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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.

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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   

Experienced Optometrists- 2+ years
Career Opportunity for Experienced Optometrists

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for three full time optometrists to join our Clinical Services team with a minimum of two years' experience. 

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.

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.

Our full time optometrists work a 9 day fortnight and are not required to work Sundays or evenings.

Registration to practice optometry in Australia and Therapeutic Endorsement is essential.

The successful candidates must register for Medicare provider numbers for each ACO location prior to their commencement.

Employment for all ACO positions is conditional on a satisfactory National Police Check vaid for eorking with Children/Vulnerable Groups.

Employment in hthis role is conditional on a satisfactory Working with Children Check.

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 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  


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