About the Job
A Chef Submariner (known in the Navy as a Maritime Logistics Chef Submariner) is responsible for the preparation of all food in varying conditions. Be part of the team whose role is a lot more than just food. Your shipmates, at all levels, look forward to mealtimes, so keeping high morale and optimised health are an essential part of the job. Some of the Chefs job roles include:
- Compilation of food orders to meet requirements
- Management of the budget for the Navy's food management system
- Calculation of the volume and type of food required by the galley to meet the requirements of the menu
- Operation of galley (kitchen) equipment, menu planning
- Preparation, cooking and presentation (serving) of all foods including meats, breads, cakes, pastries, sauces, vegetables and sweets
Ships Medical Emergency Team (SMET)
- Chef personnel at sea may form part of the SMET organisation and be involved in the provision of first aid and medical treatment to casualties in exercise and real time situations
- Whilst stores parties are normally whole ship evolutions, Chef's often provide assistance especially when storing foodstuffs and other stores for use onboard
Flight Deck Team
- Certain Chef's on some ships are designated as Flight Deck Team. Chef personnel posted to these positions will be appropriately trained and will provide assistance to the Aviation department during flight operations
- Seamanship evolutions are a whole ship responsibility and as such Chefs will be called upon to provide assistance in line handling, man over boards and a host of other evolutions
Whole ship duties
- Normally includes Helm duties encompasses any event that the whole ship is involved in. This can include cleaning stations, Force Protection, Ceremonial Duties
Chefs are often called upon to provide assistance as part of a standing guard, shore patrols and other ceremonial duties.
Cookery Duties on Submariner (SM)
- Chefs with a high level of competency, proven ability to work unsupervised, and having served a minimum of 6 months on a Major Fleet Unit (MFU) are eligible to become a Submariner.
Chefs on submarines are solely responsible for the entire catering function for their crew of 60.
Other Ranks - Non Technical
Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes
Salary & Allowances
Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,434 per fortnight ($37,302 per year).*
Salary while undertaking Initial Employment Training: $1,639 per fortnight ($42,631 per year).*
While under training, you will also receive $403 per fortnight ($10,493 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.
To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($419 per year).
Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training and submariner qualification: $2,497 per fortnight ($64,936 per year).*
In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $538 per fortnight ($13,991 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance helps compensate you for the unique requirements service life may impose on you and your family.
Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay group. This particular job is classified as a Pay Grade 6 occupation.
Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.
* Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.
All Sailors will serve in fleet units and shore establishments on a rotational basis.
Applicants must be aged between 17 and 54 years of age inclusive on day of entry.
Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.
Education & Experience
It is essential that you have successfully completed Year 10 with passes in English and Mathematics.
Medical & Fitness
To be appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry into the ADF. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.
You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.
For more details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF, Medical Process for Entry into the ADF and Physical Employment Standards once you're in the ADF.
You must also pass the swim test and physical fitness test to graduate from your Navy Training and to proceed to the Safety of Life at Sea Training that is a requirement for Recruit School and Officer training.
Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST)
The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy's duty of care to all serving personnel, with respect to rudimentary swimming skills. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival at sea training.
Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. Competency in the RANST is achieved through successful completion of each component comprising:
- A safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls
- A 10m underwater swim in overalls
- A 50m swim using three safety strokes
- The ability to tread water or float for 15 mins (removal of overalls optional)
Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swimming test if you undertake swimming training before you join.
All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement of initial training. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. On enlistment if you elect to serve an open ended enlistment, you will be able to serve until retirement age, subject to your continued suitability for service. If you elect to serve for a fixed period of service, subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
- Good hand-skills and hand-eye coordination
- Appreciation of safety requirements
- Good attention to detail
- Ability to work under pressure
- Able to sustain long periods of lifting and
- Resourcefulness and common sense.
Applicants should be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of their licence, or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.
The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.
Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.
The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.
Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.
Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.
The security clearance is critical to an applicant’s successful progression through to Navy employment and training. It is strongly recommended that all applicants provide the required documents as early as possible in the recruiting process to avoid any delays in their training and employment.
Details regarding the security requirements for all Navy jobs can be found here.
Duration: 11 weeks
Location: Crib Point, Victoria
The Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus is situated on Western Port Bay, Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of Melbourne. The school has its own administration building, accommodation blocks and classrooms and operates as an independent unit within the greater training environment of Cerberus.
The eleven week recruit course is designed to give you sufficient knowledge and skills on which to base your navy career. The course includes both classroom and practical activities. Most subjects are individually tested. Examinations are set to ensure recruits are sufficiently prepared to undertake further specialist training at category schools. Private study areas are available in the school and a Duty Instructor is available for assistance during non-instructional hours.
When you are offered a General Entry job in the Navy, you will receive Joining Instructions for the Recruit Training Course. These instructions will provide you with a good indication of the daily routine while at the recruit school and what will be expected of you during your training. This information is also available by accessing the Navy recruit school web site.
Recruits, who successfully complete the course including the Navy Swimming Test , participate in a Graduation Parade, which is normally held on the Friday of the last week of training. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family and friends to view the parade.
After graduation, personnel will be posted to category schools at Cerberus or at other training establishments throughout Australia.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and Initial Employment Training (IET), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities, depending on a number of factors.
ADF Initial Cook's Course: 21 Weeks
Training consists of:
- 19 weeks delivered by a TAFE institute and
- 2 weeks Navy Single Service Cook course delivered by the Australian Defence Force School of Catering (ADFSC)
The ADF School of Catering, HMAS Cerberus Westernport Victoria, administers the ADF Initial Cook course. The course is Tri-Service with training delivered in partnership with a leading Victorian TAFE. Initial Chefs are signed up as apprentices with a Defence approved apprenticeship centre. Upon graduation accreditation is awarded for a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. Whilst undertaking training as a Chef, trainees are accommodated at HMAS Cerberus.
The Initial Cooks course provides both practical and theoretical instruction in all aspects of cookery and kitchen activities. Subjects taught include food nutrition, methods of cookery and kitchen activities.
Subjects and recipes taught include but are not limited to:
- Work with Colleagues and Customers
- Work in a Socially Diverse Environment
- Follow Health, Safety and Security Procedures
- Develop and Update Hospitality Industry Knowledge
- Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures
- Organise and Prepare Food
- Present Food
- Receive and Store Kitchen Supplies
Clean and Maintain Kitchen Premises
- Use Basic Methods of Cooking
- Prepare, Cook and Serve Food For Food Service
- Prepare Appetisers and Salads
- Prepare Stock, Sauces and Soups
- Prepare Vegetables, Fruit, Eggs and Farinaceous Dishes
- Select, Prepare and Cook Poultry
- Select, Prepare and Cook Seafood
- Select, Prepare and Cook Meat
- Prepare Hot and Cold Desserts
- Prepare Pastry, Cakes and Yeast Goods
- Plan and Prepare Food for Buffets
- Implement Food Safety Procedures
- Prepare Food according to Dietary and Cultural Needs
- Develop Cost Effective Menus
- Deal with Conflict Situations
- Coach Others in Job skills
- Prepare Cook and Serve Foods for Menus
- Establish and Maintain Quality Control
Subject to completion of three years service in the trade and all training, including successful completion of the ADF Chefs Competency Logbook, a member is awarded Chef Trade papers.
Supervisors Cook Course - for promotion to Leading Seaman, conducted at ADF School of Catering HMAS Cerberus. This course provides both practical and theoretical instruction in all aspects of cookery and kitchen supervision. Subjects taught include;
- Monitor Work Operations
- Provide quality customer service
- Lead and manage People
- Monitor Staff performance
- Develop and Implement a Food Safety Program
- Implement and Monitor Workplace Health Safety and Security Practices
- Control and Order Stock
- Roster Staff
- Basic Procurement
- Food Management and Accounting
Catering Management Course - for promotion to Petty Officer Chef, conducted at ADF School of Catering, HMAS Cerberus. This course provides the student with the appropriate skills to manage a Catering Department in the maritime environment. Subjects taught include:
- Participate, initiate, lead and report on Quality Audits
- Manage mess arrangements
- Develop and implement Operational Plans
- Manage work operations
- Manage physical assets
- Manage and oversee financial operations
- Manage, develop and oversee storing plans
- Provide quality customer service
- Manage Quarantine and Waste
- Manage and oversee Food Safety