Migration Tasmania

for business and skilled migrants

Join the Industry grants

A grants program for international student cookery graduates

Are you seeking a qualified cook or chef?

Is your Tasmanian hospitality business looking for staff?

Or are you an international student who has graduated in Tasmania with a cookery qualification and is working, or wanting to work in Tasmania?

If so, you may be eligible for a Join the Industry grant.

Join the Industry grants cover the cost of migration advice and visa charges for cookery graduates who want to stay on in Tasmania and contribute to the State's booming hospitality industry.

The grants program aims to address skills shortages for cooks and chefs by supporting Tasmanian hospitality businesses to access locally trained talent.

International cookery graduates bring new and innovative ideas to Tasmania’s rapidly growing hospitality industry. With a boost in the numbers of tourists from Asia enjoying Tasmania’s food and beverages, these graduates also provide unique culinary skills to cater for these growing markets.

Employers wanting to employ a graduate for a minimum of two years can apply through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The graduate needs to have an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or an AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3). 

An employment contract for a minimum of one year will enable a graduate to apply for the Job Ready Program (JRP). The JRP is a four step employment-based program for international graduates who require a skills assessment to apply for General Skilled Migration. The program is managed by Trades Recognition Australia, a business unit located within the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Graduates applying for the JRP as a Chef,  must hold a minimum Certificate IV in either Commercial Cookery, Asian Cookery or Patisserie and be employed as, and doing the duties expected of a Chef.  Graduates applying to get a skills assessment as a Cook have lower requirements. More information on the JRP is available at www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au.

Tasmania’s reputation for culinary excellence and world-class food and beverages continues to attract cookery students from around the world and they are making a significant contribution to Tasmania's tourism and hospitality sector. 

The Join the Industry grants program is proudly supported by the Tasmanian Government in collaboration with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association and TasTAFE.

To apply - click here to download the application form