Shai and Michelle got engaged and were so excited to plan their party. Every detail went to plan except for the wait staff. They turned up a looking disheveled and had clearly never worked a private party before so Michelle’s mum had to stay in the kitchen directing them instead of enjoying her daughters big day. This really put a damper on the festivities and Shai didn’t want to leave the wedding to chance.

He knew one of his family friends, Karina was a university student working as a VIP hostess at night and thought she may be able to help with the wedding. Karina rounded up some of her colleagues and they all treated the wedding guests like celebrities. Everyone was asking where they got their wait staff from and a number of repeat bookings were made. It only took a few months before Hire A Waiter was born and had bookings every weekend.

Karina loved organsiing these parties so much she decided not to take her graduate job offers and focus solely on the business with Shai directing the operations.

Within a year Hire A Waiter became national, has partnerships with hospitality training organisations across the country, a number of impressive corporate clients and is the largest staffing agency for private functions across the country.

This was achieved through a commitment to our values and underlying desire to treat everyone like a VIP.

We are so grateful to have the opportunity to do what we love every day and hope you will join us on this journey.

Cheers to you,

Shai and Karina
Unlike the competition, Hire A Waiter knows all of their staff personally. The waiters must go through a vigorous hiring process so we can ensure we are employing the best. Our staff are experienced, well-presented and reliable.

We pay our staff well above average to ensure we have a dedicated team who are loyal to our customers. This means our staff don’t need to be micromanaged when they turn up for a job, as they are highly experienced and know exactly what needs to be done.

We give excellent training to our team members, meaning they are confident in what they do and always dress appropriately and work hard. Our staff are friendly and dedicated, going the extra mile to ensure your event is a perfect one. They take pride in what they do.
We believe in providing first class experiences for our customers, so they have a smoothly run event without the fuss and stress that comes with planning and organising a big night.

We treat all our customers like they are superstars and work diligently to ensure your event is a successful one without any hiccups.

We are passionate about providing first class service, and your only regret after hiring one of our waiters will be that you didn’t do it sooner!


  • Shai



    Shai has years of corporate experience in recruitment which is invaluable to our rigorous on boarding process at HAW. He has an uncanny knack at knowing who will be a dedicated worker that takes pride in what they do. Above all, he understands the stress in planning an event after his own engagement party and is dedicated to ensuring our customers have a seamless process on their way to an awesome party!

  • Karina



    Karina studied a double degree in Business and Law and moonlighted as a waitress catering to celebrities and VIP’s. She decided to forgo a corporate ladder fate and focus on doing what she loves which is creating wonderful experiences for our clients. Having worked at Melbourne’s biggest events, venues and entertainment precincts she is well equipped to help you plan your perfect event!


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