Candidate Overview


The Australia Chef Migration program is a specialist program for qualified and experienced cooks and chefs. The program provides guaranteed employment in successful established venues and businesses across Australia via a generalist pathway or specialist pastry pathway.

The program provides the opportunity to live and work in Australia, develop your skills and enhance your career options. In many cases a pathway is available for candidates to secure permanent residency of Australia.

Please note: At this time, we are unable to support specialist Butcher or Sushi pathways nor any front of house occupations.


Candidate Support


By joining the Australia Chef Migration program, you can be assured of full support across every step of the application process and post deployment. We only work with a small group of selected program partners who are not only knowledgeable in their specific field but are also fully conversant about our program and our candidates.


The program uses  Australian registered migration agents, works with a POEA approved agent in the Philippines and utilises the services of a relocation company. The relocation company ensures that your banking and tax are set up, sources and books temporary accommodation for your arrival and most importantly, provides essential cultural support in your first few weeks.


Chefs during a training seminar

Candidate Eligibility


In order to be eligible to join the program, all candidates must meet the following criteria:


  • Certificated culinary training (i.e. Diploma) *
  • Minimum 3 years’ full time employment history in a relevant commercial kitchen environment as a line/ hot kitchen position
  • IELTS – Ability to achieve a minimum score of 5 in each test component
  • Have adequate funds to cover the program costs
  • Demonstrate an ability to work in multi-cultural teams
  • Have a genuine intention to stay in Australia at least for the duration of your visa


*Work experience totalling more than 7 years may be accepted in lieu of a qualification.

Chefs celebrating a successful seminar

Candidate Timelines


Following completion of the initial skills screening and assessment and subject to meeting all the criteria and providing all evidence and documentation in a timely manner, candidates can be deployed to Australia in as little as 6 months.


If you have specific requirements around the program (i.e. currently working off shore or abroad), please let us know and we can provide you with a personalised timeline.


Chefs celebrating recently mirgating to Australia

Candidate Costs


Australia Chef Migration do not charge our candidates for our program; all monies due are paid direct to the specialist program partners who provide the certificates required for the candidates to meet the criteria of 482 visa application requirements.


ACM regularly visit Manila to meet candidates in person and undertake free seminars which detail the program application stages, timelines and overall costs associated with progressing. Candidates can bring family to these free seminars for their assurance of the program validity and for them to understand the details of the application process.

Chef preparring salmon