How to become a House Parent

House parents are concerned with all the tasks relating to the personal care, boarding accommodation, meals, study, recreation and weekend activities of children and adolescents in a residential establishment. They usually live in or near the boarding establishment.

Personal requirements of a House Parent

  • concern for the wellbeing of young people
  • understanding of students' needs and cultural differences
  • sense of responsibility
  • good leadership skills
  • good organisational skills
  • able to work closely with others in a community setting
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

Duties & Tasks of a House Parent

House parents: • ensure good behaviour of the children • supervise and arrange activities that promote intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development • ensure living and hygiene standards are maintained • ensure students are attending classes • lend a sympathetic ear to children with problems or provide counselling services • perform minor domestic duties • accompany students on weekend outings.


Boarding School Supervisor

A boarding school supervisor usually provides a similar service to that of a house parent, operating from a school boarding house that provides accommodation facilities for students.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.3%

NSW 20.5%

NT 5.5%

QLD 23.9%

SA 6.6%

TAS 1.8%

VIC 21.6%

WA 18.7%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 31%

Female 69%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 22.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 18%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 20.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 19.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 7.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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