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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

Applications will close on Sunday 30 June at 11.59pm

 
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

Applications will close on Sunday 30 June 2019 at 11.59pm.

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!

 
Education

 

 

 

 

Education Coordinator

  • Diverse role
  • Competitive salary plus salary packaging benefits
  • Full Time (Part Time- 0.8 FTE optional)

 

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is seeking an experienced, positive and outgoing training and events coordinator to assist our Education Division in promoting and delivering the ACO’s programs of continuing education.

The ACO is a not-for-profit, membership based organisation, providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities; carrying out vision research and delivering programs of continuing professional development and education for optometrists.

The Education Coordinator administers the ACOs Continuing Professional Development program, promotes our activities to members and other potential participants/optometrists.

You will have experience in coordinating CPD/training programs and activities, CPD accreditation, and in facilitating meetings and events, preferably in a membership based and/or health care organisation. You will be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, have a sound understanding of membership and CPD databases (preferably iMIS) and experience with web site maintenance, graphic design and desktop publishing. Your excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential to this role as are your strong organisational skills, attention to detail and ability to work as part of a small collaborative team.

A relevant Business, Education or Administrative tertiary qualification will be highly regarded.

A position description is available here. If you require additional information please email Marcel Mihulka at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please apply by sending your CV and a cover letter of no more than one page expressing your motivation for applying and how your skills align with the role to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Closing date for applications is 17 June 2019 at 2 pm.

 
Administration

Junior Accounts Clerk

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for Junior Accounts Clerk to join our friendly and hard-working Finance team.

We offer:

  • Not-for Profit
  • Competitive salary plus salary packaging benefits
  • Part-time 3 days per week
  • Carlton location

 

The ACO is a not-for-profit organisation providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities. 

We are looking for a hard-working and flexible junior accounts clerk to join our friendly and supportive Finance team.

To be successful in this entry level position, you’re required to have good computer and organisational skills, a close attention to detail and a willingness to learn. The postholder will be expected to:

  • play a key role in the day-to-day processing of a range of financial transactions, including Medicare claims arising from patient consultations; and
  • support the other members of the Finance team across a range of administrative tasks.

 

Interested? For more information please see the position description attached here or contact HR Coordinator, Chelsey Seamer on 9349 7550 for a confidential discussion.

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 26th May 2019.  

 
Graduate positions

Opportunity for Graduate Optometrists

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has vacancies for Graduate Optometrists commencing either mid 2019 or early 2020.

The ACO provides a unique experience in the practice of optometry. It operates a large public optometry clinic and currently employs over 45 full time and part time optometry staff. Our main site is located in Carlton and we operate a network of clinics in community health settings across suburban Melbourne, as well as outreach services to particularly disadvantaged community groups.

We offer:

  • Opportunities for continuous learning
  • Competitive salary plus Not-For-Profit salary packaging benefits
  • A wide range of state of the art ophthalmic technology

 

Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in optometry practice, a desire to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge, motivation to contribute to the activities of the Clinic and the profession, and a dedication to serving the community.

Graduate Optometrists:

  • Accept a two year appointment to work as a full time optometrist
  • Work nine day fortnights (usual Clinic hours are 8.30 am to 5.45 pm weekdays and Saturday)
  • Undertake clinical duties in ACO metropolitan, outreach and specialist clinics
  • Will be expected to work at and travel independently to multiple sites.
  • Are supported by a full complement of clinical equipment, experienced staff, a large peer group and a mentoring program

 

Interested in public health optometry? For further information a position description can be found 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 cover letter addressing why the position is of interest to you, your CV, names of two referees, copies of academic transcripts to date and proof of your right to work in Australia on an unrestricted basis (eg copy of your passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate or visa), should be submitted to the HR Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications will close on Friday 3 May 2019.

Employment in this position is conditional on a satisfactory National Police Check valid for working with Children/Vulnerable Groups and a Working with Children Check.

 
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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