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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 

Site Manager and 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.

Optometrist Site Manager
We are seeking someone who is responsible for providing management and oversite to ensure the smooth operation of the Adelaide clinical facility, providing quality clinical services to patients, and for participating 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. The position is full-time, 5 days per week within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.30pm. Part time applications will be considered.

You should have experience in optometry leadership and in the operations, organisation, management and development of an optometry service. 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.

Staff Optometrist
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 Site Manager position description and 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

 
Administration

 

 

Practice Manager- South Australia

Looking for a job where you can make a difference?

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 responsible for leading front of house customer service and dispensing services to patients and supporting optometrists in the Clinic. The primary goal of the position is to provide exemplary customer service and assist with frame and lens selection and spectacle ordering. The person in this position will provide leadership in the development of our patient support services.

You will be based in our newly established clinic in Elizabeth, South Australia. The position is full-time, 5 days per week within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.30pm.

Experience in optical dispensing is essential and 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.
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 more information please see the position description here

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 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.

No recruitment agencies please!

 
Research

 

 

Animal Technician and Administration Support Officer

- Part time position (0.7) or job share
- Carlton location
- 12-18 month contract
- Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits

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

We are seeking a Animal Technician and Administrative Support Officer to join the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI) Division of the ACO. This position provides a critical service to research groups of the NVRI. The Animal Technician will liaise with relevant researchers in relation to day-to-day animal care, and in order to provide support for researchers. In addition, the Animal Technician is responsible for many of the basic administrative duties necessary to ensure the smooth running of the Animal House.

You are comfortable working autonomously, use initiative and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude. You are well organised, and strong communication skills. The successful applicant will have or be undertaking a relevant tertiary qualification, and prior experience in a similar role would be highly regarded.
The role is a maximum of 26.6 hours per week, to be worked across five days per week in either a sole of job share model.

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.

For more information please see the position description

Applications will close Friday 26 July 2019 and should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Administration

Receptionist

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 Clinical Services team at our Carlton and Braybrook locations.

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 based in our Carlton and Braybrook clinics and may be required to work from other metropolitan clinics from time to time.

The position is full-time, 5 days per week within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm. Part-time applicants will be considered. This is a 12 month contract 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 further information a position description can be found here

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter by email 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 Friday 19 July 2019 at 5pm.

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.

No recruitment agencies please!

 
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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