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Read the latest news affecting the optometry profession.

12 Aug 2016

VOTE Trust grant applications open

Applications for funding are now open under the Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust.
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09 Aug 2016

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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05 Jul 2016

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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01 Jul 2016

Revised PII standard for all optometrists takes effect from today

In December 2015, the Board published a revised registration standard for professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements that takes effect from today.
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23 Jun 2016

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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09 Jun 2016

Quarterly registration data released

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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09 Jun 2016

Funding determination for Queensland Office of the Health Ombudsman

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has received a letter from the Queensland Government, formally notifying of the determination of fees to be paid from AHPRA to the Queensland Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO) for 2015-2016.
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03 Jun 2016

Newsletter from the National Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest newsletter.
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01 Jun 2016

New info for optometry students and graduates

From today, optometry students and graduates have a new way of finding out about becoming a registered optometrist.
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26 May 2016

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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03 May 2016

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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02 May 2016

Guidelines for the prescription of optical appliances released for optometrists

The Optometry Board of Australia (the Board), the national optometry regulator, has published revised guidelines on the prescription of optical appliances for the profession.
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29 Apr 2016

Call for applications

Call for applications for the Optometry Board of Australia’s nominee member of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ)
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08 Apr 2016

Optometry regulation at work in Australia, 2014/15

The Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) has released its report for 2014/15.
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07 Apr 2016

Quarterly registration data released

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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29 Mar 2016

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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08 Mar 2016

Call for applications

Call for applications for appointment to the Registration and Notification Committee of the Optometry Board of Australia.
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12 Feb 2016

Protecting the public: Local data summaries from a national scheme

Local reports have today been released for each state and territory on Australia’s regulatory scheme for health practitioners, providing a unique insight on local outcomes within a national scheme.
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05 Feb 2016

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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News Archives

2015

22 Dec 2015

Health practitioner regulation: Learn how you’re protected

A new video and an accompanying infographic explaining the Australia-wide scheme that is in place to protect members of the public were launched today by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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22 Dec 2015

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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10 Dec 2015

Revised standards for PII arrangements published today

A revised registration standard for Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements has today been published by the Optometry Board of Australia.
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03 Dec 2015

Are you a graduate applying for registration?

Read this important information that explains what you need to know.
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01 Dec 2015

Revised registration standard takes effect from today

Revised registration standard for recency of practice take effect today.
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30 Nov 2015

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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20 Nov 2015

Optometrists reminded to renew registration by 30 November

Optometrists have until 30 November to renew their registration to avoid paying a late fee.
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19 Nov 2015

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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18 Nov 2015

National drug screening protocol

There are health practitioners with a history of substance misuse who have restrictions placed on their registration. These restrictions are generally designed to keep the public safe while the practitioner remains in practice.
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16 Nov 2015

Final-year students urged to apply for registration online now

Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
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06 Nov 2015

2014/15 National Scheme annual report launched

The 2014/15 annual report: AHPRA and National Boards has been published.
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30 Oct 2015

Revised standard for Optometry published today

The revised registration standard for recency of practice (RoP) has today been published by the Optometry Board of Australia, which regulates Australia’s 4,915 registered optometrists.
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27 Oct 2015

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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16 Oct 2015

Board and AHPRA publish health profession agreement

The Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have published the health profession agreement (HPA) for 2015/16.
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28 Sep 2015

Online renewal of registration is now open

Online renewal of registration is now open for optometrists registered in Australia.
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25 Sep 2015

Public consultation papers released

The Optometry Board of Australia is undertaking public consultation on two guidelines.
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22 Sep 2015

Newsletter from the National Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest newsletter.
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11 Sep 2015

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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11 Sep 2015

Update your contact details to receive registration renewal reminders

Are your contact details up to date? Registration renewal reminders will be sent to registrants soon.
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02 Sep 2015

Optometry Board of Australia sets fee for 2015/16

The Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) has announced that the national registration fee for optometrists for 2015/16 has been reduced.
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01 Sep 2015

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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19 Aug 2015

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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21 Jul 2015

Optometrists reminded to use only protected titles

The Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) is reminding optometrists to use only protected titles.
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02 Jul 2015

Communiqué from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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01 Jul 2015

Revised English language and criminal history standards take effect today

Revised English language and criminal history standards take effect from today.
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17 Jun 2015

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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21 May 2015

Revised criminal history registration standard will take effect from 1 July

A revised criminal history registration standard will come in to effect for all registrants from 1 July 2015.
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21 May 2015

Revised English language skills registration standards taking effect from 1 July

Revised English language skills registration standards take effect from 1 July for all registrants.
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21 May 2015

Quarterly registration data released

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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15 May 2015

Newsletter from the National Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest newsletter.
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14 May 2015

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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12 May 2015

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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04 May 2015

Call for views on how we approach regulation

National Boards and AHPRA are seeking feedback through an online survey on the regulatory principles that were launched in July last year.
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24 Mar 2015

Security alert - keep your web browser updated

We are making changes to our websites to make sure that your information is kept safe.
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13 Mar 2015

Optometry Board of Australia retires two policies

Two policies published by the Optometry Board of Australia at the start of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) are to be retired.
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12 Mar 2015

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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05 Mar 2015

Quarterly registration data released

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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18 Feb 2015

Adelaide office closed for relocation

The Adelaide office will be closed for relocation from Thursday 19 February 2015 and will re-open on Monday 23 February 2015 at 12.00pm.
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16 Feb 2015

AHPRA strengthens national drug screening

AHPRA and National Boards to introduce hair testing for all practitioners with substance related impairment.
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04 Feb 2015

New approach to international criminal history checks launches today

A new procedure for checking international criminal history that provides greater public protection takes effect today.
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27 Jan 2015

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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20 Jan 2015

Call for applications

Call for applications to the Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee of the Optometry Board of Australia.
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2014

23 Dec 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué.
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08 Dec 2014

Board publishes revised guidelines on glaucoma diagnosis and management

The Optometry Board of Australia has today published revised Guidelines for use of scheduled medicines which take effect immediately.
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04 Dec 2014

The Optometry Board of Australia releases a report of its work

The Optometry Board of Australia has published a report of its work in regulating the optometry profession in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme during 2013/14.
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03 Dec 2014

Quaterly registration data released

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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01 Dec 2014

New general registration standard comes into effect from today

The new general registration standard of the Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) comes into effect from today.
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25 Nov 2014

Guidelines on glaucoma diagnosis and management

The Optometry Board of Australia will modify its guidelines on glaucoma diagnosis and management to make sure there are clear referral pathways to support patient safety and well-being.
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21 Nov 2014

National Board reminds optometrists to renew registration by 30 November

Optometrists have less than two weeks to renew their registration with the Optometry Board of Australia to avoid paying a late fee.
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18 Nov 2014

The Optometry Board and AHPRA announce program administrator for CPD

The Optometry Board of Australia and AHPRA are pleased to announce the appointment of Optometry Australia (OA) as the preferred provider to manage the Continual Professional Development (CPD) accreditation function for the optometry profession on behalf of the Board.
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13 Nov 2014

New approach to International criminal history checks

From early 2015, National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will implement a new procedure for checking international criminal history.
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11 Nov 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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07 Nov 2014

2013/14 National Scheme Annual Report published

AHPRA and the National Boards have released their 2013/14 Annual Report on the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
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17 Oct 2014

Call for applications

Applications are now sought for appointments to upcoming vacancies for chairs (from practitioner members), practitioner members and community members.
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15 Oct 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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15 Oct 2014

Newsletter from the National Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest newsletter.
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13 Oct 2014

Final-year students urged to apply for registration online now

Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
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24 Sep 2014

Media release

The Board and AHPRA publish the Health Profession Agreement for 2014/2015.
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23 Sep 2014

Online renewal of registration is now open

Online renewal of registration to practise in Australia is now open for optometrists.
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12 Sep 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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27 Aug 2014

Media release

The Optometry Board of Australia has announced the registration fee for optometrists for 2014/15.
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14 Aug 2014

We have new homepages!

Today we have launched new homepage designs across all our websites.
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11 Aug 2014

Certificate of Registration Status (CoRS) now available online

Registered health practitioners using the AHPRA portal can now request a Certificate of Registration Status (CoRS) online.
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08 Aug 2014

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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08 Aug 2014

Call for Applications - Board nominee for Director of Optometry Council of Australia (OCANZ)

The National Board is interested in receiving applications from suitably qualified optometrists for the role of Director of the OCANZ Board that is nominated by the Board.
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05 Aug 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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24 Jul 2014

Media release

The National Boards are calling for feedback on guidelines on the regulatory management of health practitioners with blood borne infectious diseases.
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21 Jul 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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15 Jul 2014

Call for applications

Call for applications for optometrists to join the Optometry Board of Australia's list of approved persons for appointment to panels.
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14 Jul 2014

Media release

On 1 July 2014 all Boards and AHPRA launched refreshed regulatory principles for regulating in the public interest. It also marked our 4th birthday and new arrangements in Qld.
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02 Jul 2014

VOTE Trust applications

The Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust 2014-2015 applications are open from 1 June 2014 to 31 July 2014.
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23 Jun 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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13 Jun 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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23 May 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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20 May 2014

Media release

Updated Advertising guidelines published today by National Boards.
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19 May 2014

Public consultation on a review of Optometry Board of Australia registration standards and guidelines

Community and health practitioner feedback is sought on a review of Optometry Board of Australia registration standards and guidelines.
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02 May 2014

Quaterly registration data released

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data.
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29 Apr 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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28 Apr 2014

Call for applications

Call for applications for health practitioners to join the Optometry Board of Australia's list of approved persons for appointment to panels.
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17 Mar 2014

Revised guidelines, code and policy effective today

Revised guidelines and a new social media policy come into effect for all optometrists today.
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13 Mar 2014

Unplanned office closure alert

The AHPRA Northern Territory office has reopened
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14 Feb 2014

Media release

The National Board has published revised guidelines and a new social media policy which are shared across all Boards and come into effect from mid-March.
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15 Jan 2014

Media statement

The Board has issued a statement following a Supreme Court of Queensland ruling.
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09 Jan 2014

Communique from the Board

The Optometry Board of Australia releases its latest communique.
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Page reviewed 25/07/2011