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Accommodation and Food Services

Customer service, food preparation and accommodation services


The Accommodation and Food Services industry provides hospitality for people both living in and visiting Australia. This includes short-term accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as take-away food and drink services.

Most jobs are in hotels, motels, cafes, restaurants, take-away shops, bars and pubs. Other businesses providing hospitality services include catering, short-stay accommodation such as bed and breakfast and serviced apartments, caravan parks, holiday houses, ski lodges, student and youth hostels.


  • Casual and part-time work is common.
  • Varied hours and work schedules can be expected as patterns of demand change by day and by season.
  • Excellent prospects for entry level jobs.
  • Students can combine part-time or casual work with their studies.