In Focus by Andrew McKinnon

The Countdown is On!


SILMO in five days. Super Sunday in nine days. Don't miss out!!

If you haven't already booked for both SILMO and Super Sunday, now is the time! The International Convention Centre, Sydney will host both events - SILMO from 9th-11th March and then Super Sunday on the 12th.

  • To register for Super Sunday 2017, click here.
  • To register for SILMO, click here.

New Penalty Rate Arrangements for General Retail Industry Award Staff

The Fair Work Commission has announced a reduction in penalty rates for General Retail Industry Award staff for Sunday and public holiday work. NOTE, the changes have not yet been implemented. At present all payments to staff remain as they are. The Commission has scheduled a phased reduction in penalty rates to start from 1 July 2017. We will keep you advised as we get closer to that date.

16th Annual Cornea & Contact Lens Congress 2017 - See the Light

The Congress is being held in Sydney from 8-10 September 21017. For more information please click here.

Your Association - Our Support for You

Sometimes the benefits of being an Association member are intangible – but still very valuable. One such intangible is the ability to be part of setting the future direction of your profession.

On your behalf, the Association has started discussions with other interested parties about what optometry’s next big leap should be.

The last big change was therapeutics – a massive change which broadened the scope of optometric practice more than most of us could have imagined. But what’s next? That’s where being a member becomes really exciting.

You have the opportunity to work with your Association to set our – your – future directions. Make sure you’re a part of the conversation!

The Association is here solely to safeguard your interests – we have extensive experience and knowledge, backed by specialist professional resources. That’s why you belong!

YWAM Medical Ships

YWAM Medical ships have a number of outreach opportunities for optometrists who wish to assist the people of PNG. For details on the upcoming trips click the image below.


Small Business Employers - Are You Ready for SuperStream?

SuperStream is a new system for the payment of superannuation contributions by small business employers. The standards come into force from 30 June 2016. For further information, click here.

Visiting Optometrists Scheme

The Visiting Optometrists Scheme is seeking expressions of interest from optometrists who may be interested in providing services to some of their outreach centres. For further information, click here.