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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   

 Membership & Communications Assistant



  • Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
  • Part-time, 3-4 days per week
  • 12 month contract, with potential to extend
  • Carlton location

 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 Membership & Communications Assistant to join our experienced marketing team. This new position will be responsible for the coordination and administration of membership services and member renewals and communications.  You will be part of a small collaborative team providing marketing services to various divisions in the organisation.

The position is part-time, 3-4 days per week, days negotiable. 

You should have a Certificate IV in Business Administration, be studying towards a Degree in Marketing or have relevant experience.  Advanced computer skills are essential; familiarity with membership databases, desktop publishing, website maintenance and social media an advantage.

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 and written communication skills.


Does this describe you? If so, further details can be found on our position 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 5 May 2017. 

  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