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Introducing Restaurant Labour Agreement – Are you a fine dining restaurant struggling to find skilled workers? Don’t worry! We can assist you at Migration Unity. We’ll help you find the right staff you need to succeed in the restaurant business.

The hospitality industry in Australia is facing a significant shortage of skilled workers, particularly in restaurant occupations such as Chefs, Cooks, Restaurant Managers and even Waiters.

This shortage can hinder the growth and success of these premium quality dining establishments. 

However, there are visa pathways and a specific restaurant labour agreement available to help restaurants overcome this challenge. 

In this blog post, we will explore how fine dining restaurants can leverage these opportunities to attract and sponsor skilled overseas workers.

Restaurant Worker Visa Pathways:

To sponsor skilled overseas workers in the labour agreement stream, fine dining restaurants can utilise the following visa pathways:

1. Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482):

  • Allows sponsorship of skilled workers for up to 4 years.
  • Requires applicants to meet English language requirements (IELTS 5.0 or equivalent).
  • Chefs, Cooks, Café or Restaurant Managers, and Trade Waiters are eligible for sponsorship under this visa.

2. Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional visa (subclass 494):

  • Enables sponsorship of skilled workers in regional areas.
  • Similar requirements as the Temporary Skill Shortage visa apply.
  • Offers pathways to permanent residence after a transition period.

3. Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186):

  • Provides a pathway to permanent residence for skilled workers.
  • Requires a two-year transition period for Chefs and Cooks, and a three-year period for Trade Waiters and Café or Restaurant Managers.
  • Standard visa program requirements apply.

Restaurant Labour Agreement:

The Restaurant (premium dining) Labour Agreement allows fine dining restaurants to sponsor skilled overseas workers for longer periods or even permanent residence. The agreement covers the following occupations:

  1. Chef (ANZSCO 351311): Includes various specialised roles.
  2. Cook (ANZSCO 351411)
  3. Café or Restaurant Manager (ANZSCO 141111)
  4. Trade Waiter (code 070499): Encompasses specialised roles like Sommelier and Maître D.

Employer Requirements:

To qualify for the restaurant labour agreement, as an employer, you must meet the following criteria:

Be a premium dining restaurant:

  • Offer a premium quality dining experience.
  • Employ highly experienced staff.</