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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
- competitive salary rates
- generous salary packaging benefits

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 Graduate Optometrist 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

Applications should be 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.

Employment_dInterviews

A short list of applicants will be developed for interview.  Interviews are usually 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 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'. 

 

Please note - the ACO employes staff who come into contact with children, elderly and vulnerable people.  in accordance with Child Safe regulations, employment for all positions is conditional on a satisfactory National Police Check valid for working with Children/Vulnerable groups.  International Police Checks are required from prospective employees who have lived overseas for 12 months or more within the last 10 years.  Working With Children Checks are also required for some positions.

The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

 

Current Vacancies   

 
Optometry 

Lead Optometrist Ocular Disease Services

Do you have an interest in leading Ocular Disease Services? Are you passionate about Optometry and want to practice full scope eye care?

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) offers a unique working environment for optometrists, looking to broaden their skills and provide comprehensive full scope eye care to the community.

As Lead Optometrist in Ocular Disease Services, you will be responsible for the leadership, organisation, management and development of Ocular Disease Services at the ACO. You will provide advanced clinical services to patients of the ACO and will contribute as a specialist practitioner in the pursuit of the mission and objectives of the organisation.

This role will be based primarily at our Carlton clinic with occasional days at our Metropolitan locations.

You will have a degree or Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand certification that allows registration to practice optometry and prescribe therapeutic medicines in Australia, and will be required to have been in full time clinical practice for at least seven years or can demonstrate equivalent clinical and professional experiences and credentials.

For more information please see the position description.

Enquiries may be directed to Roman Serebrianik, 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

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th September 2019 at 5pm.

 
Optometry 

Staff Optometrist- South Australia

Are you passionate about Optometry and want to practice full scope eye care?

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization striving to preserve sight and prevent blindness by providing public health eye services to those most in need. For 79 years, the ACO has been based in Victoria, offering comprehensive public health eye care where there is an unmet need in metropolitan and rural areas. We are now expanding into new geographic regions and opening further clinics to enable growth in our clinical services delivery.

 

We are seeking someone who is passionate in providing quality clinical services to patients, and in the pursuit of the mission and objectives of the Division of Clinical Services and the ACO.

You will be based in our newly established clinic in Elizabeth, South Australia within our clinic hours of 8.00am-5.30pm . Full time, Part time and casual applications will be considered.

You should also have an interest in providing community-based eye care and enjoy the challenges of providing services to children and a diverse patient base and complex patient presentations.

We offer:

  • A friendly, professional work environment
  • Competitive salary and the ability to increase your take home pay with generous NFP salary packaging benefits
  • Payment of professional association fees
  • Access to discounted professional development and education
  • Work-life balance

 

Interested? For more information please see the  Staff Optometrist position description

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

 
Optometry

Outreach

Are you passionate about optometry and want to work with people experiencing some of the most disadvantage in the community?

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) offers a unique working environment for optometrists, looking to broaden their skills and provide comprehensive full scope eye care to the community.

We are currently looking for an optometrist who is passionate about providing eye care to people experiencing disadvantage. The ACO Outreach programs provide care for people experiencing homelessness, in residential aged care facilities, people with disability, and refugee/asylum seekers. There is also our Indigenous eye care program.

This role would be primarily working at our outreach sites across Melbourne, with occasional days at our Carlton clinic. There is also the potential for rural outreach work.

We are looking for full time optometrists with over 2 years experience. Your own transport is essential. The salary range for the position is $76,977 to $87,125 pro rata, including superannuation. As the ACO is a not for profit, salary packaging benefits are available that can reduce your taxable income.

For more information please see the position description 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

 
Optometry

Clinical Educator

Are you passionate about shaping the next generation of optometrists?

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) provides community based public eye care to a diverse patient base.

The ACO plays a key role in providing clinical placements for students from a number of Australian universities. Students provide comprehensive care to patients in our primary care, paediatric, contact lens and disease management clinics, under the supervision of ACO optometrists.

We are looking for people with experience in clinical teaching or supervision, either in a university or practice setting, to work with us as a clinical educator. You must have at least two years of clinical experience and be therapeutically qualified to be considered for this role.

We are looking for people with good communication skills, knowledge of current education theories, proficient in the use of OCT as well as a strong interest in public health.

Your role will be working primarily as a clinical educator. You can nominate to work only during the teaching period (approximately 35 weeks per year) or to continue to work as an optometrist during non-teaching times.

Full time and part time opportunities exist at our Carlton, Broadmeadows and East Reservoir clinics. The salary range for the position is $76,977 to $87,125 pro rata, including superannuation. Salary packaging benefits available that can reduce your taxable income.

For more information please see the position description 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 . 

 
Optometry
Career Opportunity for Experienced Optometrists

Are you passionate about Optometry and want to practice full scope eye care?

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) offers a unique working environment for optometrists, looking to broaden their skills and provide comprehensive full scope eye care to the community.

Do you:

  • Want to practice comprehensive care optometry in a not-for-profit public health setting
  • Have an interest in providing community-based eye care
  • Enjoy the challenges of a diverse patient base and complex patient presentations
  • Have an interest in shaping the next generation of optometrists

 

This role will be based primarily at our Broadmeadows clinic with occasional days at our Braybrook or Carlton clinic. All clinics equipped with an OCT, fundus camera and VF machine.

Final year students attend the Broadmeadows site for clinical placements, so experience (or an interest in) supervising students would be advantageous.

Arabic speaking optometrists are encouraged to apply, but this is not essential.

Looking for full time optometrists with over 2 years experience. The salary range for the position is $76,977 to $87,125 pro rata, including superannuation. Salary packaging benefits available that can reduce your taxable income.

For more information, please see the position description 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



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