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) is looking for 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. Training will be required to be undertaken at our Carlton Clinic but we have several metropolitan locations candidates can work across.

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 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.

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 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

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