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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 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.

This position is responsible for providing management and oversight to ensure the smooth operation of the Wyndham clinical facility, providing quality clinical services to patients, and for participating in the pursuit of the mission and objectives of the Division of Clinical Services and the ACO.

The person in this role provides leadership in optometry and in the operations, organisation, management and development of ACO clinical services in Wyndham location. In addition, the person provides management of Optometrists, and Clinic Support Services Staff (administration, reception and dispensing) in the Division of Clinical Services.

Our full time optometrists work a 9 day fortnight and are not required to work on Sundays or during the evening. Training will be required to be undertaken at our Carlton Clinic. The successful candidate will the transition to the newly established Wyndham Eye Care location.

A 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. Applications close 5pm, Friday 22 October 2021.

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.

We are currently seeking Maintenance Technician/Handyperson to join the team at the Australian College of Optometry for a short-term position.

– NFP salary packaging benefits

– Part time- 3 days per week

– 3–4 months (temporary position)

– Carlton location

 

About the ACO

The ACO is a not-for-profit organisation working in the public eye health space dedicated to preserving sight and preventing blindness.  We lead clinical best practice and educate the profession; deliver public eye health for those most in need; provide optometry training to students; supervise research and higher degrees; and undertake research through the National Vision Research Institute to improve understanding of vision and the diseases and disorders that impact on vision.

 

About the Role

The Facilities team are looking for a hard-working and flexible Maintenance Technician/Handyperson to join our team. Ideally an individual who provides a great attention to detail, either strong hands-on practical experience or a trade, along with competent levels of computer and organisational skills. The successful applicant will have a current Victorian Driving license and preferably have their own vehicle (travel reimbursed and company car available on ad hoc basis).

Reporting to the Building and Facilities Officer, your duties will include:

– Providing on-site support to ACO staff across all locations in relation to facilities & infrastructure;

– Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) and other health-checks;

– Onsite supplier liaison and oversight; and

– Some out of hours support.

 

Interested? For further information please refer to the position description.

Any queries should be directed to humanresources@aco.org.au

 

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

 

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 October 2021 at 5pm.

We will be reviewing candidates during this time and reserve the right to close applications sooner if a suitable candidate is found. We encourage prospective candidates to apply as soon as possible.

– Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits

– Part time- 3 days per week

– Carlton location

 

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for an Administration Assistant to join our Clinical Services team.

The Administrative Assistant, with a strong focus on rosters, will be responsible for the creation and publication of clinical staff rosters in the Division of Clinical Services of the ACO.  The incumbent will work with the Head of Clinic Operations and Service Improvement, and alongside daily operational staff, to ensure clinical staff rosters are accurate, support the clinical interests of staff and meet the needs of the ACO.  This position also requires the ability to support the needs of the different areas of the clinic, including general day-to-day administrative activities as required.

This position is a part time, 3 days per week appointment and will be based at our Carlton Clinic.

 

Interested?  Please see the position description for more information.

Any queries should be directed to jcaulfield@aco.org.au

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

 

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 October 2021 at 5pm.

We will be reviewing candidates during this time and reserve the right to close applications sooner if a suitable candidate is found. We encourage prospective candidates to apply as soon as possible.

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for an Accounts Clerk to join our friendly and bustling Finance team.

The role is full-time and for a temporary period of 6 months. NFP salary packaging benefits are available with the position located in our Carlton building. Work from home flexibility will also be available.

The ACO is a not-for-profit organisation working in the public eye health space dedicated to preserving sight and preventing blindness.  We lead clinical best practice and educate the profession; deliver public eye health for those most in need; provide optometry training to students; supervise research and higher degrees; and undertake research through the National Vision Research Institute to improve understanding of vision and the diseases and disorders that impact on vision.

The Finance team are looking for a hard-working and flexible Accounts clerk to join our team. Ideally an individual who provides a great attention to detail, a solid grasp of accounts understanding, along with competent levels of computer and organisational skills, and passion for continuous learning and development.  To be successful, the candidate should have previous accounts and payroll experience. Reporting to the Finance Manager, your duties will include:

– Ensuring all payroll transactions are processed accurately & efficiently within the dedicated time frames;

– Collecting, calculating, and entering data to maintain and update payroll information;

– Generating and delivering client invoices & correspondence;

– Maintaining the Accounts Receivable customer file and records;

– Entering supplier invoices and credit notes; and

– Supporting the other members of the Finance team across a range of administrative tasks.

 

For further information please refer to the position description.

 

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

 

Applications close Sunday 5 pm, 19 September 2021.

Not-for Profit

Salary packaging benefits- increase your take home pay!

Part time- 3 days per week

 

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for an experienced Executive Assistant to join our friendly, hardworking team Clinical Services team.

The ACO is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preserving sight and preventing blindness.  We lead clinical best practice and educate the profession; deliver public health eye for those most in need; teach optometry students; supervise research and higher degrees; and undertake research through the National Vision Research Institute to improve understanding of vision and the diseases and disorders that impact on vision.

This position coordinates our clinical services area and provides high level support to our Director of Clinical Services and Heads of Clinic. The incumbent is required to independently manage relevant projects, contribute to organisation-wide projects, and provide administrative assistance to other areas of the ACO.

You will be an experienced executive assistant with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Your computer skills are at an advanced level including Microsoft suite and you are familiar with website maintenance. Personally, you enjoy working autonomously and are well organised, you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and have a proactive ‘can do’ attitude.

Interested? For more information, please see the position description attached here or contact People and Culture on 9349 7524 for a confidential discussion

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

Applications close 5pm Friday 17th September 2021.

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.

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for full time optometrists to join our Clinical Services team at our Western locations 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. Training will be required to be undertaken at our Carlton Clinic but successful candidates will be based at our Western locations at Hoppers Crossing and Braybrook.

A 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. Applications close 5pm Monday 23rd August 2021.

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.

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.

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.