Posts written by Nicole Kofkin

Welcome Au Pair Zoe!

Great news! Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of welcoming Zoe from the Netherlands at Sydney Airport. She had stayed in touch with the host mum Chloe for over 18 months before finally arriving in Australia. Many host families who had their placement delayed over… Continue reading

Au Pairs are coming back!

After many months of ‘crossed fingers’, we are delighted that au pairs will be returning to Australia very soon! As au pairs travel on a Working Holiday Visa, they will be allowed to enter Australia again from 15 December 2021. Are are talking to many… Continue reading

Why is au pair Cultural Exchange?

CAPAA, the Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia, has sought legal advice on the nature of a relationship between an au pair, a placement agency and a host family, and whether it forms an employment relationship. Each au pair relationship is unique. The following table will assist… Continue reading

Vivian will organise au pair orientation

In July we welcome back our beloved Vivian from the Netherlands. Vivian previously completed work experience with Travel Active in The Netherlands as well as with Smartaupairs Australia during her course of Tourism and Leisure Management. As she is now studying International Tourism Management and… Continue reading

How to welcome your au pair

We are often asked about the best way to welcome a new au pair into the family. We’d love to hear what’s worked well for you and your au pair?     Meanwhile,  here’s 3 steps to our ‘secret sauce’       1) All… Continue reading

Au Pair Orientation tip from Brisbane host mum

My number one tip is to take the day off work for your au pair’s first day in the family… and spend the day giving her an orientation to your home, suburb, and the city, using public transport (preferably without kids). By the end of… Continue reading

Au Pair Visa LATEST NEWS

Au pair visa: Government considers flexible deal to ease childcare burden SHARRI MARKSON, EXCLUSIVE, The Daily Telegraph July 1, 2017   A SPECIAL au pair visa to help make childcare more affordable and flexible — and enable mothers to return to work — is being… Continue reading

Antonia is a winner! Nominate your au pair next month

Every month our host families from all over Australia have a chance to nominate their au pair to win our Au Pair of the Month competition. Antonia is a winning au pair and here is the lovely nomination from her host family. Antonia from Germany… Continue reading

Visitors from Europe learn more about Au Pair in Australia

We had a great week sharing insights into our Au Pair in Australia program with two of our partner agencies from Europe. We look forward to lots more lovely au pairs travelling to Australia in the next few months and we know they will be… Continue reading

Spotlight on au pairs as childcare rebates dwindle

As childcare rebates run dry, families are increasingly turning to au pairs for childcare. Nicole Kofkin, chief executive of au pair agency Smart Au Pairs, has seen an increased demand for the service over the last few years. See full story by Loren Smith from NewsCorp… Continue reading