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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


-Opportunity to lead a national allied health organisation in the next phase of its development

-Provide values-based, contemporary leadership

-Drive outcomes for communities in need

The Council of the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) seeks an ambitious and capable leader to pursue the strategic objectives of the ACO within changing landscapes and environments. This is a unique and important opportunity to lead a national organisation committed to its vision of achieving world leading eye health outcomes for all.

The ACO is governed by a Council, which acts as its board of governance; the majority of Councillors are optometrists elected by ACO members, only one of whom is in fulltime clinical practice. The key to success for the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be to bring strategic governance skills to the position and be a visionary leader for the future of public eye health.

With outstanding interpersonal and stakeholder management skills, the successful candidate will be an experienced leader with a proven ability to advocate diplomatically, build effective partnerships and foster a collaborative culture.  Experience in corporate governance and operational leadership will be essential, with strong business acumen, financial stewardship, an innovative outlook and a commitment to accountability and transparency.  A track record in building and leading a high performing team and values-based culture will be key to success.  The appointee will hold relevant tertiary qualifications.  An existing knowledge of the optometry landscape will be highly regarded, but is not essential.

The Organisation

The Australian College of Optometry is a member network of metropolitan clinics and private practices in regional Victoria, providing eye care to over 70,000 Victorians each year.  The only organisation in Australia specialising in each of the areas of public health optometry, vision research and optometry student and professional education, the ACO is committed to improving the eye health and wellbeing of Australian communities through innovation, partnership and leadership.  It is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable eye care and advancing the profession through world-class research and education.

For more information about the position visit: https://fisherleadership.com/opportunities/aco-chief-executive-officer/

Applications close:  14 May 2021

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.

The role provides front-of-house reception to patients, assists with dispensary services and supports optometrists in our busy optometry clinics.  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, Monday- Friday with occasional Saturdays within our clinic hours of 8.00am to 5.45pm.

You should have customer service/reception 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. Optical dispensing experience preferred. 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 careers@aco.org.au and must include a CV and covering letter referencing the position and location you are applying for. Applications close 5pm Friday 28 May 2021.

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 is an exciting opportunity to be part of the team opening our new Hoppers Crossing clinic.

The role provides front-of-house reception to patients, assists with dispensary services and supports optometrists in our busy optometry clinics.  You will be part of an experienced team in a role that is very much a group effort, with duties shared.

You will be based at our new Hoppers Crossing clinic but will be required to work from our Carlton clinic during training and while our new clinic builds its patient base.

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

You should have customer service/reception 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. Optical dispensing experience preferred. 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 careers@aco.org.au and must include a CV and covering letter referencing the position and location you are applying for. Applications close 5pm Friday 28 May 2021.

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 is an exciting opportunity to be part of the team opening our new Knox clinic.

The role provides front-of-house reception to patients, assists with dispensary services and supports optometrists in our busy optometry clinics.  You will be part of an experienced team in a role that is very much a group effort, with duties shared.

You will be based at our new Knox clinic but will be required to work from our Carlton clinic during training and while our new clinic builds its patient base.

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

You should have customer service/reception 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. Dispensing experience preferred. 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 careers@aco.org.au and must include a CV and covering letter referencing the position and location you are applying for. Applications close 5pm Friday 28 May 2021.

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 one optometrist for the West, including Braybrook and Hoppers Crossing. Training will be required to be undertaken at our Carlton Clinic.

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 careers@aco.org.au referencing the position and location you are applying for. Applications close 5pm Friday 4 June 2021.

The Australian College of Optometry’s National Vision Research Institute is seeking expressions of interest from an optometrist or orthoptist who is considering undertaking further graduate research study in a vision related area, where the research work can be feasibly conducted through the College’s clinical sites. The higher degree is hosted by the University of Melbourne.

Eligibility criteria: Must meet University of Melbourne entry requirements for MPhil or PhD, must be eligible for University of Melbourne Research Training Program Scholarship or able to demonstrate ability to self-fund tuition fees.

Study options: Full time or part time MPhil (Masters by Research) or PhD.

Completion time: 2 years (MPhil) to 4 years (PhD) full time, 4 years (MPhil) to 8 years (PhD) part time.

Supervisory team: Dr Marianne Coleman and Professor Michael Ibbotson (National Vision Research Institute), Dr Jess Heerde (Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne Medical School), and Professor Allison McKendrick (Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences), University of Melbourne.

The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 from the Australian College of Optometry (or a pro rata amount if studying part time), funded by the Beresford-Cambridge Trust Fund. For optometrist candidates, the ACO will also consider offering flexible part-time or sessional employment. This is a wonderful opportunity for optometrists to gain clinical research skills and experience while maintaining some time in practice.

A project proposal is outlined here, please contact Marianne (marianne.coleman@unimelb.edu.au) to express interest in this opportunity or if you would like to discuss an alternative project.

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has vacancies for Graduate Optometrists commencing either mid 2021 or early 2022.

The ACO provides a unique experience in the practice of optometry. It operates a large public optometry clinic and currently 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 suburban Melbourne, as well as outreach services to particularly disadvantaged community groups.

We offer:

– Opportunities for continuous learning

– Competitive salary plus Not-For-Profit salary packaging benefits

– A wide range of state of the art ophthalmic technology

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.

Graduate Optometrists:

– Accept a two year appointment to work as a full time optometrist

– Work nine day fortnights (usual Clinic hours are 8.30 am to 5.45 pm weekdays and Saturday)

– Undertake clinical duties in ACO metropolitan, outreach and specialist clinics

– Are supported by a full complement of clinical equipment, experienced staff, a large peer group and a mentoring program

For further information a position description can be located here.

Written applications, including a cover letter addressing why the position is of interest to you, your CV, names of two referees, copies of academic transcripts to date and proof of your right to work in Australia on an unrestricted basis (eg copy of your passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate or visa), should be submitted to People and Culture at careers@aco.org.au. Enquiries about the position may also may be directed to this email.

Applications will close on Wednesday 30 June 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.


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.