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.

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

The Australian College of Optometry is a not-for-profit organisation providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities.

We are looking for an approachable, hard-working and confident individual to join our friendly and dedicated Customer Service team in Clinical Services.

This role provides optical dispensary services to patients and offers support to optometrists in our busy optometry clinics, while also providing front-of-house customer service support.  You will be part of an experienced team in a role that is very much a group effort, with duties shared.

You will be primarily based at our Carlton Clinic but may be required to work at other metropolitan clinics from time to time.

The position is full-time — 5 days per week, Tuesday–Saturday within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm.

You should have optical dispensing experience and a genuine desire to work in a client/patient facing role that is about more than just good customer service.  You are flexible, punctual and reliable and possess excellent interpersonal skills.  A good telephone manner and sound computer skills are essential.  A second language may be an advantage. Remuneration will range between $48,625–$50,590 including superannuation, depending on prior experience.

For further information, please refer to the position description.

Applications can be submitted via email to humanresources@aco.org.au and must include a CV and covering letter.

Applications will close Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 5pm.

– Friendly team environment
– Carlton location
– Early career position
– NFP salary packaging benefits
– Part time (0.8 EFT)
– $45,000–$48,625, pro rata

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is a not-for-profit organisation and is a leader in public eye care, vision research and education.

We are looking for an administration assistant to join our supportive Education, Membership, & Marketing team, providing a broad range of administration support to all functions of the team.  The position, based in Carlton, is part-time (0.8 EFT) on a 3-year fixed-term contract.

This is an early career position, suitable for a recent school leaver or graduate. To be successful in this role you will need good organisational and time management skills, a strong attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills.  You will be proficient with MS Office and any experience with other computer programs will be well regarded.  You will be a team player, reliable, flexible, and above, all a keen learner with a positive attitude towards taking on new challenges.

Interested? For more details please see the position description

Written applications, including a CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria, should be sent by email to humanresources@aco.org.au

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 21 April 2021 

We are seeking a Research Fellow to join the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI) Division of the Australian College of Optometry (ACO). This is an exciting position supported by the Lions Clubs of Victoria to fund vision research. The successful candidate will have the chance to be part of a high-profile research institute with unique career advancement possibilities.

The position is required to conduct multi cell recording from the visual cortex as part of projects to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying visual processing and development of implantable bionic devices. The work will be conducted with teams of physiologists, engineers and physicists at the NVRI, University of Melbourne and other institutions. The end goal is to develop knowledge of the visual system and devices that can communicate directly with the brain.

For more information, please refer to the position description.

Applications can be submitted via email to humanresources@aco.org.au and must include a CV and covering letter.

Applications will close Thursday 15 April 2021, we reserve the right to hire prior to the closing date.

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for 2 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. We 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.

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 on Sundays or during the evening. We are seeking one optometrist interested in working at our South East locations including Dandenong and Frankston, as well as Carlton, and one optometrist for the West, including Braybrook, Hoppers Crossing and Carlton.

The successful candidate must register for Medicare provider numbers for each ACO location prior to their commencement. Registration to practice optometry in Australia and Therapeutic Endorsement is essential.

For more information, please refer to the position description.

To apply, please send a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria and a CV to humanresources@aco.org.au.

Applications will close Friday 16 April 2021.

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.


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 humanresources@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


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.

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