Skilled Professional


Australia is seeking skilled culinary professionals to work in world-class resorts, restaurants, bars, and hotels. If you’re enthusiastic, adventurous, experienced, and want to discover life in the land known for beautiful beaches, rugged outback, and sophisticated cities, you’re the perfect candidate for this fantastic opportunity. This is an international experience of a lifetime.

AAG can help you start an amazing career in an incredible country. Our local team in Australia will help you every step of the way: matching you with the right position and employer, providing visa assistance, and preparing you for your life in Australia.

Your spouse and children may also be eligible to accompany you during your stay.

What the program includes

Under the Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa (subclass 482), employers will sponsor you for up to 4 years.

  • Earn a minimum starting salary of AUD $70,000 per annum plus superannuation (similar to a retirement account)
  • Live and work in Australia for up to 4 years
  • Develop your professional skills in a multicultural environment
  • Enhance your resume with international work experience
  • Bring your spouse and children*

* Please note that additional fees and conditions may apply. e.g. you must have proof of marriage and dependents must be under 18 years of age.


Position secured before arriving in Australia so you know exactly where you are going and what your salary will be.

Resume & Interview Preparation

We help you with your resume and interview preparation so you make a great first impression and land the right job.


We work with you in advance to prepare you for your adventure in Australia and provide an orientation about what to expect.

International Requirements

Guidance on visa requirements for a successful visa process

Hostel Accommodation

We provide you with 5 nights’ accommodation when you arrive in Australia.


24/7 emergency support from our U.S. based support teams

Fees &

Australian employers will sponsor skilled workers that meet the temporary work (skilled) visa (TSS) requirements:

  • Education: Applicants must have a culinary or hospitality degree from an approved institution.
  • Experience: Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Language: Applicants must have a strong English level and pass a standardized English proficiency test.
  • Health: Applicants must have a chest X-ray to meet health and safety requirements.
  • Insurance: The Australian government requires medical insurance. Together with our insurance partner, we help you find the correct required coverage.
  • Visa & Passport: Applicants must be eligible for a TSS visa and meet the Australian character requirements. A valid passport is also required.

Step 1

Submit Your Application

Our team will reach out to you, and together we will review your eligibility, answer your questions, and see what positions you are interested in.

Step 2

Choose Your Position

Explore internship opportunities that suit your interests. Participate in a host company interview to find your perfect match.

Step 3

Complete Your Application

If you’re hired, congrats! Now you’ll need to submit the full application and program fee.

Step 4

Schedule Your Visa Appointment

Take your Alliance Abroad-issued DS-2019 form and your Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP) to the U.S. Embassy at your scheduled time for your J1 visa appointment. It’s an important step, and we’re here to help if you need it!

Step 5

Start Planning Your Arrival in the U.S.

Once your visa is approved, it’s time to book your flight and start planning. Our pre-departure orientation will tell you everything you need to know so you’re prepared for an enjoyable and unforgettable experience!


The Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP) is an official document signed by you, your host company representative, and your sponsor. The plan outlines what you will learn and the hands-on experience you will gain while participating in the program. It includes phases of learning, skills and tasks, information on your supervisor, and examples of cultural exchange activities available to you.

Alliance Abroad works closely with our host companies to ensure that safe, affordable housing and transportation is available near the site of training. Some of our host companies provide housing, and payroll deduct the cost of it from your paycheck. Some host companies work with us to provide housing leads of apartments or houses that have worked well for participants in the past. When reviewing housing, we always look at the monthly cost, furnishings, cost of utilities, proximity to the site of training, safety, and available transportation options to ensure it is a suitable option.

No. We understand that some participants are only available for a shorter period due to school requirements or personal choice. If you would like a shorter program, will do our best to identify a program that works for your needs. Typically, participants request at least a minimum of 6 months.

It depends!

  • If you are still a full-time student pursuing the same degree, you are eligible to participate in the J-1 Intern program a second time.
  • If you have recently completed your degree and are within a year of graduation, you may participate again.
  • If you were an Intern but now qualify as a Trainee, you may participate again after living outside of the U.S. for at least two years.

In any of these situations, your second program must demonstrate an enhancement of learning that builds upon the experience you received on your first program.

Alliance Abroad offers a Deferred Payment Plan to eligible participants. This allows you to pay a lower program fee in the beginning, and then continue to pay the remainder of your program fee after you start your program and start earning a stipend from your training. We also work with host employers who are willing to pay the sponsor fee in full and then payroll deduct once you are on your program. Please share any concerns regarding the fees with your AAG contact to find out what options might be available for you.

Yes. Even though a stipend is not required by the program regulations, Alliance Abroad only works with host employers who agree to pay an hourly salary to their Interns and Trainees. We ensure this stipend is the higher of state or federal minimum wage and explain any other benefits provided by the host employer in a detailed offer letter provided to you during the interview process for your review. We want to ensure you have enough money to cover your expenses during the time you are here.

The Intern and Trainee programs require a mid-point and final evaluation. These should be completed with your supervisor. Our evaluation can be done online and asks basic questions regarding your training experience to ensure your program is progressing according to your Training/Internship Placement Plan and achieving the objectives of the program.

Ready to take a leap?

Your next adventure starts now…

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