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851 Food Preparation Assistants

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

851 Food Preparation Assistants

Food Preparation Assistants prepare food in fast food establishments, assist Food Trades Workers and service staff to prepare and serve food, and clean food preparation and service areas.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • assisting Cooks and Chefs by assembling and preparing ingredients
  • preparing salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, fish and chips and other fast foods
  • packing food and beverages in containers and on trays for serving
  • cleaning kitchens and food preparation areas
  • cleaning cooking and general utensils
Unit Group

8511 Fast Food Cooks

Fast Food Cooks prepare a restricted range of foods in fast food establishments.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • taking and serving food and beverage orders, and receiving payment from customers
  • preparing food such as hamburgers, pizzas, fish and chips
  • washing, cutting, measuring and mixing foods for cooking
  • operating cooking equipment such as grills, microwaves and deep-fat fryers
  • cleaning food preparation areas, cooking surfaces and utensils
  • ordering and taking delivery of fast food ingredients
  • may arrange delivery of prepared food and beverages

Occupation:

  • 851111 Fast Food Cook

851111 Fast Food Cook

Prepares a restricted range of foods in a fast food establishment.

Skill Level: 5

Specialisation:

  • Short Order Cook
Unit Group

8512 Food Trades Assistants

Food Trades Assistants assist Food Trades Workers by performing routine food preparation, cleaning and storage tasks.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • gathering food ingredients in preparation for cooking and serving
  • gathering pots and pans in preparation for cooking food ingredients
  • weighing and measuring ingredients
  • washing, peeling, cutting, slicing and dicing ingredients for cooking and serving
  • cutting and grinding meat, poultry and seafood in preparation for cooking
  • removing cooked food from ovens and food warmers
  • washing work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware
  • storing food supplies, equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware in refrigerators, cupboards, pantries and other storage areas
  • informing Foods Trade Workers when food supplies are low

Occupations:

  • 851211 Pastrycook's Assistant
  • 851299 Food Trades Assistants nec

851211 Pastrycook's Assistant

Assists a Pastrycook by performing routine tasks in the kitchen such as preparing ingredients, and cleaning and storing equipment.

Skill Level: 5

Specialisation:

  • Bakery Assistant

851299 Food Trades Assistants nec

This occupation group covers Food Trades Assistants not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 5

Occupations in this group include:

  • Butcher's Assistant
  • Chef's Assistant
  • Cook's Assistant
Unit Group

8513 Kitchenhands

Kitchenhands assist kitchen and service staff in preparing and serving food, and clean food preparation and service areas.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • cleaning kitchens, food preparation areas and sculleries
  • cleaning cooking and general utensils used in kitchens and restaurants
  • transferring, weighing and checking supplies and equipment
  • assembling and preparing ingredients for cooking, and preparing salads, savouries and sandwiches
  • packing food and beverage trays for serving
  • cooking, toasting and heating simple food items

Occupation:

  • 851311 Kitchenhand

851311 Kitchenhand

Alternative Title:

  • Kitchen Steward

Assists kitchen and service staff in preparing and serving food, and cleans food preparation and service areas.

Skill Level: 5

Specialisations:

  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Attendant
  • Sandwich Hand