ACO awards nominations


Annual Awards – Nominations Open

Since 1954, the Australian College of Optometry has recognised outstanding achievements by those in the Optometry profession. It has presented awards to recognise the service of both members and non-members who are held in high esteem by colleagues and peers and who have contributed to the ACO and/or the optometry profession.

The ACO invites its members to make recommendations for recipients of the ACO Honorary Life Membership Award and the ACO Member Award for Outstanding Service.

ACO Honorary Life Membership Award criteria

Awarded to those who:-

  • Have provided distinguished and meritorious service, such as to the ACO or to the profession;
  • Are held in high esteem for their work and contributions in and outside of the ACO;
  • Have served the Council in a leadership position for a lengthy period;
  • Have been instrumental in bringing about positive change in terms of the ACO’s achievements;
  • Have been influential in the community, having earned the respect and recognition of their colleagues;
  • Non-members who have made significant contribution to vision, health and/or research and earned the recognition of the members of the ACO.


ACO Member Award for Outstanding Service criteria

Exceptional contribution of an ACO member who is/has:

  • Contributed actively to the governance of the ACO, either on a Committee and/or Council;
  • Consistently and generously provided support, time and advice beyond the expectations of a Committee/Council;
  • Always upheld and promoted the principles and practices of the ACO in a positive and beneficial light;
  • Highly regarded by peers;
  • Contributed for a lengthy period (10 years or more), generally continuous (except where the member’s service has been interrupted by working overseas for a set period).

How do I nominate someone?

To nominate someone for one of these awards complete the Nomination Form (this form is a fillable PDF) and email to
You will need to complete your own details for our internal processes but if you’d like your nomination to remain anonymous, tick the box provided on the nomination form.

Nominations close Wednesday 18th March 2020

All enquiries re nomination please contact (03) 9349 7578 or email

Please note
Recipients of the ACO Honorary Life Membership Award may be ACO members or non-members who have provided service to the ACO or the industry.
Recipients of the ACO Member Award for Outstanding Service must be members of the Australian College of Optometry.