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What do they do, rough cost and rebate


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#1 KHK

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

As the title suggests, I have two children and are due to go back to work in May 3 days a week.  I may not get child care places for both of them on the same days at the same centre so thought a nanny might be another option.The boys will be 2 years and 10 months in age at the time.  It would be great if they did some minor housework but can you tell me what they cost including any insurances.  Do I need to set up a business and pay them this way, and is the rebate available.
Any help, info would be great?


#2 sakura73

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

I pay my son's nanny $22 per hour, cash, for a 10 hour day 8-6pm. She usually works 3 days a week.

She does all his washing and cooks meals for him, and also does a bit of tidying for me (hangs washing, empties dishwasher, etc) and picks up groceries if I ask.  

When I was interviewing most candidates wanted to be be paid cash, only one wanted to be formally on the books with me to deduct tax and super etc. One candidate (not the one I went with) was registered for the child care rebate. So we don't get the rebate but we probably would not be eligible anyway.

I should (but have not) get an insurance policy to cover her if she has an accident at our place.

#3 Lucretia Borgia

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

I am very similar to Sakura73.... I have her 3 days a week 8-6, cash in hand, $30 an hour, so no rebate.

My son is nearly 1, still has two naps a day. So when she arrives in morning she will finish giving him breakfast, change him, put all breakfast stuff away, she un packs the dishwasher, sweeps the kitchen/dining floor. She will put washing on for him and my other son (who's at school), she will hang out washing and bring it in and fold it. The baby's clothes she will put away, other stuff she just leaves folded. She tidies up toys and generally tidies up the living room. I don't expect her to clean bathrooms or mop floors, or dust/ vacuum.

She cooks for the baby (purées up veggies, spag Bol that type of thing) ...my other son is in OOSH and I will normally pick him up on my way home from work but if I am running late she will do that and sometimes drop him off at school. She's happy to do grocery shopping, drop off pick up dry cleaning, that type of thing.

Eta, as it is a cash in hand, casual arrangement I don't pay sick pay or holiday pay...I do obviously pay overtime.

Edited by Lucretia Borgia, 29 January 2013 - 02:44 PM.


#4 eachschoolholidays

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:44 PM

Our nanny is paid $25 per hour for about 25 hours per week. Insurance costs us about $200 per year. I get her to change both kids' beds, she prepares the kids' lunches  and she washes us any plates, cups etc.  She takes DD to her swimming lessons and takes them to the park, does craft with them, and generally has fun with them.

She is their nanny, not a housekeeper, so I don't get her to do chores.

The rebate is about 50c an hour, so I wouldn't bother factoring that into your finances!!

#5 pitzinoodles

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

We have the most amazing nanny!

Got her via recommendation, I had heard too many bad stories about agency nannies being unreliable, and we couldn't deal with that with the work situation at the time.

We pay $20/hr (we just raised it from $18, because we loved her and that didn't seem enough) she is a registered carer,  direct deposit into her bank account, but she provids receipts for the CCB/CCR and does her own tax and has work cover some how included in that.

she does light housework, mainly hanging out and bringing in washing, sweeping floors. she did more when there was just DD, less with 2 to look after. She mainly did a few chores when DD was asleep, but now she has Child care to do the whole time I do 't think she has time to do housework - which is fine by me, I want the children's needs met primarily.

Some friends with nannies pay 1/2 chasm, 1/2 the legit way, that way they can have work cover etc, but the nannies prefer that. We are too honest to do that though!

Edited by pitzinoodles, 29 January 2013 - 02:50 PM.


#6 IVL

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

We put our nanny on my company books as another staff member, that way all tax, insurance and super was provided for as with any legal job. We also pay for her to keep current her first aid certificate. We have had the same nanny for over 6 years and during this time we have had anohter child, now 3.

This year the eldest and the 3 year old will be at school and pre-school but we are keeping her total hours the same and she is helping us in other areas of the the household as well. She has always done light house work and cooked for the family. Washing is limited to that of the children only, but many times we have come home to find our clothes washed and folded too! As I have to travel for work a lot, I do like to take the children with me so, so she will come along too if I am going somewhere the kids will enjoy, same with DH. We hope to have her with us until the kids are in high school!

#7 lmcshe

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:59 AM

QUOTE (sakura73 @ 29/01/2013, 03:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I pay my son's nanny $22 per hour, cash, for a 10 hour day 8-6pm. She usually works 3 days a week.

She does all his washing and cooks meals for him, and also does a bit of tidying for me (hangs washing, empties dishwasher, etc) and picks up groceries if I ask.  

When I was interviewing most candidates wanted to be be paid cash, only one wanted to be formally on the books with me to deduct tax and super etc. One candidate (not the one I went with) was registered for the child care rebate. So we don't get the rebate but we probably would not be eligible anyway.

I should (but have not) get an insurance policy to cover her if she has an accident at our place.



Hi there, can I ask - where did you find your nanny?

#8 sakura73

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

QUOTE (lmcshe @ 01/02/2013, 09:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there, can I ask - where did you find your nanny?


On the find a babysitter.com.au site! I paid to join and put up an ad specifying what I wanted. Had heaps of good applicants. You can also respond to other people's ads without paying but I preferred to advertise myself.
I interviewed 8 people, short listed 4. The one we went with, who is fabulous, got her last 3 jobs through the site. I have several colleagues who also found their nanny through the site.




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