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Subsidised spectacle schemes

Government funded spectacle schemes that support eligible patients to access subsidises for prescription glasses are operated by all state and territory governments in Australia. Patient eligibility, subsidy size, product coverage and the role of the optometrist in supporting patient access to the scheme, differs across jurisdictions. In addition to spectacles, some states cover contact lenses and low vision aids for eligible patients.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Spectacles Subsidy Scheme 

New South Wales

NSW Spectacle Program

Northern Territory

NT Concession Scheme


Queensland’s Spectacle Supply Scheme


Victorian Eyecare Service (VES)
Victorian Aboriginal Spectacle Subsidy Scheme (VASSS)

South Australia



Tasmania’s Spectacle Assistance Scheme

Western Australia

WA Spectacle Subsidy Scheme

Optometrists can play an important role in supporting eligible patients to access these schemes. Optometry Australia members can contact or call (03) 9668 8500 for more information.

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