Apply now for the role of Antarctic Medical Practitioner. Applications for all other positions supporting the 2017–18 Australian Antarctic Program have now closed.

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Overview of the role

As the Chef you will be responsible for Station cooking and catering, food safety and kitchen hygiene, control of all foodstuffs and consumables, and for re-ordering of foodstuffs and consumables for the succeeding expedition. Additionally, the Chef assigned to Casey station will be required to be available to relieve the Wilkins Aerodrome Camp Support Officer (ACSO) at times throughout the flying season. Duties whilst at Wilkins Aerodrome can be found under the job description for the ACSO on the Australian Antarctic Division website.

Chefs can be employed in either summer or winter jobs; shorter winter opportunities may also arise.  Chefs are employed at all three Antarctic stations as well as Macquarie Island.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and selection process, please see the application kit below. You might like to read more about working as a Chef in Antarctica.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $63,113 per annum ($2,420 per fortnight before tax).

Additional allowances totalling $58,026 per annum are payable while working in Antarctica.


A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.

Recreation leave

You will accrue recreation leave at the equivalent of 20 days per annum pro rata. Please note that recreation leave is not available in Antarctica, but will be paid out on return to Australia.


To discuss your application, please ring 1800 030 755.

Application kit

The following documents contain important information you need to know about employment and related issues – please read them carefully.

Please note that if you do not demonstrate that you meet the required skills, knowledge and attributes for the role your application will not be considered further.

This position is not currently open for recruitment. If you would like to be notified when applications open please register your details.