Recent news of Greens Party leader Richard Di Natale paying three Au Pairs below minimum wage for their work has raised questions about the industry.
The issue has often been a fraught one, with employers pointing out the free room and meals afforded to Au Pairs.
So what is a fair wage? And what does the law say about the situation
Edit: Senator Di Natale denied claims he paid Au Pairs below minimum wage, saying the wages of $150 were based on advice that it would be appropriate to deduct $300 a week for board and only required them to work 25 hours per week. The original text of this article has been updated to include this claim.Download Audio