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Ship's Catering Attendant

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Ships' catering attendants provide cabin, bar and dining services to passengers and crew on ships.

With experience and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a chief ship's catering attendant.

Ships' catering attendants work on passenger and cargo ships.

The work can be physically demanding and involves extended periods at sea.

Ships generally have reasonable accommodation and working conditions.


    Ships' catering attendants may perform the following tasks:

  • clean cabins, lounges and other areas
  • direct passengers to their cabins and carry luggage
  • provide room service to passengers and crew
  • distribute clean linen and make beds
  • help to prepare and serve meals and drinks
  • attend to passengers' needs such as laundry, dispatching messages and answering queries


  • enjoy meeting new people
  • good communication skills
  • pleasant personality
  • neat personal appearance
  • enjoy life at sea

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Influencing/Personal Contact Manual/Practical


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a ship's catering attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications.

You may like to consider a VOC qualification in catering operations, hospitality or kitchen operations.

You can also become a ship's catering attendant through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Catering Operations, Hospitality or Kitchen Operations.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Before working at sea, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Proficiency issued by the Australian Maritime Authority (AMSA). To obtain this you need to be 18 years old, undergo a medical assessment, have appropriate training or experience working on ships or boats and complete accredited safety and security training. Contact AMSA for further information.

    For carriers entering foreign waters, Australian citizenship or permanent residency with a multiple-entry visa may also be required.


The availability of positions depends on the number of ships operating in and out of Australia and staff turnover.

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