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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   

 
Optometrist

 

 

 

Head of Specialist Services and Clinical Clare

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.

The Head of Specialist Services and Clinical Care is responsible for leading and developing the Specialist services and clinical care of the ACO. The role will be responsible for developing and implementing innovative programs to improve efficiency and quality of care within ACO specialist clinics and the clinic overall, expand and strengthen relationships with public hospitals and ensure the clinical placement program meets the needs of education partners into the future.

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. Further enquiries may be directed to Neville Turner, 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

Applications will close Sunday 16 February 2020 at 5pm.

 
Clinical Assistant
 
 

Ophthalmic Assistant

• Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
• Part time- 1 day per week
• Carlton location

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for an Ophthalmic Assistant to join our Clinical Services team in Carlton.

The ACO provides a unique experience in the practice of optometry. It operates a large public optometry clinic and employs over 45 full time and part time optometry staff. In addition, a number of optometrists working in private practice choose to provide care in our clinics as sessional optometrists. Our main site is located in Carlton and we operate a network of clinics in community health settings across Melbourne, as well as outreach services to particularly disadvantaged community groups. We have a wide range of state of the art ophthalmic technology, including anterior and posterior OCT and wide field fundus photography.

This position is responsible for providing high quality clinical support to Optometrists providing clinical services to ACO patients. The role involves working as part of the clinical team to support the delivery of optometry consultations through the provision of diagnostic imaging and clinical assistance

This position is a part time, 1 day a week appointment and will be based at our Carlton Clinic but may be required to work at other ACO service locations on occasion. Previous experience working in optometry or similar ophthalmic clinical setting is preferred.

Interested? Please see the position description

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

Applications will close Sunday 2 February 2020 at 5pm.

 
Administration

Rosters Assistant

• Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
• Part time- 3 days per week
• Carlton location

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for an Administration Assistant to join our Clinical Services team.

The Administrative Assistant, with a strong focus on rosters and scheduling, will be responsible for the creation and publication of clinical staff rosters in the Division of Clinical Services of the ACO. The successful applicant will work with the Head of Clinic Operations and Support Staff, and alongside daily operational staff, to ensure clinical staff rosters support the clinical interests of staff and meet the needs of the ACO.  This position will also provide general day-to-day administrative support across the  different areas of the clinic, as required.

This position is a part time, 3 days per week appointment and will be primarily based at our Carlton Clinic.

Interested? Please see the position description.  

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

Applications will close Sunday 2 February 2020 at 5pm.

 
Technical Officer

BUILDING SUPPORT

• Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
• Full time (part time will be considered)
• 3 year contract, with potential to extend
• Carlton location, with some travel to other locations

The Australian College of Optometry is a not-for-profit organisation providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities.

We are looking for a Technical Officer to join our collaborative facilities team. Reporting to the Facilities Project Manager, the incumbent is responsible for providing high quality and effective client services, including but not limited to:

• Providing on-site technical support as directed across all locations
• Monitoring the performance of facilities & infrastructure and working to support the development of a life-cycle planning approach for all ACO assets.

You should have a trade or equivalent qualification or strong hands on practical approach with demonstrated experience. A keen eye for detail, a technical and logical thought process, ability to complete minor repair works and an awareness of relevant legislation, including OHS and building regulations.

You are comfortable working autonomously and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude. You are well organised, with the ability to juggle priorities and achieve deadlines. You enjoy working with people and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Diversity
The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from people with the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience. The ACO encourages and welcomes the interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for roles within the organisation.

Interested? Please see the position description for further information. 

To apply, please send a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria and CV to our HR Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications will close on 6 December 2019 at 5pm.

 
Technical Officer

IT & EQUIPMENT

  • Immediate start
  • New graduates encouraged to apply
  • Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
  • Full time
  • 3 year contract, with potential to extend
  • Carlton location, with some travel to other locations

 

The Australian College of Optometry is a not-for-profit organisation providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities.

We are looking for a Technical Officer to join our facilities support team. Reporting to the Facilities Project Manager, the role will support the IT and clinical equipment, as well as providing high quality and effective client services, including but not limited to:

• Providing on-site technical support as directed across all locations.
• Monitoring the performance of business technologies and working to support the development of a life-cycle planning approach for all ACO ICT and clinical equipment.

You should have the relevant IT qualification or demonstrated experience working with business technologies. A keen eye for detail, a technical and logical thought process, ability to complete minor repairs and device setup.

You are comfortable working autonomously and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude. You are well organised, with the ability to juggle priorities and achieve deadlines. You enjoy working with people and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Diversity
The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from people with the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience. The ACO encourages and welcomes the interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for roles within the organisation.

Interested? Please see the position description for further information.

To apply, please send a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria and a CV to our HR Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications will close on 8 November 2019 at 5pm.



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