nannies working in the home: Centenary Nannies and Babysitters

nannies working in the home1. Do we pay the nanny or the agency? The family pays the nanny directly on an agreed hourly rate or wage discussed at interview stage with the nanny. Fairwork Australia and Wageline QLD will be able to assist with appropriate rates. Domestic Payroll, who specialise in payroll for nannies working in the home offering a range of services from general assistance to managing all administration and calculations Otherwise you could try epayroll or easy pay roll for payroll assistance.

2. Who pays the tax and super? This is to be discussed in the interview with the nanny. Some families prefer to pay this and others find it a hassle. In this case the nanny would be responsible themselves and be working as a sub contractor under their own ABN. Superannuation If the nanny works for more than 30 hours a week they are entitled to superannuation. This is currently 9.5% of the employee’s gross wage so take this into account. For more information visit the ATO.

3. Do we pay holidays, sick days and public holidays? Again this is to be discussed in the interview with the nanny. Certainly if a nanny is working as a permanent or a full time nanny the family should pay the nanny the 4 weeks annual holidays, 10 sick days and public holidays if it falls on a day the nanny is rostered to work. For more information reagrding this visit

4. What happens if the nanny is sick? The nanny should call you directly as early as practical and let you know they are sick. If you need someone for that particular day/time the nanny is absent, by all means call us and we will endeavour to supply you with one of our casual babysitters at a cost of $25 per hour plus booking fee.

5. What if we, the family, go on holidays. Do we still pay the nanny? This question comes up time and time again and there is no hard and fast rule. We recommend that this issue be raised and discussed at the time the offer of employment is made along with rates of pay etc. Some families and nannies coincide their holidays so the family is not put out and neither is the nanny. Don’t forget this is the nannies income and the nanny has living expenses, mortgage or rent to pay and like all employed people they rely heavily on their income. Majority of families tend to pay the nanny their usual income if they go away however if the nanny chooses to go on a holiday then they forfeit their income for this duration as families will need to seek alternate childcare arrangements.

6. What is the role of the nanny? What can a nanny do? Nannies can basically do what you ask them to within reason. Nannies do almost everything related to the children such as:

  • Prepare and cook meals throughout the day for the children
  • Some families and nannies like the idea of keeping a daily or weekly record as to the day’s events or what is planned for the week as a means of communication
  • Bathing
  • Keep children’s area tidy, safe and clean
  • Light household duties such as children’s laundry (some nannies may do the families laundry but this is not a responsibility of the nanny), unloading and packing the dishwasher, take rubbish out, vacuum and mop only where the children have eaten or been playing (not the whole house).
  • Change children’s linen and towels
  • Ironing of the children’s clothes only (again some nannies may do the family ironing but this is not a responsibly of the nanny)
  • Run errands such as groceries; pick up/drop off dry cleaning
  • Organising daily/weekly or term activities for children. This may include after school activities, music lessons, swimming or gym lessons, story time at the library, playgroups or just a trip to the park
  • Organise educational home activities such as puzzles, reading, and arts and crafts, painting, drawing, ball games, building blocks, playing outside and more.
  • Always remember to discuss with the nanny in there interview what their exact role is and what you are looking for so as the nanny is aware of your expectations before starting.

7. What happens if the nanny leaves after a short time with us? When hiring a nanny through referral from Centenary Nannies you will be provided with an 6 week cooling off period for instances where the nanny does not suit either party. All fees however are non refundable as fees cover all recruitment costs. We will however replace the nanny at no extra cost to you should the nanny fall through within the first 6 weeks of the assignment. Please see the ‘Prices’ page for all pricing details.

8. Do we pay any insurance? We recommend you pay workers compensation through Work Cover QLD. It is the ‘Domestic Household Insurance Policy’ This will last 2 years and costs approx $50. This will also cover you for babysitters, cleaners, pool cleaners, gardeners, anyone working domestically in your home.

9. Who supplies the car for the nanny? You may choose to allow the nanny to use the family car in which we recommend you check your insurance details and add the nanny to the policy; otherwise the nanny can use their car. They may charge you each kilometre they drive, registering the kilometers in a log book. This price varies however an approx is 0.69 cents per kilometer which pays for the wear and tear on their car and also their fuel. We also advise you contact your automobile insurer to discuss what your policy covers in way of the nanny driving your vehicle.

10. Should we have a written contract with the nanny? This is entirely a personal preference. Some families like a formal written contract to be signed others do not. We can recommend a sample one found at They also have a guide for a diary should you wish the nanny to keep a record of the childrens day.

Please contact us if you have any specific questions you need answered. We are here to help you and your family!