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Cook or Chef?

Since the first changes to the occupation lists and the subsequent revision on 1 July 2017, Cook only appears on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) while Chef is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

There are also further caveats for these occupations.

The occupation will impact permanent residency options in the future.

What is the difference between Cook and Chef?


Chef is an ANZSCO skill level 2 occupation that requires a diploma or higher qualification, or at least 3 years of work experience as a chef.

Cook is an ANZSCO skill level 3 occupation that requires an AQF Certificate IV or an AQF Certificate III including 2 years of on-the-job training, or 3 years of work experience as a cook.

Nature of work

Chef is a leadership position in a dining establishment that involves managerial tasks, such as planning menus, monitoring the quality of dishes, preparing and cooking food, and advising on cooking procedures.

Cook is less likely to operate independently in planning menus and sourcing produce, and is expected to spend the majority of their time preparing food on a daily basis.

The above is a brief summary of the occupations Cook and Chef. For a detailed and personalised assessment of your circumstance please contact one of our experienced migration agents.


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