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.

Hear what our optometrists have to say about the range of work they can get involved in with the ACO – here.

A dispensing team member assists a patient.
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

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 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


The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQI+ people, people living with disability and those from culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Privacy notification

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


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

Graduate Program

Graduates accepted into the ACO’s two-year program will have the unparalleled opportunity to demonstrate and expand their clinical skillset with challenging and interesting cases, supported by ACO’s expert clinicians.

Launch your career in a truly unique public health setting which prioritises excellence and health outcomes above all else.


  • Work across 25-room Carlton clinic and ACO satellite clinics
  • Dedicated mentoring and training time
  • Gain hands-on experience in ACO’s advanced clinics, including: paediatrics, contact lenses and ocular disease services
  • Unrivalled peer feedback and support
  • Access to Manager of Clinical Governance & Training, Manager of Daily Operations & senior clinicians for second opinions
  • Begin with 1-hour appointments before moving to ACO standard 50-minute consults (10 patients per day)
  • Opportunities to work in ACO’s Outreach Programs
A graduate optometrist consults with an elderly male patient