Chef’s have recently been added to the expanded list of priority skilled migrants. This comes soon after the decision to lift work hour restrictions for international students within the hospitality Industry. This provides a timely boost for Australia’s struggling hospitality industry.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced on June 22nd, 2021 a list of 22 extra occupations to be added the to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List.
These occupations are:
- Accountant (General) (221111)
- Accountant (Taxation) (221113)
- Accountant (Management) (221112)
- External Auditor (221213)
- Internal Auditor (221214)
- Electrical Engineer (233311)
- Civil Engineer (233211)
- Structural Engineer (233214)
- Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
- Transport Engineer (233215)
- Mining Engineer (233611)
- Petroleum Engineer (233612)
- Surveyor (232212)
- Cartographer (232213)
- Other Spatial Scientist (232214)
- Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)
- Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912)
- Multimedia Specialist (261211)
- Analyst Programmer (261311)
- Software and Applications Programmers (261399)
- ICT Security Specialist (262112)
- Chef (351311)
This takes the number of approved skills on the PMSOL to 41.
Minister Hawke said the Department of Immigration worked and consulted with employers of all sizes across many different industries, hospitality included to develop the framework for these new changes in place. The move was welcomed by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and the Accommodation Association of Australia. The President of the Australian Culinary Federation also welcomed the addition of chefs to the PMSOL.
The shortage of chefs pre-dated the COVID-19 crisis but border closures and the impact of lockdowns on hospitality outlets have only exacerbated the situation.
The Morrison Government promises to support Australian businesses and economy by continuing to make promising changes to skilled migration.