year or above you are not eligible to participate in the pilot.

The subsidy is paid directly to services who pass on the savings to your family as a fee reduction. This helps the family budget, and makes using a nanny a more affordable care option.

More information on subsidies is available on the Subsidies for Families page

Please note: Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate will not be paid for care provided under the Nanny Pilot Programme. 

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Information for nannies

The Nanny Pilot Programme is currently looking for people who are interested in being a nanny in all regions across Australia.

Can I become a nanny?

To be eligible to participate in the pilot programme, you must meet all eligibility requirements:

  • be 18 years old
  • hold a Working with Children Check and a first aid qualification
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or have a relevant visa that allows employment on a continuous basis of 12 months or more
  • not be immediately related to the children in their care or be living with them in a family-like relationship.

How do I become a nanny in the pilot programme?

If you are interested in becoming a nanny you will need to contact a service provider in your area. They will provide you information on how to apply to become a nanny with their service.

If successful, you should receive a written agreement from the service provider which will contain the details of your conditions, including wages, superannuation and other entitlements.

This agreement must be consistent with all relevant workplace legislation.

What will my duties be as a nanny?

As a nanny you will be responsible for the care of the child or children in the family you are matched with. You will not be expected to undertake cleaning, shopping or other household duties for the family unless they are directly related to the care of the children.

How much will I get paid?

Terms and conditions, including pay, will be clearly defined in the written agreement you receive from the service provider.

The agreement must comply with all relevant Commonwealth, state and territory legislation, including the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Independent Contractors Act 2006, ensuring you will receive all the legislated minimum employment conditions.

For more information on minimum wages and conditions, visit Fair Work Australia or contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.

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For further information, contact the Nanny Pilot Programme Team.