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  • Authentic educational and cultural experience
  • Meet and work with Australian families
  • Build life bonding relationship with hosting family

What is Demi-Pair

Demi-Pair is a full-time student and part-time Au-Pair with Permission to Work Visa.

Studying at Discover English and working part-time as a Demi-Pair, you will have a genuine immersion in Australian culture. It will help to improve your English, and you will have the support and company of the family hosting you. You might enter in a lifelong bonding relationship with your hosting family. You will receive free accommodation and meals in exchange for 15 hours per week work (usually 50% housework and 50% childcare).

Do I qualify?

Formally there is no qualification requirement.  A Working with children check is required and can only be obtained personally in Australia.

Some families will have a preference for someone who has already had prior experience with children, other families might not require prior experience, as long as they see your profile as a good match for their families.

You should be able to communicate with the family, be able to make a phone call to the parents if required, and of course, understand what the children are saying. We believe you need at least an intermediate English level.

How much does it cost?

The Demi-Pair placement fee* is $850.

Your Family will provide:

  • Accommodation in a private room
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport pick up
  • Free time on weekends


*It does not include English tuition. Minimum 12 weeks English course at Discover English is required.



Students need to have Working with Children Check and own medical insurance. Intermediate English level required. Students have to provide Demi Pair application form, resume, cover letter and a photo of themselves.


Minimum 12 weeks


6 - 8 weeks


The monthly activities calendar offers an exciting array of activities 7 days a week including: Salsa dancing, winery tours, weekend camping trips and sporting or cultural events.


Progress assessment is ongoing and includes weekly progress tests, regular review tests and a range of assignments, presentations and homework exercises.


Five hours a week of free extra classes are available to all students. Extra classes include: Pronunciation, TOEIC, Academic English, Vocabulary and Conversation.

Levelling up

As students have weekly assessments they have the opportunity to level up in any given week at Discover English.

Supervised Self-access

A teacher is in the library in supervised self-access periods to assist students with homework, resumes and questions from class.

Weekly Feedback

Teachers provide students with weekly feedback on their progress in one-to-one meetings and advise on how to improve in areas of weakness and build on current strengths.



“I never imagined how incredible my life would be working as a Demi-Pair and studying English in Melbourne. Currently, I live with an Australian family and I feel part of it thanks to the chemistry we have developed. I consider myself “the big sister” because I really enjoy the time I share with them, especially with the two children I take care of. This, along with my General English co?urse, has helped me to improve my English really quickly as I speak with locals at home and with people from all over the world in class. So, I’ve been able to learn a new language, a new culture, new traditions and meet so many interesting people too. Working and studying have not been a job, these are now part of my life and I would recommend everyone experience this in Melbourne”.

Jenifer Denis New Caledonia ENGLISH + DEMI-PAIR