Working as a Chef in Australia

A Chef in Australia

Chefs and cooks are in demand in Australia. Many of the restaurants around Australia employ many foreigners as chefs. These chefs can be on all sorts of visas from student visas, employer sponsored visas, working holiday visas and general skilled migration visas. To work as a chef in Australia there are certain requirements that you must meet.

To work as a qualified chef in Australia you will usually need to have a Cert IV in Commercial Cookery (or international equivalent qualification). You can however, study here in Australia as an international student.

The courses available are:

  • Certificate III & IV in Commercial Cookery
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management

There is a lot of work for skilled and qualified chefs in Australia.

Unlike several other trades, there’s currently no licensing required to work as a chef in Australia. Many chefs work their way up working different roles in a kitchen. Starting as a cook assisting with simple dishes, moving up to different level chefs.

If you’re interested in studying commercial cookery you’ll find the information from the Commercial Cookery course details page and you can also watch some interviews with our students.


Why become a Chef?

Courses available in multiple cities

Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth.

Relatively short courses

It takes between 12-24 months to become a qualified as a Chef in Australia

Chefs are in demand

Chefs have a high proportion of full-time jobs (72%)

High paying jobs

A qualified chef earns $1,250 a week, on average