Are you a chef interested in working and residing in Australia? Here’s how:

Australia’s dynamic food culture has led to a growing demand for diverse cuisines and restaurants. However, due to Covid-19, there’s a shortage of chefs in Australia. To address this, the Australian government has prioritized ‘Chefs’ in skilled migration.


If you aspire to study, work, and live in Australia as a chef, this article is for you.


Demand for occupation in Australia:

Australia’s renowned food scene, featuring high-quality restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars, has gained global recognition. This has propelled the growth of the hospitality industry, projected to require a significant number of additional workers in the next five years and added the ‘Chef’ profession to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).


Requirements to become a professional chef:


  • Minimum IELTS score of 5 overall with no band less than 5
  • Completion of at least Year 11 schooling or equivalent


Pathway to Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia:


Enroll in Cert III in Commercial Cookery:

Duration: 1 year


Enroll in Cert IV in Commercial Cookery (after Cert III):

Duration: 6 months


Note: Some colleges may require enrolment in Cert IV directly.


Additional options:


  • Diploma of Hospitality Management (Commercial Cookery Pathway)
  • Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) assessment for working as a chef in Australia


Apply for Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485):



Completion of a CRICOS-registered course

IELTS score of at least 6 overall with no module below 5

Nominated occupation listed under MLTSSL


Duration: 18 months


Enhance PR pathways with the Job Ready Program (JRP):


On completion of the 4-step JRP program:


Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)

Job Ready Employment (JRE)

Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)

Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)


You can obtain a full skills assessment and consider applying for an Australian PR visa. Consult with a migration agent or immigration lawyer for professional guidance on the PR visa application process.


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