Catering to future need

The Australian Hotels Association of WA and Hospitality Group Training WA have welcomed the Federal Government’s re-appointment of chefs to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Skilled Occupation List to help meet the need.

Hospitality Group Training manager Iain McDougall said there was an emerging desperation in the industry about how it would fill the estimated extra 1500 chef/cook positions that would be available in five years.

Last month Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash said the addition of chefs to the Skilled Occupation List reflected the occupation was in short supply, coupled with projected strong growth. The list details the 188 occupations currently needed and that are acceptable for permanent and temporary skilled migration to Australia.

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