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ANZSCO 351411 - Registered Migration Australia


A cook prepares, seasons and cooks food in a dining or catering establishment. Cook in Australia is classified as a Skill Level 3 occupation.



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Group: 3514 Cooks





Job Description - Registered Migration Australia


The job of a cook in Australia is to prepare, season and cook food in dining and catering establishments. 


Note: Chefs, Fast Food Cooks and Kitchen hands are excluded from this unit group. Chefs are included in Unit Group 3513 Chefs. Fast Food Cooks and Kitchen hands are included in Minor Group 851 Food Preparation Assistants.




  • examining foodstuffs to ensure quality
  • regulating temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment
  • preparing and cooking food
  • seasoning food during cooking
  • portioning food, placing it on plates, and adding gravies, sauces and garnishes
  • storing food in temperature controlled facilities
  • preparing food to meet special dietary requirements
  • may plan menus and estimate food requirements
  • may train other kitchen staff and apprentices



Skill Level

Most occupations in the cook unit group (Group 3514) have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below. 


In Australia: 
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3) 

In New Zealand: 
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3) 

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.



Occupations within the Cook Group


  • 351411 Cook



English Requirement for a Cook 


  • 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


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


Visa Caveats


  • The following caveats apply to the Subclass 457 visa or ENS (Subclass 186) Direct Entry Stream application:


    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 Cook in Australia is $ 40,229 for male employees and $ 38,152 for female employees per year. Average Age: Males: 33.9 Females: 42.9 Persons: 38.1


Source: (Group 3514) Cooks - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016




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