How to become a Nanny

Nannies care for children as employees in private households.

Personal requirements of a Nanny

  • Patient and mature with a willingness to accept responsibility
  • Good organisation skills
  • Able to work with young children
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Good communication skills
  • Reliable
  • Able to multi-task
  • Flexible and resourceful

Education & Training for a Nanny

You can work as a nanny without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a nanny through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

To work as a nanny you must obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate and a Working with Children Check. You will also need extremely good references.

Duties & Tasks of a Nanny


  • care for babies or young children by feeding, washing and dressing them, as well as by supervising their play and learning activities
  • plan creative play and learning activities and organise meal and sleep times
  • develop and/or maintain appropriate routines
  • communicate with parents to ensure their preferences regarding child care are maintained
  • safeguard children against potential dangers, such as swimming pools, kitchen utensils, poisons and stairs
  • take children to school, kindergarten and other activities
  • plan and prepare nutritious snacks and meals for children and possibly the family
  • care for and maintain children's belongings, bedrooms and play areas
  • take sole charge of children for extended periods while parents are absent from home
  • arrange and supervise outings
  • apply first aid and take appropriate action in cases of accident or emergency
  • perform light housekeeping duties when applicable, such as laundry or meal preparation.

Working conditions for a Nanny

Nannies employed full time may be required to live in their employers' homes. They may also be required to work in the evenings and on weekends.

Employment Opportunities for a Nanny

Employers and agencies have a strong preference for applicants with recognised qualifications and references. Opportunities for qualified Australian nannies are available overseas, especially in the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA and Canada.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.3%

NSW NSW 30.1%

NT NT 1.1%

QLD QLD 23.6%

SA SA 5.2%

TAS TAS 1.6%

VIC VIC 27.5%

WA WA 8.5%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 4.8%

Female 95.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.9%

Not completed Year 12: 6.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 17.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 27.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 29.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 10.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 6.9%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 7.8%

20-24 - 20.1%

25-34 - 27.2%

35-44 - 19.1%

45-54 - 14.9%

55-59 - 5.2%

60-64 - 3.9%

65 and Over - 1.8%

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

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