COVID-19 – Nannies an essential service?

Over the last week, we have been, like you are, keeping a keen eye on the advice being handed down by government agencies, especially in relation to childcare, school closures and healthcare.

There is no denying it, these are uncertain times and official advice is changing rapidly regarding our way of life. As it stands, all businesses are preparing to adhere to the new shut down regulations except for essential services. We have been receiving a number of questions pertaining to nanny services being considered essential.

 Last night, the advice received is that childcare centres and childcare services are an essential service and people working in these industries are allowed to travel for the purpose of attending work placement. And you are still allowed visitors to your home as required. The following link should assist in answering further questions pertaining to this most recent statement.

 As the majority of Australians who are able to work from home, are planning for, if not started to, socially distance themselves and their families. We refer you to our previous communication on how to manage your nannies interactions with your family during this time. As employers we advise you to discuss options with your nannies to find solutions that work for your households to minimise impacts and manage everyone’s safety.


The Domestic Payroll Team