Person, Face, Plant, Skin, Man



  • 643572
  • Townsville, QLD, Australia, 4810
  • Full Time
  • Salary between $45000 - $55000 dependant on experience.
  • Site location is Lavarack Barracks Bruce Highway, Townsville QLD 4813
  • Enjoy job security within a unique hospitality environment

Defencelife has the privilege of serving millions of meals to our Defence personnel. Whether it’s out in the field or in dining halls, we provide everything from snacks to buffet style meals to first class dining experiences for functions. The support we provide is vital in ensuring our personnel thrive during their service. We deliver high quality food coupled with a fantastic customer service experience.

We currently have a unique opportunity for a Chef to join our team at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville. Full-time permanent role completing 76 hours a fortnight with opportunity for over-time. This position is suited for candidates that like to work in a fasted paced supportive team environment. Training is provided and you'll be working for one of the largest catering and support services company in the world!

The Person:

  • Qualified Chef – Certificate III or above in Commercial Cookery
  • 2 years+ Previous experience in a bulk cooking
  • HACCP Food handling experience
  • Attention to detail, fantastic food presentation and strong organisational skills.

The Position:

  • Planning menus and estimate food requirements
  • Plan, prepare and display a buffet
  • Plan the catering for an event or function
  • Ordering, labelling and managing stocks maintaining First in First Out system.
  • Storing food in temperature-controlled facilities
  • Making adjustments to food items according to the need of guests with allergies or specific diet concerns.
  • Portioning food, placing it on plates, and adding gravies, sauces and garnishes
  • Train other kitchen staff and apprentices.
  • Develop and update industry knowledge
  • Ensuring quality of food.
  • Regulating temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment
  • Apply catering control principles.
  • Clean and maintain kitchen premises.
  • Maintain Consumer satisfaction.
  • Work with colleagues and customers
  • Perform other duties within her capabilities as required by management
  • Follow Compass health and safety, security procedures
  • Adhere to our safety culture
  • Follow safe manual handling practices
  • Follow safe food handling procedures


  • Parking on site
  • Uniforms supplied.
  • Meals when on duty
  • Family friendly roster
  • MyRewards benefits program 

As you will understand, Government establishments need to be highly secure. This means that due to Government security clearance requirements the successful applicant will be subject to an Australian National Police check which will be paid for by the Company.


Our people’s unique backgrounds, experience, and abilities are at the heart of our vibrant workforce. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the diverse communities that we serve, where everyone feels empowered and valued. By building diverse teams means we are creating inclusive environments for all our people and also those we connect with through our day to day operation. We welcome & encourage applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, gender expressions, gender identity and people with disability.


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