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Cookery Training Package Project: Complete

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Reference Committee (IRC), completed a project to update the Training Package Products that relate to cookery and kitchen operations.


Employment projections for the Hospitality sector are strong, particularly for café, restaurant and accommodation services with regard to hospitality workers, food trade workers and accommodation and restaurant managers. The sector, however, is currently experiencing several challenges which are impacting workforce skills. Key challenges include:

  • Workforce shortages in food trade occupations – Demand for skilled food trade workers such as chefs, bakers and pastry cooks (patissiers) is strong. However, applicant numbers are low and nearly all areas across Australia, particularly regional areas, are experiencing workforce shortages.
  • Skills training not reflective of current industry practices – Employers have voiced that workers entering the industry after completing their Qualification (or apprenticeship) lack contemporary skills in food preparation.
  • Working across the cookery sector – The transition of workers across sectors is common, and career progression no longer takes the traditional linear pathway. The cookery sector is no different, and its workforce can now experience multiple hospitality environments, ranging from fine dining restaurants and clubs to catering to mine sites and other mass operations.
  • Lack of business and commercial skills in graduates – Employers have indicated that, after finishing a Qualification (or an apprenticeship), workers may be required to run a small operation within a business environment, which may include rostering staff, ordering stock using various online platforms, or other business functions. These skill areas need to be better reflected in the Training Package.
  • To address the workforce skills issues faced by the sector, the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC proposed to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) that an update of those Training Package Products supporting job roles in Cookery and Kitchen Operations, be conducted. The AISC endorsed the update work proposed and a sub-committee of the IRC was formed to oversee and guide this project.

    Project Governance

    This project was overseen by the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC. The membership of this sub-committee is as follows:

    Project Status – Complete

    The Cookery Case for Endorsement, including Final Draft Qualifications, Skills Sets and Units of Competency, were submitted for consideration at the October 12, 2021 AISC meeting. They were approved by the AISC and subsequently endorsed by the State and Territory Skills Ministers.

    The training package products are now available on training.gov.au.

    All nine endorsed cookery qualifications contain units that are due to be updated in the current tourism, travel, hospitality and events project, which is on track to be considered at the April 2022 AISC meeting. Given that once this project is approved, it would mean that there would be superseded units in all of the cookery qualifications, DESE has approved the cookery training package products to be held over for publication at the same time as the tourism, travel, hospitality and events training package products, to include the updated units. This will occur in May 2022 (subject to timing of Ministerial endorsement).

    This will then ensure that the cookery qualifications are not published containing units that will be superseded in three months’ time and will also reduce the impost on Registered Training Organisations who deliver across the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package, in regard to updating their scope twice in a period of three months.