Chef Skills Assessment Australia

If you are a Chef moving to Australia, you will need to complete the mandatory Chef skills assessment which is required for your visa for Australia. Chef ANZSCO Code is 351311.

On completion of the Chef skills assessment you will be issued with your Australian Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery. This will be invaluable for employment once you arrive in Australia.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for Chefs emigrating to Australia.

If you would like to see if you are eligible for a Skilled Visa, complete our free visa points calculator and our Migration Consultants will be happy to advise on your options. You can also call us on 0203 376 1555 to speak with Wes Zandt who can discuss the Chef skills assessment with you.

Process for Chef Skills Assessment Australia

2. Documentary Assessment for Chef skills assessment Australia $1,280

This is where you will need to provide as much information and documentary evidence as you can of your previous work experience as a Chef.

  • If you hold trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 3 years’ work experience.
  • If you don’t have trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 5 years’ work experience.

You will also need to prove that you have worked as a Chef for a minimum of 12 months out of the last 36 months.

There will be a list of mandatory documentation that you must provide and a list of useful documentation that you could include in your application. You will also need to supply contact details of one or two work referees who can confirm your skills in the industry.

Down Under Centre Agency Service £550 + VAT

The Down Under Centre can provide you with an agency service to assist you with the gathering of your documentation for your Australian qualification, as it is considered to be the most difficult stage of your visa application. It pays to make sure you gather the year’s evidence required for your visa application.

3. Technical Interview for Chef skills assessment Australia $2,000

An assessor will review the information and evidence you have provided and begin to match your skills to the units/subjects for the Chef Australian qualification.

A Technical Interview with the assessor will be arranged to discuss and identify your previous experience as a Chef. You will be required to answer industry related questions to confirm and identify your current skills.

The Technical interviews will be held at the Down Under Centre’s London office, 48 Haven Green, Ealing W5 2NX.

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Free Australia Visa Points Calculator

Complete our Australian visa points calculator to check your eligibility to immigrate to Australia as a Chef.

Chefs in Australia

Chefs plan and organise the preparation and cooking of food in dining and catering establishments. Chefs and Cooks are different occupations with different tasks so you need to make sure you are getting the correct Australian qualification. These tasks include; selecting and training staff, preserving and freezing food, planning menus, ordering food supplies and more. Chef = Chief!

Chef jobs in Australia

People who work in the Catering industry could be earning up to $61,000 p/a in Australia! The DUC Employment Hub is a tool that connects migrants to employers in Australia as well as providing you with a relocation hub to make your journey to Australia smoother.

Posted jobs for Chefs in Australia via DUC Employment Hub:


Location: Western Australia
Located in the beautiful Western Australian South West, this employer is looking for an Experienced Chef. They are a fast paced seafood restaurant that specialises in only the freshest local quality seafood with a modern Asian twist. A good knowledge in processing and utilising fresh seafood straight off the boats and from local fisherman is a plus. Full time available.


Location: South Australia
Salary: $50,000 – $55,000
You will be a Qualified Chef to prepare food for guests visiting this beautiful part of Mount Gambier. This opportunity suits a chef experienced in working with Australian produce and using their cooking skills to create original and native dishes. The position is for 38 hours a week full time but over time is also available. To be considered for this fantastic opportunity you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
• Qualified as a Chef or, an experienced Cook with relevant cuisine experience.
• Able to prepare a range of dishes to restaurant presentation.
• Possess team spirit to support the head chef and the business whilst focusing on the needs of the customer.
• Enjoy working in a tropical environment
• Reliable and dependable
• Fit and healthy

Chefs emigrating to Australia FAQs

Think of the Chef skills assessment as a 2 stage approach. You need to prove to the assessor you have the necessary skills as a Chef.

The first stage is paper based, proving you are a Chef though payslips, detailed CV, references, videos, photos, qualifications. This is called the documentary assessment for the Chef skills assessment.

The second stage is a technical interview with an Australian qualified Chef and is also a qualified trainer and assessor. This is a relaxed chat over Skype or Zoom where you have a one to one with our Australian Chef Assessors.  

No, its not mandatory. If you completed an apprenticeship as a Chef, then you are required to show 3 years of paid work experience pre or post qualification. If you are from the UK and hold an NVQ3 as a Chef, you would require the 3 years work experience as a Chef.

If you do not hold an NVQ3 as a Chef, then you are required to have a minimum of 5 years paid work experience as a Chef.

The costs of the Chef skills assessment is dictated by TRA (Trades Recognition Australia). You pay them directly and they have chosen RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) that deliver the Chef skills assessment for Australian skilled migration.

Documentary Assessment for Chef skills assessment is $1280.

Technical Interview for Chef skills assessment is $2000.

A skills assessment is required so you, the migrant, can apply for an Australian visa. This is the way Australian Immigration can gauge if you are in fact a Chef under the Australian guidelines.

Many people want to move to Australia as a Chef and without a skills assessment delivered by an approved assessing body, Australian immigration have no way in checking a migrant has the necessary skills.

To emigrate to Australia as a Chef you will need to complete the Chef skills assessment for a skilled visa.

Australian Trade Training College (ATTC) is an approved TRA assessing body who can deliver the Chef skills assessment. They have an office in the Down Under Centre and can be contacted on 0203 780 2437.

The DUC collaborates with Australian Trade Training College (ATTC) to deliver the Chef skills assessment for migration to Australia. We know exactly what is required and offer an Agency service to assist with that skills assessment. The DUC Agency Fee is £550 + VAT.

What’s included in that Agency Fee?

You will receive a unique login to the DUC Client Portal which explains everything you need to provide, giving templates and precise details on what to gather and how to gather it. For many this is the hardest part of the process but is key to a successful application; we know what is required because the DUC Skills Team work closely with the assessing body. We have been part of the Chef skills assessment process for 8+ years. The DUC Skills Team will lodge your application and liaise with the assessing body.

Telephone assistance Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm – and even out-of-hours by arrangement. We have staff specifically dedicated to working with Chefs, so you’ll always be working with the same person. 

As a DUC client you also have access to our exclusive Facebook Group where you can get expert help from other DUC Chefs who can give you an insight into the content of the technical interview.  You can chat with other DUC clients, who may be at different stages of the process, for their guidance on the English test, skills process and the practicalities of moving to Australia.  The DUC Visa Team post relevant updates as they happen.

We will also provide information on the various English tests available, the various scoring systems and even provide a 10% discount code for the PTE Pearson Academic test.

You, will receive FREE access to the DUC Employment Hub (and your partner, if applicable) – a tool that connects migrants to employers and provides invaluable assistance with your relocation.  You will receive a 1-hour consultation with a relocation expert who has migrated themselves. This consultation will introduce you to our service provider partners who can save you money on your move. See how the DUC EH works.

The Down Under Centre work very close with the assessing body for Chef skills assessment. We are very proud to be working with a TRA skills assessment provider, and we have many years’ experience with clients and have the correct software and plenty of staff to hold your hand throughout the Chef skills assessment.

Migrating to Australia as a Chef has its challenges and you the migrant will have plenty of questions. We will know the answers and be available through working hours to answer any of your questions.

Your TRA Australian Chef skills assessment is valid for 3 years from the date the skills assessment was issued. This means that you need to have your invitation to apply for the visa within 3 years of your skills assessment completion.

Your Australian certificate IV in commercial cookery has no expiry date.

In Australia, Chef = Chief! A Chef in Australia must be able to demonstrate a broad range of kitchen management skills and experience, in addition to cooking skills. This includes people management (e.g. rotas, coaching, training & development, handling conflict), finance management (budgeting, costings, stock control) as well as daily operational management including overseeing Food Hygiene standards and Health & Safety. Read more on Chef skills assessment Australia.

If your roles have not included these management tasks in depth, you will likely be advised to complete the Cook skills assessment. Any questions please make contact with the Down Under Centre.

Getting a Chef job in Australia isn’t too hard for Chefs. Australia has lots of pubs, restaurants and holiday destinations that require great Chefs.

Our busy cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth are always on the look out for skilled Chefs to work in Australia. We also have a need for Chefs in rural areas of Australia and mining towns are always on the lookout for a skilled Chef to work in Australia.

The Down Under Centre works with many Australian Chef employers who take on our English speaking skilled migrants. The employers have no hesitation taking on our Australian qualified Chefs moving to Australia by using our DUC Employment Hub. Our employment hub will also teach you how to prepare for your move to Australia as a Chef. You will also receive a skype chat with one of our relocation team.

At successful completion of your Australian Chef skills assessment, you will receive your TRA skills assessment required for a skilled visa to Australia and you will also receive your Australian certificate IV in commercial cookery

If you are a Chef looking to migrate to Australia, you need to be between 18 and 45 years old. However at age 18, Chefs will not have yet achieved the necessary qualifications and experience to prove their competence.

Chefs between the ages of 25-32 years old generate the maximum points for age towards their visa application. Complete our free visa points calculator to confirm your points.

If you are under 31 years old you can look into Working Holiday Visas Australia.

Yes, you can. First, complete our free visa points calculator. We’ll contact you to determine your eligibility for migrating to Australia and explain the Australian visa process. We have clients all over the world and the tools to get you to Australia as a Chef.

With a passport from the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA or New Zealand you automatically add 5 points to your partner’s Australian visa application.

If you completed the Chef skills assessment for Australia (and are under 45 years of age) this would add 10 points. You would also benefit from the Chef certificate IV in commercial cookery which will benefit when applying for a job as a Chef in Australia.

Applying for a Chef skills assessment to migrate to Australia does not necessarily require a qualification; this is dependent upon the country of your passport. 

The Down Under Centre has access to Australia’s Country Education Profiles and can confirm if your qualifications will be recognised so you can complete your skills assessment as a Chef and obtain a visa to work in Australia as a Chef.

If you don’t hold any qualifications you can still move forward with your Australian skills assessment if you can provide 5 years of paid work experience.

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