I agree re the tax, but if you put it that way she is also not receiving superannuation, loading etc. If I do work for DP (on the books) it's not even worth doing for less than say $40 per hour because I could be receiving much greater entitlements doing more hours at my regular employment.
Personally, I would raise it to $200 if you feel she is a good carer for your children. I was asked to drop my friend's daughter to school daily for $50 per fortnight and everyone jumped on me and said I should because "you don't have to do anything"... caring for other's children to me is much more than just playing, I am in charge of their safety for a period of the day and it is taking away from my family and/or leisure time. If it's "not doing much" then I take back what I said about SAHM being a hard job.
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I think the amount you are paying is fine. It's cash in hand, she's not paying tax, and whilst she does have a lot of responsibility looking after someone elses children, it also seems like a very relaxed comfortable job and that you appreciate her.
I think the $150 is fine, but when you can afford to give her the $200 I would, because what she's doing is pretty awesome. Even if it is nice and easy, it's still pretty cool.
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