Study Commercial Cookery

Potential Career Outcomes

Some potential occupations include:

Course overview

This industry is booming due to the ‘foodie’ culture in Australia. Employment levels in 2018 was 914,100 and it is expected to increase further by 2023. In addition, if you are a qualified chef, you may be able to apply for a permanent resident visa in Australia as chef is listed in the medium and long-term strategies skills list.

To be a chef, you can choose to a study a variety of courses on offer in Australia. In the course you can learn different skills, including but not limited to the following:

  • Asian Cookery
  • Client and Customer Service
  • Commercial Cookery and Catering
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Dessert Making
  • Menu planning
Graduate Outcomes
  • On average a chef in Australia earns $1250 per week, and a cook earns $1,068 per week.
  • Over the next five years, it is expected that there will be an additional 81,000 job openings over 5 years. The future growth for both occupations are strong.
  • 72% of chef and cooks works full-time which is higher than the average across Australia.
  • Chef and cook spend around 43 – 46 hours per week at work
  • Age: the average age is 35. Many workers are under 25 years old.
  • Gender: 54% of cooks are female, while the figure for chef is 25%.
Common Course Requirements
  • Completion of secondary education
  • Meet English proficiency (Usually at least IELTS 5.5 overall)
Related Courses

Some related courses include:

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
    Duration: 40 -78 weeks
    Intake: Monthly
    Cost: $7000 – $26,000
    Locations: Most cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Alice Spring, Adelaide, Cairns
  • Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
    Duration: 21-104 weeks
    Intake: Monthly
    Cost: $6300 – $37,870
    Locations: Most cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Adelaide
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management

Duration: 22- 129 weeks

Intake: Monthly

Cost: $5150 – $44,170

Locations: Most cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Broome, Cairns, Hobart, Perth, Brisbane


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