How to Apply as a Butcher in Australia

Australia, renowned for its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and robust economy, has long been a beacon for skilled workers from around the globe seeking new horizons. Among the many professions in demand, the art of butchery stands out as a niche yet essential trade, vital to Australia’s thriving food industry.

For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) looking to explore career opportunities abroad, becoming a butcher in Australia presents a pathway to stability, growth, and cultural immersion. This guide aims to illuminate the steps, requirements, and insights necessary for OFWs to successfully navigate the application process and embark on a fulfilling career journey in Australian butchery.

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Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences shared by the OFW in the video below. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video on their accounts.

A Guide for OFWs on Pursuing a Butchery Career in Australia

The information presented in this article comes from a YouTube video from the channel, Boss Jude Tv. In this video, the OFW vlogger talks about the basic requirements when it comes to applying to become a butcher in Australia. If you want to watch the full video, then click on the link below:

When applying for a butchery position in Australia, it’s crucial to ensure you have all the necessary documentation and qualifications in order. Firstly, aspiring butchers must possess a valid passport and secure the appropriate visa, such as a skilled work visa (subclass 189 or 190), which may require sponsorship from an Australian employer.

Additionally, candidates must undergo a skills assessment conducted by a relevant Australian assessing authority, such as Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) or Vetassess, to verify their qualifications and experience in butchery. This assessment typically involves providing evidence of relevant work experience, qualifications, and possibly undergoing practical assessments. Furthermore, proficiency in the English language is often a prerequisite, demonstrated through standardized tests like the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

  • A valid passport
  • Appropriate visa (e.g., skilled work visa)
  • Skills assessment by a relevant Australian assessing authority
  • Evidence of work experience and qualifications
  • Possibly undergo practical assessments
  • Proficiency in English language (e.g., IELTS)


This essential document is not only necessary for international travel but is also a prerequisite demanded by both potential employers and recruitment agencies. Obtaining a passport in the Philippines is a relatively straightforward process. Applicants can visit the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website to schedule an appointment for online transactions, streamlining the application process.

It’s crucial to ensure that your passport is up to date; if expired, it should be promptly renewed to avoid any delays in your application. Renewal procedures typically follow the same steps as initial application processes.

For those seeking expedited services, there are options available, such as the Rush processing service, which significantly reduces the waiting period to approximately 18 days, albeit at an additional cost. The standard processing time for a regular application is approximately one month. Costs associated with passport applications may vary but are generally reasonable, with fees ranging around 1,200 pesos.

NBI Clearance

To obtain an NBI clearance, you’ll need to schedule an appointment online. Visit the NBI portal and book your appointment at your preferred date and time. Make sure to input all your details accurately. Keep in mind that NBI clearances might encounter issues sometimes. When you visit the NBI office, the process mainly involves biometrics and taking a picture, which is quite straightforward.

Barangay Clearance

When applying for a barangay clearance with the intention of using it for overseas purposes, it’s crucial to specify the purpose accordingly on the application form. Avoid general statements about the purpose of the clearance, as some agencies may not accept it for international applications. Ensure that the application explicitly states that it is for use abroad to prevent any misunderstandings or complications during the application process.

Vaccination Card

A comprehensive vaccination card with complete details is essential for overseas travel. This document is often required by the Bureau of Quarantine to ensure compliance with health regulations and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Be sure to keep your vaccination card up-to-date and readily accessible as it may be requested during the application process for overseas employment.

High School Diploma and TOR

For those who haven’t pursued higher education, a high school diploma along with a Transcript of Records (TOR) is crucial. These documents should include the year of graduation from high school, as well as the grades obtained from the 1st to the 4th year. Even if you haven’t attended college, possessing these records is important for demonstrating your educational background.

College Diploma and TOR

While not always a strict requirement for entry-level butcher positions, possessing these documents can significantly enhance your profile and competitiveness in the job market. Your college diploma validates your academic achievements and demonstrates your commitment to education, while the TOR provides a detailed record of your performance throughout your college years, showcasing your relevant skills and knowledge. Including both documents in your application can strengthen your candidacy and increase your chances of securing employment as a butcher in Australia.

English Certificate

While the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is commonly accepted, alternative English certificates are also valid. These certificates should verify your proficiency in English, particularly if you’re unable to take the IELTS exam.

Moreover, it’s essential to ensure that you have all necessary academic documents on hand. This includes both high school and college certificates. If you didn’t graduate from college, having completed at least 72 units can still qualify you for certain positions.

When acquiring these documents, it’s advisable to approach the registrar of your educational institutions. They can provide you with certificates confirming your academic qualifications and English proficiency.

English certificates should contain the following details:

  • That you graduated from the institution
  • What degree you obtained
  • When your last date of attendance was
  • That the medium of instruction is English for all subjects except Filipino
  • That the purpose of certification is for employment purposes

Previous Payslips

  • Payslips provide work and earnings verification
  • Employers may request payslips for each year and varied months
  • Specific months’ payslips demonstrate steady employment
  • Missing payslips can complicate job applications
  • It’s wise to retain all payslips

Payslips provide information about where you’ve worked and how much you’ve earned, which employers often require to verify your work history and ensure consistent employment.

If you’ve worked abroad, employers may ask for payslips from each year, spread across different months. For example, they might request payslips from months like January, June, and December to demonstrate steady employment throughout the year. Having payslips for these specific months helps confirm your consistent work history.

Not having payslips for these periods could complicate your job application process. Therefore, it’s wise to keep all your payslips, even if you don’t think you’ll need them immediately.

PSA Birth Certificate

Another essential document needed for your application is the PSA birth certificate. Fortunately, obtaining this vital record has become much easier with online transactions. Simply set up an appointment and follow the streamlined process. Unlike in the past, acquiring your PSA birth certificate is now a straightforward task.

Employment Contract for Jobs Abroad

Securing an employment contract for jobs abroad is a crucial step, even if the position isn’t directly related to butchery. Employers in Australia typically request a 10-year work movement history to understand your previous employment and residency details, which is then submitted to immigration authorities. This comprehensive documentation includes information about your previous jobs and places of residence over the past decade.

Navigating the intricacies of documentation can be daunting, but agencies often provide specialized document assistance. Document specialists meticulously review your paperwork, ensuring accuracy and completeness. If errors are identified, they guide you through the correction process to avoid any delays in your application.

For individuals without Social Security System (SSS) contributions, obtaining a Certificate of No SSS Contributions is necessary. This document confirms the absence of SSS contributions during a specific period, which may be the case for those who’ve worked in informal sectors like wet markets. It’s essential to have this certificate notarized, typically costing around 200 pesos.

Police Clearance

Obtaining a police clearance certificate becomes necessary if you have previous employment abroad, a crucial requirement when applying for positions in Australia. Individuals typically obtain this document from the country where they were previously employed.

For example, our vlogger went to the Japan embassy to apply for a police clearance certificate. The processing time for such clearances is typically around one month. It’s essential to plan accordingly and factor in this processing time when preparing your application for employment in Australia.

Pursuing a career as a butcher in Australia requires meticulous attention to detail and thorough preparation, from acquiring essential documents to navigating the complexities of employment contracts and police clearances. While the journey may present challenges, the prospect of success is tangible for Filipino applicants armed with determination and the necessary documentation.