Join a collegial optometry community of over 1000 optometrists and students across. Australia and New Zealand helping to promote the importance of eye health to the public, whilst enjoying an extensive range of membership benefits.

Why join the ACO?

ACO Members become part of a respected optometry organisation dedicated to improving eye health outcomes for the community. Members gain access to range of benefits including significant discounts on all of our education programs.

Continuing education

A flexible, innovative education program for optometrists across a broad range of clinical areas.


Recognising members who have made a significant contribution to the optometry profession and the community.

Travel grants

Gain knowledge of international best practice or contribute your skills to a disadvantaged community with the aid of an ACO travel grant.

Newsletters and publications

Stay up to date with the ACO and receive bi-monthly membership e-newsletters  and other ACO publications.

Library resources

A specialist collection of books, journal articles and other optometry, ophthalmology and vision science resources from the Nathan Library.

ACO awards

ACO awards recognise outstanding achievements by those in the optometry community.

How to join

To join our ACO community please complete the online application form.

Student membership

As an optometry student, you are a future leader in the field of optometry. Student membership at the ACO gives you the foundation upon which to develop your skills, professional networks and career goals.

NVRI membership

Become an NVRI member and help us improve health outcomes in the community through research into vision and its disorders. Your contribution will allow the NVRI to continue its valuable work in preserving sight and preventing blindness. To find out more, email us at membership@aco.org.au

“ACO membership is an important part of the profession. The ACO’s services, reputation and community services all significantly contribute to the standing of the profession.”

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