Join the ACO

Membership to the Australian College of Optometry 

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is a non-profit, member-based organisation dedicated to improving eye health outcomes for the community.

We provide best practice clinical learning pathways for optometrists from pre-registration through to professional practice. Our Continuing Professional Development program offers flexible, innovative education for optometrists across a broad range of clinical areas.

ACO Members join a collegial professional community helping to promote the importance of eye health to the public and health professionals, and also gain access to a range of membership benefits.  View membership benefits

“ACO Membership is an important part of the profession. The ACO’s services, reputation and community services all significantly contribute to the standing of the profession.”

 For more information download the ACO membership brochure

Becoming a Member of the ACO

Optometrists, optometry students and members of the community with a special interest in optometry, are invited to apply for membership, using the Membership Application Form. All members of the ACO agree to abide by the ACO's Code of Ethics & Conduct Standards.


2020 Membership Application Form


Membership Categories of the ACO and Associated Fees for 2020 are as follows

Category of Membership

Fee $AUD  


Fee $AUD



Member $355 $322.73

An optometrist who is registered to practise in Australia or New Zealand

Member working less than 10 hours

$265 $240.91 Registered optometrist eligible for ACO Membership but currently working less than 10  hours per week (25% discount)

Non Practicing Optometrist

$180 $163.64 Registered optometrist eligible for Full ACO Membership but currently non practicing (due to illnees ore retired, 

taking parental or study leave) (50% discount)

Honorary Member – Life

Free Free

Life membership granted by Council to honour distinguished and honourable service

Honorary Member – Retired

Free Free

Member for 30 years or more and aged 65 or over


$180 $163.64

Resides outside Australia or New Zealand, holds an overseas qualification in optometry and is not currently registered 

to practise in Australia or New Zealand

Associate $60 $54.55

Those with a special interest in optometry or an allied field

Associate (CPD) $180 $163.64 Those with a special interest in optometry or an allied field who also want to access continuous professional development.
First Year Graduate* Free Free

New graduates within 12 months of qualifying from an Australian or New Zealand optometry school.  Maximum period of membership at

this level is 12 months of the calendar year immediately following their graduating year.

Student* Free Free

Free membership for students at Australian or New Zealand optometry schools .  No access to CPD points.

 Note: All fees include GST. Where a member resides overseas, GST is not applicable. 

*Non-voting member

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