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At the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) our vision is to achieve world leading eye health outcomes for all.

We are committed to improving the eye health and well-being of communities through clinical optometry practice, research and education. We are committed to creating a rewarding and positive working environment for all staff.

ACO optometrists recently spoke to MiVision about the range of work they can get involved in with the ACO. Read more here.

At the ACO we offer the following opportunities and benefits

  • Salary packaging benefits
  • A strong commitment to diversity
  • Professional learning and development
  • Employee assistance program
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Staff recognition program
  • Discounted glasses and contact lenses

Current opportunities


Key Information:

• Full or Part-time
• Hours — within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm with 1hr lunch
• Location — Carlton
• Remuneration — will range between $50,000–$56,000 pro rata including superannuation
• Salary packaging Benefits – increase your take home pay!

About the Opportunity:

This is a new role joining our clinical services team that will help us provide great clinical care to those who need it most. Your focus will be customer service as you will be responsible for greeting and interacting with patients via telephone and email. This will include helping them book in appointments, answering general questions or enquiries, and confirming appointments to ensure appointment utilisation is maximised.

About you:

• A strong service focus
• Relevant experience and/or training in a similar role/environment
• Well-developed communication skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft 365 applications and familiarity with website Content Management Systems
• A high level of self-motivation, enthusiasm for taking on new tasks and a willingness to undertake training when required

Please note due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination (2+ booster), or hold a medical exemption

INTERESTED? APPLY NOW!

To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

Applications will close 31 August 2022.

We will be reviewing candidates during this time and reserve the right to close applications sooner if suitable candidate is found. We encourage prospective candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Key Information:

• Part-time — .9 FTE (9-day fortnight) or .8 FTE (8-day fortnight)
• Hours — 7.6hrs
• Location — Carlton (some capacity for remote work)
• Remuneration — will range between $60,000–$69,999 including superannuation, depending on prior experience
• NFP salary packaging benefits — increase your take home pay!

About the Opportunity:

We know that hiring the right People and Culture professionals is the best way to ensure our people thrive, so that the ACO can succeed. We are looking for a hard-working individual with great organisation and interpersonal skills to join our small, but dedicated, People and Culture team.

This is a generalist role that will be providing operational and administrative support, helping us with important areas such as recruitment, contracts, screening checks, and employee file maintenance.

The successful candidate should have intermediate to high proficiency using MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams) and be comfortable learning new technical systems as needed. This position is an opportunity for someone with a keen interest in recruitment to develop their skills while remaining engaged in generalist functions as well.

About you:

• A strong service focus
• A qualification in human resources, or a related discipline
• 2 + years human resources experience
• Are committed to a diversity and equality culture
• Have high level communication and interpersonal skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft 365 applications

Please note due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination (2+ booster), or hold a medical exemption

INTERESTED? APPLY NOW!

To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

Applications will close 2 September 2022.

We will be reviewing candidates during this time and reserve the right to close applications sooner if suitable candidate is found. We encourage prospective candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Key details:

• Full-time — (38hrs/wk) Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday in Bayswater, Wednesday & Friday in Carlton

    • • OR Part-time (22.8hrs/wk) Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday Bayswater only

• Hours — within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm with 1hr lunch.
• Location — Knox Clinic & Carlton Clinic
• Remuneration — will range between $50,000–$56,000 pro rata including superannuation, depending on prior experience.

 

About the Opportunity:

This role provides optical dispensary services to patients and offers support to optometrists in our busy optometry clinics with tasks including repairs, glasses selection, and fittings. You will also be assisting to provide front-of-house customer service support with our reception team through booking appointments, answer phone enquiries, and taking payments.

Your focus will be on patient care and not meeting sales KPI’s. Our clinics serve the disadvantaged in our community to ensure they have access to the eyecare they need.

Benefits of the role:

• NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay up to $5,000!
• No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays
• Give back to your community
• Focus on clinical care not sales
• Uniform Provided

About You:

• Optical dispensing experience – Cert IV in Optical Dispensing an advantage
• A genuine desire to work in a client/patient facing role that requires great customer service skills
• A flexible attitude, be reliable and comfortable working in a team environment
• A good telephone manner and sound computer skills (including basic Microsoft Office Suite) essential
• A second language beneficials

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.

Interested? Apply Now!

To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

Applications close 19 August 2022

Key details:

• Full-time — (38hr/wk) either Tuesday–Saturday or Monday-Friday.
• Hours — within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm with 1hr lunch.
• Location — Carlton Clinic, with work at other ACO metropolitan clinics as required
• Remuneration — will range between $50,000–$56,000 including superannuation, depending on prior experience.

About the Opportunity:

This role provides optical dispensary services to patients and offers support to optometrists in our busy optometry clinics with tasks including repairs, glasses selection, and fittings. You will also be assisting to provide front-of-house customer service support with our reception team through booking appointments, answer phone enquiries, and taking payments.

Your focus will be on patient care and not meeting sales KPI’s. Our clinics serve the disadvantaged in our community to ensure they have access to the eyecare they need.

Benefits of the role:
• NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay up to $5,000!
• No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays
• Give back to your community
• Focus on clinical care not sales
• Uniform Provided

About You:

• Optical dispensing experience – Cert IV in Optical Dispensing an advantage
• A genuine desire to work in a client/patient facing role that requires great customer service skills
• A flexible attitude, be reliable and comfortable working in a team environment
• A good telephone manner and sound computer skills (including basic Microsoft Office Suite) essential
• A second language beneficial

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.
Interested? Apply Now!
To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

STAFF OPTOMETRISTS – CARLTON


Key Details

– Full time & Part time opportunities

– Locations – Carlton, ACO metro clinics

– 9-day fortnight for full time optometrists

– Work 8.30am-5.45pm with 45min lunch break

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays.

STAFF OPTOMETRISTS OUTREACH FOCUS


Key Details

– Full time (Part time may also be considered)

– Locations – ACO Outreach locations with some time at Carlton as required

– 9-day fortnight for full time optometrists

– Work 8.30am-5.45pm with 45min lunch break

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays

About the Opportunities:

We are seeking optometrists who are looking to make a difference in a public health setting. This is a unique experience in the practice of optometry with opportunities to be involved in more than just retail optometry — work in a range of specialty clinics, Outreach Clinics, and Clinical Teaching.

Our clinics are in the heart of their communities and allow you to have a direct impact on the health outcomes of patients from disadvantaged backgrounds. Your focus will be on clinical care, not sales. You will also have access to some specialty clinics to continue to develop your skills as an optometrist including our dedicated Paediatrics clinic, Specialist Contact Lenses, Glaucoma Clinic, and Dry Eye.

Outreach clinics put you directly in the community — aged care homes, Supported Residential Services, and other community hubs. This is high impact work based in Metropolitan Melbourne with potential for some trips into regional communities throughout Victoria.

ACO teaching clinics give you the opportunity to gain experience or reengage with shaping the next generation of the profession.

We also have a wide range of state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology, including wave front aberrometry, anterior and posterior OCT, confocal ophthalmoscopy, wide field fundus photography, and electrodiagnotics.

You will join a large and diverse team of Optometrists, with the ACO employing over 45 full time and part time optometry staff, as well many sessional optometrists from private practice. As an ACO staff optometrist you also enjoy access to low cost in-house professional development.

Benefits of the role:

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– Give back to your community

– No late nights or weekend work

– Access to state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology

– Focus on clinical care, not sales

– Low cost CPD

About You:

To be successful in this role you should have:

– Minimum 2 years of experience

– Registration to practice optometry in Australia and Therapeutic Endorsement

– Strong motivation to serve your community, particularly people who are disadvantaged

– A high level of competence in the areas of clinical equipment and technology, computers, and public speaking

– An additional language a plus.

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.

Interested? Apply Now!

To apply, please send our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

– a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and

– a CV

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

SESSIONAL OPTOMETRISTS SATURDAY (Carlton &/or Broadmeadows)


Key Details:

– Saturday preferred but other days may be considered

– Locations – Carlton, ACO metro clinics

– Work 8.30am-5.45pm with 45min lunch break

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays.

About the Opportunity:

We are looking for an experienced optometrist who wants to make a difference in a public health setting. This role is perfect for someone looking to be actively involved in shaping the next generation of the profession, with the opportunity to get involved in clinical teaching.

Both Carlton and Broadmeadows clinics are in the heart of their communities and allow you to have a direct impact on the health outcomes of patients from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is high reward work that will also give you exposure to complex clinical presentations. You will have access to some specialty clinics to continue to develop your skills as an optometrist such as our dedicated Paediatrics clinic, Contact lenses, or Glaucoma clinic.

This is a unique experience in the practice of optometry allowing you to give back to the community while also allowing you to develop your skills particularly  educator. You will join a large and diverse team of Optometrists, with the ACO employing over 45 full time and part time optometry staff, as well many sessional optometrists from private practice.

Benefits of the role:

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– Give back to your community

– Access to state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology

– Focus on clinical care, not sales

– Acces to low cost CPD

About You:

To be successful in this role you should have:

– Minimum 2 years of experience

– Registration to practice optometry in Australia and Therapeutic Endorsement

– Strong motivation to serve your community, particularly people who are disadvantaged

– A high level of competence in the areas of clinical equipment, technology, and computers

– An additional language a plus

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.

Interested? Apply Now!

To apply, please send our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

– a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and

– a CV

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Closed to Applications

 Applications are now closed. Successful candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews. 


The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has an opportunity for a Graduate Optometrist for our growing South Australia clinic Elizabeth Eyecare.

Why the ACO?

The ACO is committed to public eye health and providing the highest level of care for our patients. Your focus will be on clinical care and delivering full scope optometry practice to our patients, as you join our tight-knit team at our growing South Australian Practice.

During your two-year program, you will experience a unique clinical experience. You will have great access to peer feedback and assistance from our experienced site manager, who was once part of our graduate program themselves. 

Join us in improving the eye health and well-being of our community while you get your career off to a strong start.

Key Information:

• Two-year appointment to work as a full-time optometrist
• Work from 8.45 am to 5.30 pm between Monday-Friday
• Locations: Elizabeth Eyecare & outreach locations

We offer:

• Opportunities for continuous learning
• Not-For-Profit salary packaging benefits increasing you take home pay
• A wide range of state-of-the-art equipment
• No late nights, weekends, or public holidays
• Mentoring opportunities

About You:

Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in optometry practice, a desire to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge, motivation to contribute to the activities of the Clinic and the profession, and a dedication to serving the community.

 Applications are now closed. 


The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has vacancies for Graduate Optometrists with two intakes either late 2022 or early 2023 for Victoria.

Why the ACO?

The ACO is committed to public eye health and providing the highest level of care for our patients. Your focus will be on clinical care and delivering full scope optometry practice to our patients, as you join our team with over 45 optometry staff.

During your two-year program, you will experience a unique clinical experience. Commencing at our 25 room Carlton clinic, you will have unparalleled access to peer feedback and assistance from experienced optometrists, many of whom were once part of our graduate program themselves. All graduate optometrists will also experience how a smaller clinic runs, working at our metropolitan clinics. You will explore more advanced clinical practice while working across our paediatric, contact lenses and ocular disease services.

Join us in improving the eye health and well-being of our community while you get your career off to a strong start.

Key Information:

• Two-year appointment to work as a full-time optometrist
• Nine-day fortnights with a rostered day off
• Work from 8.30 am to 5.45 pm between Monday-Saturday
• Locations: Carlton and nominated ACO metro clinics

We offer:

• Opportunities for continuous learning
• Not-For-Profit salary packaging benefits increasing you take home pay
• A wide range of state-of-the-art equipment
• No late nights, Sundays, or public holidays
• Mentoring opportunities

About You:

Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in optometry practice, a desire to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge, motivation to contribute to the activities of the Clinic and the profession, and a dedication to serving the community.

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.

 Applications are now closed. 


About the Opportunity:

This is a rare opportunity to lead the ACO’s paediatric eye care services. We are looking for an optometrist with a high level of expertise in children’s vision and who is passionate about public eye care. Our paediatric services include myopia management, and developmental and binocular vision, as well as providing a unique clinical teaching environment for final year students. You will also help shape the skills and expertise of our own team of clinicians. This is a key clinical leadership role at the ACO, and you will help to shape the future of our paediatric services.  

 This is a full-time role (9-day fortnight, 8.5hr days) that will be based in Carlton with some work at ACO Metro locations. Part time applications may also be considered 

About You:

• Extensive clinical experience with children and adolescents
• Committed to providing the highest level of patient care
• Demonstrated ability to lead teams and drive change
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• A post graduate qualification in paediatric optometry or equivalent combination of training, education, and clinical experience

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date  with their COVID-19 vaccination (2+ booster), or hold a medical exemption.

About us:

• Australia’s leading provider of public eye care
• Support your clinical and leadership development
• Committed to clinical excellence and full scope optometry
• Collegiate and rewarding environment
• No late nights, Sundays, or public holidays
• Not for profit salary packaging – increase your take home pay

 Applications are now closed. 


About the Opportunity:

The ACO has a well-established clinical teaching program and plays a key role in shaping the next generation of optometrists. We are looking for an experienced optometrist who is passionate about education, to lead our clinical teaching program. You will build and strengthen relationships with optometry schools locally and internationally and shape the future direction of the student experience at the ACO.  

 This is a full-time role (9-day fortnight, 8.5hr days) that will be based in Carlton with some work at ACO Metro locations. Part time applications may also be considered. 

About You:

• Extensive clinical teaching experience
• Sound knowledge of clinical teaching best practice
• Committed to providing the highest level of patient care and student outcomes
• Demonstrated ability to lead teams and drive change
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• A post graduate qualification in clinical education or equivalent combination of training, education, and clinical experience

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date  with their COVID-19 vaccination (2+ booster), or hold a medical exemption.

About us:

• Australia’s leading provider of public eye care
• Support your clinical and leadership development
• Committed to clinical excellence and full scope optometry
• Collegiate and rewarding environment
• No late nights, Sundays, or public holidays
• Not for profit salary packaging – increase your take home pay

Current opportunities


VACANCY ON COUNCIL 


The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is an independent, not for profit, membership-based organisation, dedicated to preserving sight and preventing blindness. The ACO’s Mission is to improve the eye health and well-being of communities through innovation, partnership and leadership in:

Clinical optometry services – providing high quality public health eye care for communities in need and leading best practice;
Research – undertaking high Impact internationally recognised research to improve the understanding of vision science and eye care; and
Education – providing best practice clinical learning pathways for optometrists from initial training through to professional practice.

The ACO delivers a major public eye health program for the Victorian government and Indigenous eye health programs for the Commonwealth government, and undertakes basic, clinical and translational research in vision and eye health through the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI), a division of the ACO.

The ACO’s main clinic and head office is located in Carlton, Victoria and it currently has eight fixed site clinics across metropolitan Melbourne and one clinic in Elizabeth, South Australia.

The ACO Council is looking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced finance professional to be appointed to a skills-based position on Council for an initial period of two (2) years. The Councillor will be elected to the office of Honorary Treasurer (thereby serving as a member of the Executive Committee) as well as Chair of the Finance & Risk Committee.

Finance & Risk Committee
The Finance & Risk Committee comprises members of Council and independent appointees. It assists the ACO Council is discharging its oversight responsibilities, specifically with respect to:

• Financial reporting
• External audit
• Risk management
• Internal audit (if any)
• Investment policy and performance

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the Councillors filling the elected officers and is responsible for considering and dealing with all matters of special importance which arise between Council meetings.

Time Commitment
The Council meets from four and six times per year while the Finance & Risk Committee meets five times per year, usually two/three weeks preceding a Council meeting. The time commitment of the Honorary Treasurer also includes attendance and presentation at the Annual General Meeting.

Remuneration
The ACO does not remunerate members of the ACO Council but reimburses expenses properly incurred in respect of Council meetings, including travel and accommodation expenses. We welcome candidates from all States and Territories.

Required skills, qualifications and experience:

• Formal accounting qualifications
• Significant work experience in finance
• Previous experience in dealing with governance matters at a Board or Committee level
• A genuine desire to support the delivery of positive health outcomes in the community
• The highest standards of professionalism, integrity and objectivity
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collegial team
• Willingness to be an active contributor

In addition, the following would be highly desirable:

• Experience of providing governance oversight at a time of business change
• Graduate membership with Australian Institute of Company Directors

 

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 Islander peoples.

Application close on Friday, 16 September 2022 at 5:00 pm AEST.

Please email your interest with a resume to Hasaka Martin at companysecretary@aco.org.au

Key Information:

• Part-time — 3 days per week
• Location — Carlton, with some remote work possible
• Remuneration — will range between $85,000-$95,000 including superannuation, depending on prior experience.
• NFP Salary Packaging benefits

About the Opportunity

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for an experienced individual to join our friendly, hardworking Clinical Services team.

The Australian College of Optometry is committed to improving the eye health and quality of life of our community through clinical optometry practice, research, and education.  We have strong and established relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and stakeholders, working together for equitable eye health.  Our Reconciliation Action Plan provides the organisation with a roadmap for reconciliation.  It includes practical actions that will drive ACO’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.

This position is responsible for the planning, co-ordination, and development of ACO outreach programs to vulnerable communities and Aboriginal communities, including community engagement and stakeholder contract management. This position and will work closely with Optometrist Managers to support targeted and appropriate care provision.

About You:

• Demonstrated experience working and engaging with various cultural communities and organisations.
• Demonstrated experience working and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities, and organisations.
• Excellent understanding and awareness of issues affecting care provision to vulnerable communities.
• High-level interpersonal skills.
• Stakeholder management skills, with a record of establishing and sustaining strong relationships, including the ability to influence and achieve positive change.
• Experience and knowledge in the implementation of inclusive policies and practices across an organisation.

Interested? Apply Now!

To apply, please send our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria
• a CV

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Applications will close 18 September 2022.

We will be reviewing candidates during this time and reserve the right to close applications sooner if suitable candidate is found. We encourage prospective candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Key Information:

• Part-time — .9 FTE (9-day fortnight) or .8 FTE (8-day fortnight)
• Hours — 7.6hrs
• Location — Carlton (some capacity for remote work)
• Remuneration — will range between $60,000–$69,999 including superannuation, depending on prior experience
• NFP salary packaging benefits — increase your take home pay!

About the Opportunity:

We know that hiring the right People and Culture professionals is the best way to ensure our people thrive, so that the ACO can succeed. We are looking for a hard-working individual with great organisation and interpersonal skills to join our small, but dedicated, People and Culture team.

This is a generalist role that will be providing operational and administrative support, helping us with important areas such as recruitment, contracts, screening checks, and employee file maintenance.

The successful candidate should have intermediate to high proficiency using MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams) and be comfortable learning new technical systems as needed. This position is an opportunity for someone with a keen interest in recruitment to develop their skills while remaining engaged in generalist functions as well.

About you:

• A strong service focus
• A qualification in human resources, or a related discipline
• 2 + years human resources experience
• Are committed to a diversity and equality culture
• Have high level communication and interpersonal skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft 365 applications

Please note due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination (2+ booster), or hold a medical exemption

INTERESTED? APPLY NOW!

To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

Applications will close 2 September 2022.

We will be reviewing candidates during this time and reserve the right to close applications sooner if suitable candidate is found. We encourage prospective candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Key details:

• Full-time — (38hr/wk) Tuesday–Saturday
• Hours — 9.00am to 5.45pm with 1hr lunch
• Location — Carlton Clinic, with work at other ACO metropolitan clinics as required
• Remuneration — will range between $50,000–$56,000 including superannuation, depending on prior experience.

About the Opportunity:

The role provides front-of-house reception to patients, assists our dispensing team , and supports our optometrists in our optometry clinics. This includes booking appointments, answering phone enquiries, and taking payments as well as other adhoc administrative duties. You will be part of a team in a role that is very much a group effort, with duties shared.

Your focus will be on patient care. Our clinics serve the disadvantaged in our community to ensure they have access to the eyecare they need.

Benefits of the role:

• NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay up to $5,000!
• No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays
• Give back to your community
• Focus on clinical care not sales
• Uniform Provided

About You:

• Completion of Year 12, relevant TAFE qualification, or equivalent combination og relevant experience and education/training
• A genuine desire to work in a client/patient facing role that requires great customer service skills
• A flexible attitude, be reliable, and comfortable working in a team environment
• A good telephone manner
• Sound computer skills (including basic Microsoft Office Suite)
• A second language may be an advantage
• Optical dispensing experience or willingness to learn preferred

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.
Interested? Apply Now!
To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

Applications close Sunday 18 September 2022.

We will be reviewing candidates during this time and reserve the right to close applications sooner if a suitable candidate is found. We encourage prospective candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Key details:

• Full-time — (38hrs/wk) Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday in Bayswater, Wednesday & Friday in Carlton

    • • OR Part-time (22.8hrs/wk) Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday Bayswater only

• Hours — within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm with 1hr lunch.
• Location — Knox Clinic & Carlton Clinic
• Remuneration — will range between $50,000–$56,000 pro rata including superannuation, depending on prior experience.

 

About the Opportunity:

This role provides optical dispensary services to patients and offers support to optometrists in our busy optometry clinics with tasks including repairs, glasses selection, and fittings. You will also be assisting to provide front-of-house customer service support with our reception team through booking appointments, answer phone enquiries, and taking payments.

Your focus will be on patient care and not meeting sales KPI’s. Our clinics serve the disadvantaged in our community to ensure they have access to the eyecare they need.

Benefits of the role:

• NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay up to $5,000!
• No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays
• Give back to your community
• Focus on clinical care not sales
• Uniform Provided

About You:

• Optical dispensing experience – Cert IV in Optical Dispensing an advantage
• A genuine desire to work in a client/patient facing role that requires great customer service skills
• A flexible attitude, be reliable and comfortable working in a team environment
• A good telephone manner and sound computer skills (including basic Microsoft Office Suite) essential
• A second language beneficials

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.

Interested? Apply Now!

To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

Applications close 19 August 2022

Key details:

• Full-time — (38hr/wk) either Tuesday–Saturday or Monday-Friday.
• Hours — within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm with 1hr lunch.
• Location — Carlton Clinic, with work at other ACO metropolitan clinics as required
• Remuneration — will range between $50,000–$56,000 including superannuation, depending on prior experience.

About the Opportunity:

This role provides optical dispensary services to patients and offers support to optometrists in our busy optometry clinics with tasks including repairs, glasses selection, and fittings. You will also be assisting to provide front-of-house customer service support with our reception team through booking appointments, answer phone enquiries, and taking payments.

Your focus will be on patient care and not meeting sales KPI’s. Our clinics serve the disadvantaged in our community to ensure they have access to the eyecare they need.

Benefits of the role:
• NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay up to $5,000!
• No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays
• Give back to your community
• Focus on clinical care not sales
• Uniform Provided

About You:

• Optical dispensing experience – Cert IV in Optical Dispensing an advantage
• A genuine desire to work in a client/patient facing role that requires great customer service skills
• A flexible attitude, be reliable and comfortable working in a team environment
• A good telephone manner and sound computer skills (including basic Microsoft Office Suite) essential
• A second language beneficial

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.
Interested? Apply Now!
To apply, please send to our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

• a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
• a CV

STAFF OPTOMETRISTS – CARLTON


Key Details

– Full time & Part time opportunities

– Locations – Carlton, ACO metro clinics

– 9-day fortnight for full time optometrists

– Work 8.30am-5.45pm with 45min lunch break

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays.

STAFF OPTOMETRISTS OUTREACH FOCUS


Key Details

– Full time (Part time may also be considered)

– Locations – ACO Outreach locations with some time at Carlton as required

– 9-day fortnight for full time optometrists

– Work 8.30am-5.45pm with 45min lunch break

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– No late nights, Sundays, or Public Holidays

About the Opportunities:

We are seeking optometrists who are looking to make a difference in a public health setting. This is a unique experience in the practice of optometry with opportunities to be involved in more than just retail optometry — work in a range of specialty clinics, Outreach Clinics, and Clinical Teaching.

Our clinics are in the heart of their communities and allow you to have a direct impact on the health outcomes of patients from disadvantaged backgrounds. Your focus will be on clinical care, not sales. You will also have access to some specialty clinics to continue to develop your skills as an optometrist including our dedicated Paediatrics clinic, Specialist Contact Lenses, Glaucoma Clinic, and Dry Eye.

Outreach clinics put you directly in the community — aged care homes, Supported Residential Services, and other community hubs. This is high impact work based in Metropolitan Melbourne with potential for some trips into regional communities throughout Victoria.

ACO teaching clinics give you the opportunity to gain experience or reengage with shaping the next generation of the profession.

We also have a wide range of state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology, including wave front aberrometry, anterior and posterior OCT, confocal ophthalmoscopy, wide field fundus photography, and electrodiagnotics.

You will join a large and diverse team of Optometrists, with the ACO employing over 45 full time and part time optometry staff, as well many sessional optometrists from private practice. As an ACO staff optometrist you also enjoy access to low cost in-house professional development.

Benefits of the role:

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay!

– Give back to your community

– No late nights or weekend work

– Access to state-of-the-art ophthalmic technology

– Focus on clinical care, not sales

– Low cost CPD

About You:

To be successful in this role you should have:

– Minimum 2 years of experience

– Registration to practice optometry in Australia and Therapeutic Endorsement

– Strong motivation to serve your community, particularly people who are disadvantaged

– A high level of competence in the areas of clinical equipment and technology, computers, and public speaking

– An additional language a plus.

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.

Interested? Apply Now!

To apply, please send our People and Culture team at careers@aco.org.au

– a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria; and

– a CV

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Closed to Applications

 Applications are now closed. Successful candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews. 


The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has an opportunity for a Graduate Optometrist for our growing South Australia clinic Elizabeth Eyecare.

Why the ACO?

The ACO is committed to public eye health and providing the highest level of care for our patients. Your focus will be on clinical care and delivering full scope optometry practice to our patients, as you join our tight-knit team at our growing South Australian Practice.

During your two-year program, you will experience a unique clinical experience. You will have great access to peer feedback and assistance from our experienced site manager, who was once part of our graduate program themselves. 

Join us in improving the eye health and well-being of our community while you get your career off to a strong start.

Key Information:

• Two-year appointment to work as a full-time optometrist
• Work from 8.45 am to 5.30 pm between Monday-Friday
• Locations: Elizabeth Eyecare & outreach locations

We offer:

• Opportunities for continuous learning
• Not-For-Profit salary packaging benefits increasing you take home pay
• A wide range of state-of-the-art equipment
• No late nights, weekends, or public holidays
• Mentoring opportunities

About You:

Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in optometry practice, a desire to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge, motivation to contribute to the activities of the Clinic and the profession, and a dedication to serving the community.

 Applications are now closed. 


The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has vacancies for Graduate Optometrists with two intakes either late 2022 or early 2023 for Victoria.

Why the ACO?

The ACO is committed to public eye health and providing the highest level of care for our patients. Your focus will be on clinical care and delivering full scope optometry practice to our patients, as you join our team with over 45 optometry staff.

During your two-year program, you will experience a unique clinical experience. Commencing at our 25 room Carlton clinic, you will have unparalleled access to peer feedback and assistance from experienced optometrists, many of whom were once part of our graduate program themselves. All graduate optometrists will also experience how a smaller clinic runs, working at our metropolitan clinics. You will explore more advanced clinical practice while working across our paediatric, contact lenses and ocular disease services.

Join us in improving the eye health and well-being of our community while you get your career off to a strong start.

Key Information:

• Two-year appointment to work as a full-time optometrist
• Nine-day fortnights with a rostered day off
• Work from 8.30 am to 5.45 pm between Monday-Saturday
• Locations: Carlton and nominated ACO metro clinics

We offer:

• Opportunities for continuous learning
• Not-For-Profit salary packaging benefits increasing you take home pay
• A wide range of state-of-the-art equipment
• No late nights, Sundays, or public holidays
• Mentoring opportunities

About You:

Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in optometry practice, a desire to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge, motivation to contribute to the activities of the Clinic and the profession, and a dedication to serving the community.

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19 (2 doses & booster) or hold a medical exemption.

 Applications are now closed. 


About the Opportunity:

This is a rare opportunity to lead the ACO’s paediatric eye care services. We are looking for an optometrist with a high level of expertise in children’s vision and who is passionate about public eye care. Our paediatric services include myopia management, and developmental and binocular vision, as well as providing a unique clinical teaching environment for final year students. You will also help shape the skills and expertise of our own team of clinicians. This is a key clinical leadership role at the ACO, and you will help to shape the future of our paediatric services.  

 This is a full-time role (9-day fortnight, 8.5hr days) that will be based in Carlton with some work at ACO Metro locations. Part time applications may also be considered 

About You:

• Extensive clinical experience with children and adolescents
• Committed to providing the highest level of patient care
• Demonstrated ability to lead teams and drive change
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• A post graduate qualification in paediatric optometry or equivalent combination of training, education, and clinical experience

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date  with their COVID-19 vaccination (2+ booster), or hold a medical exemption.

About us:

• Australia’s leading provider of public eye care
• Support your clinical and leadership development
• Committed to clinical excellence and full scope optometry
• Collegiate and rewarding environment
• No late nights, Sundays, or public holidays
• Not for profit salary packaging – increase your take home pay

 Applications are now closed. 


About the Opportunity:

The ACO has a well-established clinical teaching program and plays a key role in shaping the next generation of optometrists. We are looking for an experienced optometrist who is passionate about education, to lead our clinical teaching program. You will build and strengthen relationships with optometry schools locally and internationally and shape the future direction of the student experience at the ACO.  

 This is a full-time role (9-day fortnight, 8.5hr days) that will be based in Carlton with some work at ACO Metro locations. Part time applications may also be considered. 

About You:

• Extensive clinical teaching experience
• Sound knowledge of clinical teaching best practice
• Committed to providing the highest level of patient care and student outcomes
• Demonstrated ability to lead teams and drive change
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• A post graduate qualification in clinical education or equivalent combination of training, education, and clinical experience

Please note: due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either up to date  with their COVID-19 vaccination (2+ booster), or hold a medical exemption.

About us:

• Australia’s leading provider of public eye care
• Support your clinical and leadership development
• Committed to clinical excellence and full scope optometry
• Collegiate and rewarding environment
• No late nights, Sundays, or public holidays
• Not for profit salary packaging – increase your take home pay

How to apply


Applications must include

  • A cover letter referring to the position title and addressing the key selection criteria
  • Your curriculum vitae, outlining past experience and qualifications
  • Current contact details for yourself and referees
  • Supporting documents as outlined in the position description

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an interview with a panel of two or more staff members. Depending on the seniority of the position a second interview may be conducted.


Communication

The ACO will make every effort to acknowledge applicants who have fulfilled the application requirements. We will endeavour to communicate with both successful and unsuccessful applicants in a timely manner. If you are seeking specific information and/or feedback regarding the outcome of your application please email careers@aco.org.au.

Employee screening

Employment for all positions is conditional on a satisfactory National Police Check (for working with children/vulnerable groups).  A Working with Children Check may be required for some positions


Diversity

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 applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Privacy notification

We collect personal information for the purpose of processing and considering your application in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2000.


Assessments

For some positions applicants may be required to undertake an assessment. The assessment process will be outlined prior to your interview.