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
New South Wales
Optometrists can play an important role in supporting eligible patients to access these schemes. Optometry Australia members can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9668 8500 for more information.