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. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.1%

NSW 35.6%

NT 1.4%

QLD 20%

SA 7.6%

TAS 1.4%

VIC 24.1%

WA 7.8%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 6.2%

Female 93.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.3%

Not completed Year 12: 9.4%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 16.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 33.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 27.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 56.5%

Above 35 years: 43.4%

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

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.
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