Most expatriates in Australia do not have household help. Full-time, qualified domestic help is difficult to find. Part-time help is available for cleaning and ironing, as is trained help for entertaining. Most families use local high school students to babysit. Babysitters can be obtained from an agency but are expensive and charge for transportation and a light snack. Full-time child-care givers can be found but not easily.
Employers are required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance; the procedure is simple, and the premium is reasonable.