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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what optometrists need to know

  • This page contains specific advice to support Optometry Australia members and their patients.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and provide members with state-specific information via SMS or direct email as soon as possible.
  • The current status of the COVID-19 virus in Australia, advice and resources can be found at the Department of Health website and updates on each state government health website.
  • Rules are changing all the time – the very latest information will always be found on the respective state and territory government websites – click through via the link in the relevant row & column.
  • Even if mask wear is not mandated by a state or territory government, the wearing of P2/N95/KN95 respirators (masks) is strongly recommended for optometrists & practice staff.”
 Open Mask RequirementsMandatory Vaccination
for routine carefor optometrists and stafffor patients (over 12)for optometrists and practice staff
VicYesYes*YesYes
NSWYesNo but strongly encouraged No but strongly encouragedEmployer to conduct their own risk assessment risk assessments and consider vaccination requirements.
ACTYesNo but strongly encouraged No but strongly encouraged No
NTYes*YesYesNo
WAYesYesYesYes + mandatory booster within 1mth of eligibility
TASYes(From 1 July) No but strongly encouraged(From 1 July) No but strongly encouragedYes
SAYesYesYesYes + mandatory booster within 1 mth of eligibility
QLDYesYesYesYes

* See your state page for further information

Support for our members

We realise this is a difficult and uncertain time for all of us. Optometry Australia’s optometry advisor helpdesk offers our members dedicated experienced optometrists ready to provide confidential support.

Optometry Australia’s advisor helpdesk
Email: national@optometry.org.au
Phone: (03) 9668 8500
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm AEST

Other contacts

Australian Department of Health – National Coronavirus information Hotline
Website: Here
Phone: 1800 020 080
Hours: Operates 24/7

Australian Department of Business
Website: Here
Phone: 13 28 46
Operating hours: Seven days a week, 7.00am to 11.00pm AEST

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