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Open Days & Info Sessions

iWorkinSport Education Virtual Expo

6 April - 8 April 2021


The iWorkinSport Education Virtual Expo is the first-ever digital admissions fair for top sport management programmes, which delivers many of the benefits of traditional MBA fairs – and much more – without the inconvenience and prohibitive costs of attending in person.

The first-of-its-kind digital event is designed to allow all interested in pursuing or boosting a career in sport to digitally connect and interact with some of the best sports management programmes in the world.

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iCanMed | Free UCAT 2021 Webinar: Final 90-Day Study Plan to Complete UCAT Prep

6 April 2021, 1:00 pm


At the time of this workshop, you will have approximately 90 days until you sit one of the most significant tests of your life: the UCAT. So, how do you make sure that your preparation will help you to perform well on the big day? And if your preparation isn't up to scratch, how do you fix it in time for the test?

This iCanMed webinar will show you exactly what you should be doing (and when) to manage your time well and put your best foot forward on the day of the exam, plus identify any existing weaknesses in your study approach before it is too late.

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ADF | Army Information Systems Technician Virtual Information Session

7 April 2021, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


As an Information Systems Technician you'll be trained throughout your career to carry out a range of duties, including:

  • Installing and configuring computer systems as needed by military personnel
  • Providing technical support on base and out in the field
  • Identifying and remediating software and hardware issues, plus analysing software performance
  • And much, much more.

Discover whether a technical career in the Army is your kind of challenge at the upcoming virtual info session.

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Screenworks Gender Matters Webinars

22 April 2021, 9:00 am - 20 May 2021, 12:00 pm


Screenworks, in collaboration with Screen Australia and the Gender Matters Taskforce, is excited to be hosting a series of five webinars covering a cross-section of the screen sector – screenwriting, directing, producing, documentary filmmaking and Heads of Department/crew roles and will showcase women working across the Australian screen sector.

The webinars are aimed at early-career female and gender diverse practitioners, especially those who are regionally-based and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who are keen to connect with women from across Australia.

The webinars will feature producers, directors, screenwriters, documentary filmmakers and HOD/crew who work in many different genres across TV, features and online. They will discuss their roles, career pathways into the industry and how the methods of content creation differ across the various genres and formats. Registered attendees will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the speakers and ask questions during the sessions.

Registration is open for the following webinars:

  • Producing – Thursday 22 April
  • Directing – Thursday 29 April
  • Screenwriting – Thursday 6 May
  • Documentary – Thursday 13 May
  • HOD/Crew – Thursday 20 May

Registrations close Friday 2 April.

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SPE Virtual Career Pathways Fair

27 April 2021, 5:00 pm - 29 April 2021, 4:00 am


The Society of Petroleum Engineers' Virtual Career Pathways Fair (VCPF) gives students and young professionals an opportunity to network and meet with other Oil and Gas Professionals from all over the world. Attendees will have the chance to take part in quick-fire mentoring sessions to talk about the future of specific job roles.

VCPF also has a series of keynote presentations, industry updates, and soft skill training aimed at getting students and young professionals ready for their next job in the industry.

This event runs over three days from 27–29 April and will have both live and recorded sessions at different times globally. Live features include one-to-one chats with professional members as well as live webinars and discussion forums.

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QUT | STEM Subject Selection Info Session

12 May 2021, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

QUT, Kelvin Grove Campus

Are you in Year 9 or 10 and thinking about what subjects to take in senior high school? Your STEM future starts here! The Young Accelerators STEM Subject Selection event is specifically designed for to help you make informed decisions about your future study and career options in STEM.

Hear from QUT experts and current university students about the exciting study and career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Each session will introduce:

  • degree options including double degree programs
  • pathways to exciting STEM careers
  • opportunities for exchanges, work experience, scholarships
  • career planning tips and STEM jobs of the future
  • guidance about choosing subjects and preparing for uni

Current STEM Student Ambassadors will also be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions.

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TAFE QLD | Aviation Open Day

5 June 2021, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Aviation Australia, Eagle Farm

If you're interested in a career in aviation, considering a change in career, or are a high school student or graduate looking for study options, come along to our information sessions.

It's a great chance to tour our world-class Technical Training Centre which has a comprehensive range of aircraft, as well as chat to our staff about course options and what it's like to work in aviation as an aircraft maintenance engineer.

We will be providing information and the opportunity to discuss all of our course offerings.

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Australian Virtual Careers Expo 2021

18 July 2021, 9:00 am - 19 July 2021, 5:00 pm


Welcome to the Australian Virtual Careers Expo! Boasting exhibitors from all over Australia including 7 of the 8 'Group of Eight' universities, TAFE and training colleges, study and career advisers, employers, apprenticeship and traineeship providers, international exchange and gap year programs, this virtual event will be an online version of our live events with opportunities for one-on-one conversations with exhibitors, a high-quality seminar program with seminars on the ATAR, course, career and study advice and much more!

In addition to our live events, the Australian Virtual Careers Expo 2021 offers years 10, 11 and 12 students, their parents and teachers exclusive access to a variety of higher education, training, apprenticeship and employment information from all over Australia, specifically targeted to them.

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Workshops & Courses

Beautiful Minds | Teen Girl Workshop

6 April 2021, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Wonderdome, Sunshine Coast

Beautiful Minds' one day workshop is for teen girls aged 13 – 17. It will help you discover who you are through life skills, fun and inspiration. The workshop focuses on self-esteem and confidence, something all teenage girls need. All content has been created by recommended psychologist and experts.

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QSFT | School Holiday Junior Filmmakers Bootcamp

16 April 2021, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Queensland School of Film & Television

QSFT's Junior School Holiday Filmmaking Bootcamp is designed for high school students between years 7 – 9.

Within a fun and creative environment, participants will gain an understanding of filming and editing techniques. Bootcampers will collaborate in a short film shoot.

Lead by an industry professional, this one-day workshop is perfect for those who want to explore what it is like to be a part of a film crew.

Topics to cover:

  • Script Breakdown
  • Camera & Lighting
  • Scene Setup
  • Production Shoot
  • Basic Editing Techniques

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UQ | Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST)

27 June 2021, 2:00 pm - 30 June 2021, 2:00 pm

The University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

FEAST is a 4-day residential program that inspires Year 11 and 12 students to pursue study in agriculture, animal and plant science.

You'll explore agriculture, animal and plant science at our Gatton campus and test drive what it's like to be a UQ student by taking part in hands-on workshops run by current students and staff.

During the day you'll explore some of the biggest challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife. In the evenings you'll get a taste of life at UQ's Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities.

Applications close 19 April 2021.

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USQ | McGregor Winter Arts Retreat

28 June 2021, 9:00 am - 2 July 2021, 4:30 pm

University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba Campus

Retreat from the chilly outdoors this winter and join us in the warm studios of the McGregor Winter Retreat!

Immerse yourself in creating with workshops across all levels and many mediums – taught by talented and acclaimed art tutors from around Australia.

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RSPCA Pet Insurance Future Animal Carer's Grant

Value: $5,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: February 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021

RSPCA aims to provide support to people who are interested in getting into roles which are related to Veterinary Medicine, Animal Care and Animal Sciences by providing the RSPCA Pet Insurance Future Animal Carer's Grant.

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WWDA LEAD Scholarships

Value: Up to $2,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: March 24, 2021 – April 16, 2021

The WWDA LEAD scholarships will be open to existing and new WWDA members who can apply for a range of leadership and/or training courses that will help develop leadership skills and provide further opportunities to be involved with WWDA.

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Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Entries to the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are now open for 2021.

Students in all years from kindergarten to year 12 can enter.

This year the theme is "Rich and Rare."

Entries are open until Wednesday 30 June.

Find out more and enter here:


2021 National Capital Art Prize

The National Capital Art Prize will be held annually with Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia over 18 years of age invited to submit up to four paintings in any of the four categories (Open, First Nations, Landscape and Student).

The submitted artwork:

  • Must be a painting
  • Must be available for sale
  • Can be of any subject (such as a portrait, landscape, abstract or any subject matter)
  • Can be painted in any medium (such as oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, pencil)
  • Must not exceed the size limit of 150x150cm

Entries open on Tuesday 30 March and close Thursday 1 July.

Find out more and enter here:



On International Women's day this year, WWDA launched our WWDA LEAD Art Prize. We want to encourage our community of women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people to submit their artwork on the theme 'We can all be leaders' in a variety of accessible and creative formats.

The WWDA LEAD Art Prize is open to all women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people with disability 15 years and older in Australia.

WWDA will accept all visual artistic mediums, including paintings, drawings, collages, craft, sculptures, photograph and videos.

Entries are open until Friday 23 July.

Find out more and enter here:


Future You Competition

How would you change the world with Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths?

Upload your drawing and tell us in 50 words or less about the STEM job you would have and how you would change the world!

The two most inventive and exciting entries will win a STEM prize pack and have their character featured on the Future You website.

The competition is open to Australian residents aged 8-12 years. Entries close Sunday 11 April.

Find out more and enter here:


Careers & Jobs

Agriculture in Australia with NT Farmers

A snapshot of Agriculture in Australia

Agricultural Production is a growing industry in Australia. It accounts for:

  • 55% of Australian land use (427 million hectares, excluding timber production in December 2020)
  • 25% of water extractions (3,113 gigalitres used by agriculture in 2018–19);
  • 11% of goods and services exports in 2019–20;
  • 1.9% of value added (GDP) and 2.6% of employment in 2019–20 (Figure 1).


Here in Australia, the type and level of agricultural activity is usually determined by physical factors including:

  • climate,
  • water availability,
  • soil type and
  • proximity to markets.

Livestock grazing is widespread and occurs across most of Australia, cropping and horticulture are generally more concentrated in locations that are closer to the coasts.

In the Northern Territory cattle make up the largest sector of the agricultural industry. Other important commodities in the region include mangoes and hay (Source: ABS), as well as nursery and turf, field crops and fodder, tropical exotic fruits, forestry, vegetables, melons, grapes, and other crops (Source: NT Farmers).

Employment in Agriculture

Employment figures in Australia are falling with the advances in mechanisation and technology, but labour will always be an important part of farming and there are lots of jobs that only people can do.

In 2018-2019 on average 326,000 workers were employed in the Agricultural industry in Australia, including full-time, part-time, casual and contract workers (Source: ABARES).

Broadacre farms employed the highest number of workers, followed by fruit, grape and nut farms, vegetable farms and dairy farms (Martin, Randall & Jackson 2020).

An interview with NT Farmers

We spoke with Aisla at NT Farmers who generously provided us with some details about what farming in Australia, specifically plant farming in the NT looks like.

You can read the full interview here.

If you'd love a career in Agriculture and think that the Northern Territory would be a great place to work, you could connect with NT Farmers for more information, read more about their career pathways and scholarships or check out their employment programs.

Or have a quick read of our Farmer job spotlight for more information.

What does a career in Workforce Planning and Development involve?

We had a chat with Aisla from NT Farmers this week, talking about Agriculture in the NT, some of the careers available, as well as duties, qualifications required and some of the pathways into the industry, and more.  You can read the full article here.

We also spoke about her own role within the NT Farmers organisation, and this is what she had to say:

"My role as NT Farmers has evolved from Workforce Planning to Workforce Development. The Plant Industries Workforce Development Plan 2020-2025 outlines the industry requirements and recommendations to meet these.

The diverse tasks include:

  • supporting growers to access various employment programs including accessing international workers (including during COVID-19 restrictions!)
  • promoting the industry to potential employees
  • trialling programs within the career pathway such as pre-employment programs
  • engaging with stakeholders to inform of the current growth of the NT plant industries and the support available to those within it.

I have attended career expos, school assemblies and held online and in person events for our NT Young Farmers group.

I have hosted international exchange students and Ambassadors from Timor Leste and Vanuatu.

I also am on the National Farmers Federation, Horticulture Council, Workforce Committee.

This year NT Farmers are holding the bi-annual Northern Australia Food Futures conference at the Darwin Waterfront in May, this will include being a tour guide on a field trip to greater Darwin farms hosting interstate visitors.

The role is diverse, requires a coordinated approach, creative thinking and engaging with people from culturally diverse backgrounds, I enjoy it."

If you are interested in a career in Agriculture, there are plenty of other roles that could be just as rewarding and diverse as Aisla's but still within the industry.

Head over to our Careers page to look at other jobs you might be interested in, or have a look at some of the employment programs offered by NT Farmers if you're looking at having a go.


Further Learning

How to Apply for Early Entry Programs

Understand what Early Entry is all about

First up, before you can even think about applying, you've got to fully understand what Early Entry is.

Some high demand courses such as Teaching, Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing might have earlier opening and closing dates than other courses. They're not Early Entry Programs though.

Early Entry is where a university (or other institution) may allow you to submit an application before the main application period, sure, but the clincher is that you could also receive an offer from them before you've even sat an exam.

You can find out about all the Early Entry Programs, eligibility criteria, key dates and more in our Early Entry Guide.

Fast forward to the application process

The application process isn't quick, and you'll need to be prepared to fill in a fair bit of paperwork.

The good news is that this is good practice for once you leave school, when you'll need to apply for lots of different things.

If you don't have a portfolio of your achievements already, before you start any applications it's a good idea to put one together.

Each Early Entry Program is unique

Just as every program has different dates, benefits and eligibility criteria, each program also has a different application process. The good news is that there are some similarities across the programs, so you can follow these steps and skip any that don't apply for your program.

Step 1 – Get your portfolio ready and organised

Create a portfolio, if you haven't already, by collecting all your certificates and awards into the one place – everything counts at this stage – then make a list of all your achievements in order from newest to oldest.

 You may need to get a copy of your reports and any recent assessment scores – even though you won't need your ATAR right now (which is good, because you don't have it), the universities are likely to want to see how you are performing and if there have been any changes. Speak to your teacher or school office about how you can get a hold of those documents.

Step 2 – Find one or more programs to apply for

If you have a specific university in mind, check and see if they have an Early Entry Program available.

Not sure which university you'd like to go to but have an idea about a course? Then start by looking at the universities offering Early Entry and check if they provide the course(s) you're interested in studying.

Finally, double check that the course you want to apply for is eligible for Early Entry. You'll need to read about the eligibility and application criteria for each Early Entry Program you're thinking of applying for.

If you're not sure, contact the universities directly and speak with someone in either the Future Students or Admissions office.

Step 3 – Check the Key Dates

Make sure you know when applications open, the cut-off or closing date, the notification date and any other important dates such as interview or assessment days.

If the program isn't open yet, you could start preparing.

If it's open now, then get your skates on and start your application.

If the program is closed:

  • Double check that you're not looking at last year's dates (sometimes the websites aren't updated until mid-year).
  • Don't stress if you're looking at this year's dates and you've missed the cut-off; you can still apply through the traditional stages a little bit later in the year anyway. And on the plus side, you've probably already narrowed down your preferences and started to get all your application paperwork in order which could save you time later on.

Step 4 – Are you eligible to apply?

Each Early Entry Program have their own eligibility criteria, such as:

  • Academic Achievement or Merit
  • Elite Sporting Abilities
  • You're the dux or captain at school
  • You've got leadership experience
  • Your school are happy to recommend you
  • You're an artist, musician or actor
  • You've been active in your school or local community
  • You live in a rural or remote part of Australia
  • You've been disadvantaged
  • You are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

If you think you fit one of these categories and that makes you eligible to apply for an Early Entry Program, you'll need to have evidence of your achievements or be able to prove that you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you're not sure what you need or if you're eligible, reach out to the university and check before you apply.

Step 5 – Gather the paperwork

You'll need to fill in an application, but may also need to supply supporting documents. If you need a recommendation from a teacher or your Principal, get that as well.

If you need a letter of recommendation then make sure you ask the person with plenty of time left, as they are probably busy, and it may take them a little while to draft the letter.

Step 6 – Apply to the right people

Do you need to apply directly to the university e.g. Macquarie's Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme? Or you need to apply through UAC/VTAC/QTAC/SATAC/TISC, e.g. USYD's Gadigal Program? In some cases, you may have to apply both to the university and through a TAC, e.g. La Trobe's Aspire Program.

Make sure you submit your application on time and pay any fees if there are any.

Step 7 – The Assessment

Some universities might assess you purely on the basis of the application and supporting documentation that you've supplied.

However, sometimes they'll also be keen to see if you're ready for university, so you may be asked to attend and interview, audition, testing or simply supply a letter of recommendation from your school after you've submitted your application.

It's important to prepare yourself for these scenarios so that you can do your best and secure that Early Offer.

Step 8 – Wait for your outcome

It's a good idea to keep track of the expected notification date, so you'll know when you can expect to hear the result of your application.

What's Next

If your application is successful and you receive an offer, then you can focus on your studies and doing well in your exams and extracurricular activities for the rest of Year 12.

Make sure you read all the details when you receive your offer about:

  • how to accept you offer
  • the date you'll need accept by
  • if you can defer your offer, and if yes for how long
  • what happens if you change your mind about the university or course you want to study before 2022

If at any point you're not sure, remember your first port of call should always be the university.

A Final Note

If you're really keen, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for every early entry program available.

Got more questions?

If you're still got some questions about Early Entry and the application process, then these blogs might be useful:

Understanding University Early Entry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about University Early Entry

Early Entry Schemes | Apply now

You can download a copy of the Early Entry Guide here, and if you need a bit more help working through the process you can get the Handbook as well.



5 Top Tips to Nail your Cover Letter

Have you ever sat down to write a cover letter for your job application and wondered where do you even start? If an application asks you for a cover letter, getting it right could be the difference between getting the job and not.

So how can you make sure your cover letter is on point? We've got some tips to help you stand out.

What is a cover letter?

If you apply for a job, chances are you might have been asked to include a cover letter with your resume. But what's the point of a cover letter?

Well, it's there to help the employer get a brief snapshot of you and why you might be the perfect fit for the role. So if your cover letter is nothing exciting, chances are they won't read through to the rest of your resume. Here are some tips to make sure your cover letter is number one.

Do your research

It can be tempting to write one generic cover letter and attach it to all of your job applications. But going the extra mile by addressing the letter to the right person and talking about the job role and what you think you can bring to it shows the employer you've done a bit of research and are invested in getting the job.

Highlight relevant experience

Your cover letter should be relatively short and snappy, so you don't want to list every single work or life experience; try to stick to what you think is relevant to the role you're applying for. Going for a job that requires a lot of typing? Maybe you have some relevant office work experience you can mention.

Showcase your skills

Employers don't just want to know what you've done – they want to know what you learned from it as well. Even if you've never had any work experience in the field you're applying for, chances are you've still developed some relevant skills through other activities. These can be through sport, volunteering, school projects, or more.

Focus on the positives

If you don't have much work experience it can be easy to get bogged down into thinking that there's nothing for you to offer. But that doesn't meant you aren't the right person for the job. Make sure you don't go on and on about how limited your experience is, and instead highlight the skills and experiences you do have.

Edit, edit, edit

Because a cover letter is a first impression, you want it to be a really good one. And this means you should go through what you've written and triple-check everything; spelling, grammar, tone. That extra attention to detail can really make you stand out.

What's next?

Now that you've nailed the cover letter, it's time to start on the rest of your resume. If you're feeling a bit lost, you can check out our blog on how to write a resume, or even give our super simple resume builder a try.


Career Expos happening in 2021

What are Career Expos?

Careers expos (also known as job fairs) are events that where industries, employers and recruiters are able to share information with high school or uni students who are all potential employees.

Attending Career Expos could benefit you

If you're at high school, they are an excellent way to explore your post-school options.

You could get the opportunity to talk to representatives from tertiary education providers, student support services, employers or industry groups about careers, courses, pathways and work experience as well as learning about other training and employment opportunities.

We've put together some of the Expos scheduled so far this year.

In-person Career Expos taking place in 2021:

South East Careers Expo 2021 27 April

Northern Rivers Careers Expo 29 April

Gold Coast Careers Festival 6 to 8 May

Brisbane Careers & Employment Expo 21 & 22 May

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO), Brisbane 17 & 18 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo 20 July


Online Career Expos happening this year:

iWorkinSport Education Virtual Expo 6 to 8 April

ACN Nursing & Health Virtual Expo 24 April

SPE Virtual Career Pathways Fair 27 to 29 April

Year13 Expo 17 to 19 May

Creative Careers Expo 2021 10 & 11 June

Western Victorian Careers Expo 2021 22 June

Australian Virtual Careers Expo 2021 18 & 19 July


Keep up to date

Find more Expos near you or keep an eye out for other events that you could find useful or interesting on our events database.

Skills and Thrills Digital Parents Showcase

The Skills and Thrills Digital Parents Showcase is a half hour video, available (free) to all parents, with most benefit to parents of high school aged students.

This free video resource will be available from 3 March to 31 May 2021 only and will cover the following information areas:

  • Industry trends for the next 5-15 years
  • Industry trends post Covid-19 impact
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)
  • Opportunities in the vocational education and training sector (VET)
  • How to support your child in making informed career choices

Take a look here:


Job Spotlight

How to become a Chef

Nourish patrons and create culinary experiences

What do Chefs do?

Chefs prepare and cook a variety of foods for customers in restaurants, cafés, and other places. Many chefs choose to focus on a specific type of cuisine or specialise in a certain type of cooking, such as patisserie or fine dining.

If you have a passion for food and can work well under pressure, then becoming a Chef could be perfect for you.

About you:

  • Creative with great taste
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Thrive under pressure
  • Dextrous and able to work well with your hands
  • Work well in a team and independently
  • Prepared to work long shifts and irregular hours
  • Can remain calm in stressful and hectic situations
  • Good communicator and leader

The job:

Your roles as a chef might depend on the size of the place you are working, and whether you want to specialise. Some of the duties you can expect include:

  • Preparing and cooking food
  • Preparing kitchen and cooking areas
  • Monitoring the quality of food that leaves the kitchen
  • Demonstrating techniques to other cooks
  • Managing kitchen inventory, e.g. stock levels and equipment
  • Communicating with other kitchen staff, including cooks, waiters and kitchenhands
  • Keeping food preparation and storage areas clean and sanitised
  • Planning new dishes for menus
  • Leading and supervising other chefs and cooks
  • Discussing food preparation issues with managers and other staff

Lifestyle Impact: High

  • Part Time opportunities: Low – 28% of Chefs work part-time (source:
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 46 hours a week, which is above average (source:
  • Chefs' salary (average) $60,000* per year (Source: *Salaries vary between industries, your role, and depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Very strong (Source:
  • Working as a Chef comes with a high level of responsibility, and you will be expected to work in peak hospitality times such as weekends, nights and holidays.

Chefs are most in demand in these locations:

Over 101,000 people were employed as chefs in 2019 (source: AISC) and this number is set to continue to grow. Most workers are employed in New South Wales and Victoria (Source: but there are opportunities in every state.

It is highly unlikely that you will be able to work from home as a chef, as you will need to physically be in the kitchen to prepare food and perform other important duties.

How to become a Chef in Australia

To become a successful Chef, you'll need to learn the practical skills required for the job. This is usually done through relevant Vocational and Educational Training. It would also be a huge benefit to get hands on, relevant, work experience.

Step 1 – Consider completing your high school certificate, Health and Hospitality could be useful subjects, as well as business related subjects.

Step 2 – Undertake a relevant VET qualification.

The minimum qualification usually needed to work as a Chef is a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery. This qualification is often undertaken as an apprenticeship.

Step 3 – Get plenty of real life, hands-on, work experience.

Step 4 – Consider specialising or upskilling with a specialist qualification, such as a Certificate IV in Patisserie or Certificate IV in Asian Cookery.

You could also do more management-based courses such as Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management or Bachelor of Culinary Management, and become a Head Chef, or start your own restaurant or café.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What do Chefs do?

Chefs prepare and cook food for customers and clients in a variety of different culinary settings.

Which industries employ Chefs?

Chefs work in hospitality, accommodation and food services, health services, and more. Check out a few more industries here.

Do I need to go to university to become a Chef?

You will usually need a minimum Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery to work as a Chef. This qualification is usually done as an apprenticeship.

If you're wanting a more lucrative role as a Head Chef or manager, you will most likely need further qualifications or lots of experience.

Where do Chefs work?

Chefs can work in places like restaurants, cafés, hotels, pubs and clubs, food trucks, or in a commercial kitchen for catering services. You could also create and cook food for people with special dietary needs, such as in an aged care home.

What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Chef?

If you're in high school and you'd like to find out if a career as a Chef is right for you, here's a few things you could do right now:

  1. Get work experience and learn about the basics of cookery. This may also help you to decide which area to specialise in.
  2. Complete a few short courses or VET qualifications that could help you to develop the skills you'll need even further.
  3. Work on your communication, organisation, leadership and resilience skills.


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