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House sitting in Australia: A Comprehensive Guide

House sitting in Australia: A Comprehensive Guide

Finding cheap accommodation in Australia can sometimes be tricky. House-sitting provides the perfect opportunity to get cheap or even free accommodation, allowing you to save a lot of money while also spending time with animals and meeting local people. Often homeowners will have a list of requirements as to what you will need to do in exchange for accommodation, but these are usually small everyday tasks – a small price for a free stay somewhere new!

What is house sitting?

House sitting is an arrangement where a person (house sitter) stays at a homeowner’s property while the owner is away, taking care of the house and often pets in exchange for free accommodation. For most homeowners, the most important reason to get a house sitter is to know their pets are in good hands, as well as knowing their house is protected against burglary or damage. Usually your main tasks will revolve around looking after pets; feeding them, going for a walk, cleaning out litter boxes and spending time with them. You may also be asked to do things such as water plants and empty the mailbox. In return, you stay in their house without paying rent and can explore the local area. It is a win-win situation.

How to find a House Sitting job in Australia


On Facebook there are a few different ways to get house sitter jobs:

  • You can write a post in local groups called “Community Board“, “Community Notice” or “Swap and Sell“. These are typical groups where communities post and try to help each other out.
  • You could also post in the pet groups of your city, such as “Sydney Dogs” or “Dog Parks Melbourne“, to specifically target pet owners who may need some help during their holidays.

There are also House sitting pages on Facebook, on which you can post your ad.

Tip: Always follow the rules of Facebook groups and clarify with the administrators if you are allowed to post your ad in case of doubt.

House sitting websites

There are several reputable websites where you can register as a house sitter. Trusted House Sitters is an international portal and the most expensive website but also the most promising. Trusted House sitters support is outstanding and they publish requests hourly. Other platforms include Aussie House Sitters, Mind a Home Australia and Happy House Sitters.

Create a Strong Profile: Your profile should highlight your reliability, any previous house sitting experience, and your ability to handle various responsibilities, such as pet care and garden maintenance. You need a meaningful profile that directly appeals to the homeowner. Your profile should show that you’re trustworthy, reliable, and animal-loving.

Get References and Background Checks: References from previous house sitting jobs or even from employers can boost your profile. Some platforms may require or offer the option for a police check.

Communicate Effectively: When applying for sitting positions, personalize your messages to homeowners. Show that you have read their listing details thoroughly and explain why you would be the perfect sitter for their needs.


    On Gumtree, you can get a house and pet sitter job by posting your own ad or by browsing through the house sitting ads and contacting the homeowners. Especially during Christmas, Easter or school holidays, house sitters are in demand.

    Where to find House sitting opportunities

    House sitting opportunities are available across Australia, from major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, to rural areas and coastal towns. Depending on your preferences, you could enjoy a stay near the beach, in the bush, or in a bustling urban area.

    House sitting: the process

    After you have successfully landed a house sitting job, the next step is meeting the owner in person as, although you have probably chatted online, you will need to get lots of information from them. This meeting can either be a few days prior or immediately before the owner’s departure, depending on location and both of your availabilities. The owner will then be able to give you the house keys and give you all the necessary information about the house and the animals and what they expect from you.

    Be sure to complete the tasks assigned to you to the fullest satisfaction of the owners. Your goal is to get excellent ratings after completing the house sit so that you will get more jobs in the future. Some of the bespoke house sitting sites mentioned above use these ratings and reviews to build trust in sitters.

    The pros and cons of house sitting

    The advantages of house sitting are obvious: you live rent-free in an exciting new place and save money to put towards your other activities. House sitting allows you to explore various locations for different durations, providing flexibility in your travel plans. You can look specifically for jobs in areas you have long wanted to visit. With a bit of luck you may even be staying somewhere with a swimming pool, but in general the huge choice of places where people are in need of a house sitter is a pro in itself. You also get to spend time with animals and get to know some of the locals (for example, when taking the dog to the park or beach).

    However, some may also see some cons to this arrangement. As a house sitter, you are not simply visiting a new area on your own agenda, you are responsible for the house and pets. This can be limiting in the sense that going on a day trip to explore the city or the region is okay, but you can’t go away for a few days and neglect the house and animals. It can also feel strange living in someone else’s house or environment, having to entertain pets you don’t know as well as you may know your own.

    Frequently Asked Questions About House Sitting in Australia

    Is there a fee to join house sitting websites?

    Most reputable sites charge a small membership fee, which helps maintain the quality and security of the listings and interactions. But you can easily find offers without paying (i.e on Facebook).

    What are typical house sitter responsibilities?

    Responsibilities can vary but usually include pet care, maintaining the garden, keeping the house clean, and sometimes performing minor maintenance tasks.

    How safe is house sitting?

    House sitting is generally safe, particularly if you use reputable platforms that vet their users. Always communicate clearly with homeowners and agree on all terms before committing.

    Can I work while house sitting?

    Yes, many house sitters work remotely or have flexible schedules, making it possible to balance work commitments with house sitting responsibilities.

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