Housemaids Don’t Exist in Australia

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House maids might exist here in Australia if you live in the rich man’s world. I don’t and the majority of the Australian population don’t live in that world either.

Life in Australia is awesome, this is what we say when people ask about Australia. We like living here, it’s great. It does have it’s flaws like any country that you live in though.

Chances are if you are coming from Philippines to live here in Australia, you would have a house maid. A house maid would be somebody to help you with your day to day running of the house. They will do the cooking cleaning and whatever task you give them. In Philippines, house maids will live with you and offer their services to you 24 hours.

Photo by: Ian& Shutter Habit | Licence: Creative Commons (Feb 6, 2012)

Photo by: Ian& Shutter Habit | Licence: Creative Commons (Feb 6, 2012)

Well, I have a bad news for you. If you are accustomed to that lifestyle, and expect something similar when you do come to Australia, you’ll be in for a bit of a change and perhaps a bit of a surprise as well. And if you want that kind of lifestyle, better stay in Philippines because, unless you are really rich, you won’t be able to do that here. You need to be able to do things by yourself.

Our laws here in Australia is different. We have industrial relations laws and minimum wage guidelines. Thinking of running your house with a house maid just like you once did in Philippines won’t work here, unless you are rich and can afford it.

You have to pay your maid, the minimum wage. We’re talking about $15 dollars or something. Now you would most likely be working yourself for somebody and you would most likely be getting the minimum wage, unless like I said earlier, if you come here fully loaded. Or if you have a very high paying job. Most of us don’t have that. See where I am coming from? You will be working only to pay your house maid!

The housemaids in Philippines typically are being paid at about 2,000 pesos per month. Whilst you earn about 8,000-10,000 pesos per month. You can’t do that here in Australia, we have a minimum wage guideline that we all must comply. There are other laws that comes in effect too, because effectively if you hire somebody, you will become an employer and that’s a whole different ball game all together. There are more requirements that you need to full-fill.

We don’t live like kings and queens here in Australia. We have to work hard and long hours just to make ends meet. Many of us have to take double jobs or more to make ends meet. If you have qualifications though, then your standard of living might be easier but you still have to work your butt off.

My sister held a birthday party for her daughter, normally, we would have a helpers all around to help us, but because of our tight schedules and those tedious work, she had to outsource it and that worked relatively well. If she didn’t then she would have been up for early morning wake up, cooking, organising the event all by herself. Then after that spending all those hours cleaning up the mess.

The point of the story is, be prepared to do everything by yourself. Unless you are really rich, there are no such thing as a house maid here in Australia. But that’s a small inconvenience though in my view, when you have better opportunities of living a greater life, education in Australia.

Jojie Certeza

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