Student Membership

Free of charge for optometry students

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) invites all students of  optometry courses in Australia and New Zealand to join as student members. Student membership is free of charge. It allows students to enjoy and experience some of the benefits of membership during their University studies.

What is the Australian College of Optometry?

The ACO is an independent, not for profit membership based organisation committed to preserving sight and preventing blindness.

We are dedicated to:

  • Supporting the education and development of current and new generations of optometrists
  • The advancement of eye and vision care through research and graduate education; and
  • The care of communities experiencing disadvantage through the provision of comprehensive public health eye care services.

Why join?

  • Strengthen your networks and build relationships
  • Grow your skills, knowledge and industry connections
  • Enhance your career opportunities and invest in your future
  • Develop your leadership potential and expertise
  • Use specialist resources to support your studies through the Nathan Library
  • Be recognised for student excellence via awards

Student membership entitles you to:

  • Attend the ACO Seminar Series (free of charge)
  • Access services and resources from the Nathan Library including borrowing trial lens sets, schematic eyes and cross cylinders
  • Be invited to participate as a paid subject in clinical workshops
  • Book ACO facilities for student meetings and agreed other purposes
  • Receive our electronic newsletter inFocus
  • Purchase our ‘student only’ learning package, offering podcasts of webinars and seminars online (contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information)
  • Attend ACO continuing education events at discounted rates
  • Receive notification of employment opportunities
ACO student online learning package 
To meet the busy needs of today’s optometrists and students, the ACO has developed a convenient way for student members to access our on-line learning resources via the ACO Centre for Online Resources and E-learning (ACO CORE) for $50 per year. Once you subscribe you will receive your unique username and login details. Download the registration form for more details.


Become a student member

To join the ACO as a student member, just apply online.

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