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Who we are

Optometry Australia represents the largest community of optometrists in Australia with 85% of all registered optometrists our member. Since 1918 we have united the optometry sector to make Australia a world leader in the delivery of vision and eye health services and patient care. With our 100+ year history servicing optometrists and evolving optometry, no other organisation understands our profession like us, or has a more influential voice.

What we do

We are committed to achieving excellence in eye and vision care and our mission is to lead, engage and promote optometry, optometrists and community eye health and vision care.

Our members benefit from our strong sector leadership, our expert clinical and practice management advice and support, and our member-only comprehensive professional development and networking opportunities.

Our consumer campaigns raise the profile of optometry as a profession, as well as promoting individual members, and their skills, to potential patients.

Our advocacy work at the national and state and territory levels, ensures that our members have a voice in Canberra and wherever it counts. Our organisation is our members’ seat at the table whenever important decisions about optometry and eye health are made.

Our whole-of-career professional indemnity insurance policy is the best for our members, regardless of where or how they work.

Organisational structure

We are a federated, not-for-profit organisation, which means that all of our profits are reinvested into services for our members. We’re comprised of a national organisation which collaborates with six state divisions through the delivery of member services and optometry advancement guided by a Shared Strategic Plan.

You can find out more about our national organisation and state divisions by clicking on the links below.

Shared Strategic Plan

Optometry Australia and all state divisions jointly collaborate to create the federation’s Shared Strategic Plan. Its framework is based on four pillars: lead, engage, promote and endure. Optometry Australia’s budget is subsequently allocated to supporting these pillars.

Managing Risks

To effectively manage risk, Optometry Australia has established a risk management framework that identifies, analyses, evaluates, and monitors risks at both the organisational and operational levels. More more detail, please read our Risk Appetite Statement.


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Madeline Baker awarded inaugural OV/SA LOOK Local Scholarship

The inaugural OV/SA Looking Outward on Optometric Knowledge (LOOK) Local Scholarship has been awarded to Victorian member, Madeline Baker. She will use her scholarship to investigate the factors behind the prevalence of mental ill-health in the optometric workforce, then develop a comprehensive mental health and wellbeing framework.
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Meet 2023 OV/SA Student Award winner, Anna Reid

Meet the 2023 OV/SA Student Award winner for The University of Melbourne, Anna Reid. OV/SA awards are given to students, as selected by their university faculty, who demonstrate both academic excellence and commitment to patient care and professionalism.
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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.