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 contributing to 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.

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.

Suitable applicants may be included in a candidate pool from which vacancies may be filled over the next three Antarctic seasons.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the ‘How to apply’ section below.

Employment conditions

  • The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $66,319 per annum ($2542 per fortnight before tax).
  • Additional allowances totalling $60,974 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.
  • 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.


For general enquiries, including the application process and working in Antarctica, please contact the Recruitment team 1800 030 755 or

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the technical supervisor Noel Tennant (03) 6232 3119.


To be eligible for consideration you must be either an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or a resident of Australia with a valid visa granting appropriate work rights in Australia.

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

Chef in the kitchen slicing meat.
Chef decorates biscuits in the kitchen.
The station chef stands in the kitchen, near the bain marie full of freshly-cooked food.
Man leaning over stainless bench with tray of rolls in front.
Chef slicing up scotch fillet with sunset over fast ice