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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.

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


Make an impact in rural communities by providing quality eye care across Victoria. 

We are looking for an outgoing optometrist to join our Clinical Services team in the role of Staff Optometrist – RFDS Rural Community Services. We will consider full or part time applications to join the ACO clinical services team and the Flying Doctor Mobile Eye Care program, to help make an impact in communities by providing quality eye care across Victoria.

Benefits of the role:

• Explore Victoria’s countryside
• Give back to rural and remote communities, by helping patients who would otherwise struggle to access eye care
• Perform work that encourages autonomy and skill development
• Focus on clinical care, not sales
• Low cost CPD
• NFP salary packaging benefits- increase your take home pay!

About the Opportunity:

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is committed to improving the eye health and wellbeing of communities through our clinical optometry services. Working in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Victoria, the ACO delivers a mobile eye care program that provides free eye care to various districts in rural and remote Victoria. This important service, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2023, is currently provided within the Mallee, Wimmera, and East Gippsland regions.

Optometrists working with the Flying Doctor Mobile Eyecare program enjoy varied work schedules that see them embark on at least three trips, each a week-long (Monday to Friday), every year. As part of each trip, optometrists are provided with:

• a vehicle
• paid travel hours
• accommodation
• all meals

The role offers the unique opportunity to explore country Victoria and discover the charming character of the state’s many rural communities, including tasting Australia’s best vanilla slice in Birchip, participating in local pub raffles, and viewing the pink salt lakes in the Mallee.

When based in ACO metropolitan locations, you will have the opportunity to expand your clinical skills by working in a range of advanced clinics, such as paediatrics, myopia, dry eye disease, and contract lenses, as well as having the ability to shape the next generation of the profession through your involvement in our clinical teaching program.

This role is truly unique, as it allows metro-based optometrists to add a little variety to their workload. By working in partnership with the RFDS Victoria, successful applicants will be providing a vital service to Victorians in our state’s most remote corners, helping isolated and often disadvantaged community members who otherwise may not receive the care they need. Our rural 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. At the ACO, our focus is always on providing the highest level of clinical care to our patients.

Please note due to government mandates, all ACO employees are required to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a medical exemption.

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
• A desire to travel and explore Victoria

Interested?

For further information, please refer to the position description, or read more about the experience through, ACO Optometrist, Austin’s story: https://rfds.shorthandstories.com/eye-care-birchip/index.html.

Applications can be sent via email to careers@aco.org.au and must include a CV and covering letter. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

The closing date for applications is 19 November 2022. 

Key Information:

• Part-time — 3 days per week
• Location — Carlton, with some remote work possible
• Remuneration — will range between $50,000 – $55,000 including superannuation, depending on prior experience.
• NFP Salary Packaging benefits

About the Opportunity

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for an junior administrator 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 communities and stakeholders, working together for equitable eye health.

This position is position is responsible for providing administration assistance to the Victorian Eyecare Service (VES), Outreach Services, and may participate in other ways to the pursuit of the mission and objectives of the Clinic and the ACO. In addition, assistance to the front of house customer services team may be required from time to time.

About You:

• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Well organised and ability to juggle priorities
• Punctual and reliable
• Customer service skills
• Sound computer skills
• Ability to liaise with external parties

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
• a CV

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Applications will close 13 November 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) 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. 


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.

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.