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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.

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 (ACO) has vacancies for Graduate Optometrists with two intakes either late 2022 or early 2023.

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.

Interested? Apply Now!

For further information please refer to the position description below.

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

– a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria;

– a CV;

– Copies of academic transcripts to date; and

– Proof of your right to work in Australia (e.g., copy of your passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate or visa)

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Applications will close on Thursday 30 June 2022.

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has a vacancy for a Paediatric Resident in a newly created residency program.

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 to develop your skills in paediatric optometry. Year one will focus on consolidation of your primary clinical skills and developing your skills in paediatrics with focused rostered time in our paediatric clinic. Year two will also have you involved in more advanced clinical practice in paediatrics, with you working across both our Developmental and Binocular Vision (DBV), and Myopia clinics. You will undertake, at no cost to you, two ACO courses (one each year) — enabling you to benefit from the knowledge gained from on-the-job experience and from our education team.

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, 8.30 am to 5.45 pm between Monday-Saturday. Located at our Carlton and nominated ACO metro clinics.

Program Structure:

YEAR 1


– Consolidation of general clinical skills

– ACO Advanced Certificate in Children’s Vision – February start

– Intensive rostering across ACO paediatric clinical services

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YEAR 2


– Design and completion of research project in area of paediatric vision care

– ACO Certificate in Advanced Contact Lenses

– Further rostering into focused areas of Paediatric care – Developmental and Binocular vision, Myopia

– Mentoring support for year 1 residents


We offer:

– Not-For-Profit salary packaging benefits increasing your take home pay

– A wide range of state-of-the-art equipment

– No late nights, Sundays, or public holidays

– Mentoring opportunities

– Annual Optometrist Registration Board & Optometry Australia fees

– Personal ophthalmic equipment is insurance

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.  Clinical Residents will normally be appointed in their first three years of practice after graduation.

For further information please refer to the position description.

Interested? Apply Now!

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

– a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria;

– a CV;

– Copies of academic transcripts to date; and

– Proof of your right to work in Australia (e.g., copy of your passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate or visa)

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Applications will close on Thursday 30 June 2022.

We are seeking candidates to job share the role of Switchboard Attendant on a casual basis.

Benefits of the role:

– Shorter shifts — work around your commitments

– Give back to the community

– Carlton location

– Short term contract, job share arrangement

About the Opportunity:

Your role will be to welcome all patients, visitors, and employees at the ACO and ensure that they check in and are using PPE correctly. You will also assist with enquiries and accept deliveries as needed, as well as complete other administrative duties to assist the clinic. This role is ideal for students, a parent seeking to renter the workforce, or for a candidate seeking short term employment, as the duration of this position is currently unknown.

– Located at our Carlton clinic

– $27.60 per hour, depending on prior experience

– Rostered shifts will be 8am–12.45pm and 12.45pm–5.30pm – it is expected that candidates will be available for a minimum of 2 shifts per week between Monday and Saturday.

About you:

The successful applicant should:

– Have basic computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word)

– Be comfortable working with little supervision and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude

– A commitment to being punctual, presentable, and professional

– Enjoy working with people and have excellent communication skills.

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 will close on Monday 9 May 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:

To be successful in this role you should have:

– 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

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 May 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 $49,000–$52,000 including superannuation, depending on prior experience.

About the Opportunity:

You will provide front-of-house reception to patients, assist with dispensary services, and support optometrists in our busy optometry clinics. This includes booking appointments, answering phone enquiries, and taking payments as well as other adhoc administrative duties. You will be part of an experienced team in a role that is very much a group effort, with duties shared.

Benefits of the role:

– NFP salary packaging benefits – increase your take home pay up to $5,000!

– Full time

– No late nights, weekends, or Public Holidays

– Give back to your community

– Uniform Provided

About You:

To be successful in this role you should have:

– Completion of Year 12, relevant TAFE qualification, or equivalent combination of 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 and 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

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 May 2022.

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 DANDENONG/FRANKSTON


Key Details

– Full time (Part time may also be considered)

– Locations – Dandenong / Frankston (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

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.