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Is there a better time to join the hospitality workforce in Australia?

Its time Australia's food-loving city, Sydney, gets back on its feet

"At present, there are around 95,000 hospitality vacancies unfilled across the nation", says Suzee Brain of Brain & Poulter food consultancy. " That's enough to fill every seat at the Sydney Cricket Ground twice over and equates to every cafe, restaurant, and takeaway in Australia being short about 1.5 staff...".

If there's ever a time to migrate to Australia for better professional opportunities - It's now!

Why? Here are three main reasons for a hospitality aspirant:

#1: Chefs are currently in high demand

Chefs have a high proportion of full-time jobs (72%). There's a growing demand for chefs in different regions in Australia. By 2024, it's estimated that there will be more than 117,000 chefs in Australia; this is a projected growth of 15% from 2019 (101,000)! Presently the "chef" occupation is on Australia's Immigration and Border Protection Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Qualified and experienced chefs from overseas are in high demand which increases the chances of finding an employer wishing to sponsor a work visa.

#2: High-paying jobs for internationals

Looking more closely at salaries across Australia at the start of this year (2022), the average chef salary in Australia is $61,907 per year or $31.75 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $56,000 per year, while more experienced mid-career chefs make up to $82,528 per year. *Based on 1540 salaries polled.

#3: Hospitality in Australia is an evergreen industry!

Considering Australia’s swanky restaurants and the vibrant culinary scene there is always a demand for hospitality professionals. The hospitality industry in Australia is highly competitive and multi-cultural; thus there are plenty of growth opportunities for promising, new chefs.

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Get Qualified, Get Certified, Get Employed with Quality College of Australia

Quality College of Australia (QCA) has been a leading provider in delivering hospitality training across Australia for almost 30 years. QCA’s industry expert staff have designed their training to empower individuals with the necessary skills to become leaders in the field.

To be eligible to work in Australia, you need a qualification equivalent to Certificate IV in Commercial Cooking, which enables you to become a senior chef or a Chef de partie in five-star hotels, restaurants, etc.

Quality College of Australia provides you the opportunity to Gain three certificates over two years!

  • SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

  • SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

  • SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management

Job-Ready Skills with Quality College of Australia: Packages 2 and 3

Become Qualified & Certified to work in Australia!

  • Campuses in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia

  • Theoretical and practical-based learning to make students industry-ready.

  • Experience practical training in state-of-the-art commercial kitchens

  • Training restaurants and bars: The Adelaide Zoo Fig Tree Function Centre, The Adelaide Showgrounds Kitchen, Chefs Academy Sydney

  • Pathway to work in organizations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, and coffee shops, or to run a small business in these sectors.

  • Classes are scheduled 3 days per week

  • Work Part-time 40 hours per week

  • Industrial Internship (440 hours)

  • Scholarship Opportunities

  • Get a Temporary Graduate Visa (SC485) after graduation. This is an 18-months work visa to enable students to find employment


Career Paths

  • Executive Chef

  • Executive Housekeeper

  • Executive Sous Chef

  • Head Chef

  • Operations Manager

  • Cafe Manager

  • Food and Beverage Manager

  • Rooms Division Manager

  • Hotel and Restaurant Owner


Will similar professional opportunities be available for chefs in the future?

Perhaps - perhaps, not. An individual needs certain qualifications and local culinary work experience in Australia. If the current demand for chefs is fulfilled in the near future, as predicted by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, the demand for chefs might not be as high - and the same opportunities might not remain for chefs whose occupations are currently listed in SOL (Skilled Occupations List) for Permanent Residency in Australia.


Say hello to a bright career!

If you are an aspiring chef or hospitality expert - consider Australia as the land of opportunities for you. Kickstart your career in the global hub of luxury food and wine.

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