Registered Migration Australia


ANZSCO 351311 - Registered Migration Australia


A chef plans and organises the preparation and cooking of food in a dining or catering establishment. In Australia a chef is a Skill Level 2 occupation.



Chef Specialisations


  • Chef de Partie
  • Commis Chef
  • Demi Chef
  • Second Chef
  • Sous Chef



Chef Occupation Lists
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Group: 3513 Chefs



Chef job description - Registered Migration Australia


The job of a chef in Australia is to plan and organise the preparation and cooking of food in dining and catering establishments. 


Note: Cooks, Fast Food Cooks and Kitchenhands are excluded from this unit group. Cooks are included in Unit Group 3514 Cooks. Fast Food Cooks and Kitchenhands are included in Minor Group 851 Food Preparation Assistants.



  • planning menus, estimating food and labour costs, and ordering food supplies
  • monitoring quality of dishes at all stages of preparation and presentation
  • discussing food preparation issues with Managers, Dietitians and kitchen and waiting staff
  • demonstrating techniques and advising on cooking procedures
  • preparing and cooking food
  • explaining and enforcing hygiene regulations
  • may select and train staff
  • may freeze and preserve foods


Skill Level

Most occupations in the Chef unit group (Group: 3513) have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below. 


In Australia: 
AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2) 

In New Zealand: 
NZ Register Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2) 

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. The number of job openings for Chefs going forward is expected to be high.


Occupations within the Chef Group


  • 351311 Chef


Chef English Requirement


  • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;
  • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);
  • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


  • Australian Graduate Exceptions apply in some states/territories
  • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories
  • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland


Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



Assessment Authority


  • A Chef is currently assessed with TRA - (Trades Recognition Australia); more information regarding assessment bodies


Visa Caveat



Caveat 7:

The position is involved in mass production in a factory setting.


Caveat 8:

The position is in a limited service restaurant.


Average Income

The average salary for a Chef in Australia is $ 52,668 for male employees and $ 48,953 for female employees per year. Average Age: Males: 37.8 Females: 37.3 Persons: 37.7


Source: (Group 3513) Chefs - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016



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