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Employment at ACO

As a world-leading institution in the science, education and practice of optometry, the Australian College of Optometry strives to create a working environment attractive to high achievers and is committed to offering staff a rewarding experience in their chosen careers.

Employment_aWe offer the following opportunities and benefits:

- a national and internationally regarded organisation that provides rewarding work in an
  environment that is flexible, embraces change and respects people
- opportunities in clinical practice, research, teaching and professional engagement
- career progression opportunities
- strong commitment to diversity
- strong commitment and support for training and development
- international experience opportunities for clinical practitioners
- strong commitment to work life and family balance
- generous superannuation and competitive salary rates
- salary packaging opportunities

The ACO currently employs about 150 stafff,  around a third of whom are employed on a sessional or casual basis.  The largest group of staff employed by the ACO are of course, optometrists, who work in our clinics throughout Melbourne.  We have an annual intake of recent graduates into Clinical Resident positions.

A job advertisement and position description is available for each job.  Please read them carefully.

Prepare your application

Your application should include the following information as well as any special instructions that may be contained in the advertisement:Employment_b
- a covering letter referring to the position title and addressing the selection criteria
- your curriculum vitae, outlining past experience, qualifications and referees, and should contain contact details including an email address 
- some positions may require the presentation of copies of academic transcripts

Ensure that you address the selection criteria

It is essential that you address the key selection criteria in your application.  This will enable the selection panel to review your knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications in relation to the selection criteria.

Applications that do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered.

Sending your application

It is preferred that all applications are submitted by email.  In order to be considered, applications must be received by the due date.

All applications emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it will be acknowledged.


A short list of applicants will be developed for interview.  Interviews are always conducted by a panel of 2 or more ACO staff and will require applicants to answer a series of questions, providing examples from their previous work and life experiences.

Depending on the seniority of the position, second interviews may be conducted for a further shortlist of applicants.

References will be required and reference checking will be done either verbally, or by email where verbal contact is difficult.   Where applicable, the ACO will request that police checks and working with children checks are completed when applicants are offered a position with the ACO.  Any required registrations/ qualifications will also be verified prior to employment commencing.

A Closer Look at What We Do

To find out more about what we do please click on our brochure, 'A Closer Look at What We Do'. 

Current Vacancies   

RECEPTIONIST (full or part-time)

Looking for a job where you can make a difference?

Enjoy customer service?

Interested in learning optical dispensing?

The Australian College of Optometry is an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged people.

We are looking for an approachable and confident receptionist to join our friendly and dedicated reception/dispensary team. 

The role provides front-of-house reception to patients, assists with dispensary services and supports optometrists in our busy optometry clinics.  You will be part of an experienced team in a role that is very much a group effort, with duties shared.

You will be primarily based in our Carlton clinic but will also be required to assist with cover at our other metropolitan clinics.

Full-time is (5 days) 38 hours per week within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm.  Our clinics are open 6 days per week. Part-time is available.

The position(s) will be for a 12 month fixed term with the potential to extend. 

You should have customer service and/or reception experience, as well as a genuine desire to work in a health care setting.  You are flexible, punctual, reliable and possess excellent interpersonal skills.  A good telephone manner and sound computer and typing skills are essential.  An interest in learning about optical dispensing will be well regarded.  A second language would be an advantage.

We offer:

  • A friendly, professional work environment
  • Competitive salary and the ability to increase your take home pay with generous NFP salary packaging benefits
  • Work-life balance


Interested? For additional information please see the job description here

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter by email to our HR Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Applications will close on Friday 2 February 2018. 

The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

With clients from highly diverse cultural and social groups, we welcome applications from people with the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

The Australian College of Optometry is looking to recruit a member for its Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

We are seeking someone who:

  • is a male layperson who has no affiliation with the institution and does not currently engage in any scientific, legal or academic work.


For more information please see the vacancy advertisement here

Written applications, including a CV and cover letter addressing your interest and suitability for the position, should be sent to Tenille Ryan, ACO HREC Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Applications will close Monday 5th February 2018

  Experienced Optometrists


  • Full time, part time or sessional positions available
  • Attractive Salary Packaging tax benefits
  • No evenings or Sundays required


The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for Optometrists with one or more years experience who are interested in public health eye care and wish to contribute to our clinical excellence and teaching services.

The ACO operates a large public optometry clinic and currently employs over 45 full time and part time optometry staff. In addition, a significant number of optometrists working in private practice choose to provide care in our clinics on a sessional basis.

Our main site is located in Carlton and we operate a network of smaller metropolitan clinics located in community health settings across suburban Melbourne, as well as providing outreach services to disadvantaged community groups throughout Melbourne and in regional areas.

Our staff are characterised by their commitment to clinical excellence, desire to work in a public health setting and enthusiasm to continue to improve and develop their clinical skills. A range of clinical activities are available including specialty clinics, clinical teaching and involvement in metropolitan and regional outreach clinics.

For more information please see the position description here or our brochure 'A Closer Look at What We Do' here.

Enquiries may be directed to Jennifer Caulfield, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Written applications, including a CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria, should be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it