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Cafe or restaurant manager

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Summary of occupation

Café or restaurant managers plan, run and oversee the activities of businesses that sell and serve food and beverages to the public, such as cafes, restaurants and fast-food outlets. They hire, train and supervise staff, organise budgets, plan menus with cooks/chefs, supervise the purchase and storage of food, make and maintain financial records, and coordinate the activities of the kitchen, dining room and bar. Café or restaurant managers may also need to lend a hand in serving food and drinks to customers.

Café or restaurant managers work all over the State, in all types of establishments.

ANZSCO description: Organises and controls the operations of a cafe, restaurant or related establishment to provide dining and catering services.
Alternative names: Catering Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, Restaurant and Catering Manager, Restaurateur
Specialisations: Bistro Manager, Canteen Manager, Caterer, Fast Food Manager, Hospital Food Service Manager, Internet Cafe Manager, Mess Supervisor, Publican, Steward (Navy)
Job prospects: Good
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A Café or restaurant manager needs:

  • a willingness to help people
  • a passion for good food and beverages
  • strong organisational skills
  • the ability to lead and supervise people
  • to be able to implement and enforce strict food safety practices
  • good problem-solving and decision-making skills.
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Working conditions

Café and restaurant managers work in restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, bars taverns and hotels. Conditions may be hot, noisy and stressful, and they are often required to work long hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays. They spend a lot of time standing, and may be required to lift or carry heavy objects. Their role may involve travel to suppliers, other food service outlets or businesses.

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Salary details

Cafe or restaurant managers in the food and beverage sector can expect to earn at least $836 per week ($43 475 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. 

​Some café or restaurant managers may own and run their own business. In these cases earnings will depend on the level of demand for their services. 

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Tools and technologies

Cafe or restaurant managers need to be familiar with the equipment that is used in the preparation of food and beverages in their particular place of business. However, they also need to be familiar with office equipment such as computers, phones and fax machines.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

Whilst there is no standard requirement for entry into café or restaurant management positions, your chances of gaining employment may be improved if you complete a formal qualification in hospitality.

Vocational education and training qualifications in hospitality and hospitality management are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia (WA).

​You can also become qualified to work as a cafe or restaurant manager by completing a degree in hospitality management, tourism or a related field. These degrees are available at most universities in WA. Contact the training provider you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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