Potential Career Outcomes
Some potential occupations include:
- Chefs (ANZSCO 351311): currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL)
- Cooks (ANZSCO 351411): currently on Short-term Skilled occupational list (STSOL)
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
- 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)
Some related courses include:
- Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Duration: 40 -78 weeks
Cost: $7000 – $26,000
Locations: Most cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Alice Spring, Adelaide, Cairns
- Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Duration: 21-104 weeks
Cost: $6300 – $37,870
Locations: Most cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Adelaide
- Diploma of Hospitality Management
Duration: 22- 129 weeks
Cost: $5150 – $44,170
Locations: Most cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Broome, Cairns, Hobart, Perth, Brisbane