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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 and budget process

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.

Before doing anything else, Optometry Australia ensures that all members are covered by premium professional indemnity insurance and that members have instant access to a medico-legal hotline and confidential optometry advisor help in case something goes wrong.

After PII, budget is subsequently allocated to align with the strategic pillars with 30% of its funding apportioned to lead activities; 40% to engage programs; 15% to promoting optometry; and 15% assigned to endure, or support services. This means that 70% of our funding is concentrated on shoring up the future of our profession and on providing members with a comprehensive suite of services.


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