The Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust was established in 2010 by the Optometrists Registration Board of Victoria from funds accumulated and held by the Board.
From 1 July 2010, a national registration and accreditation scheme was introduced for optometry and other health professions in Australia and the Victorian Board ceased to exist. Ministerial approval had been secured for some of the Victorian Boards reserve funds to be transferred to a trustee. The remainder of the funds were transferred to the newly established Optometry Board of Australia.
The VOTE Trust was created through a Deed of Trust between the Optometrists Registration Board of Victoria and Perpetual Trustee Company Limited. The trust fund was initially established with $490,000 with the requirements that the funds are to be held in perpetuity, invested and the income from the fund dispersed through annual grants and awards.
The Guardian of the fund is the Victorian Health Minister and a Grants Advisory Committee is appointed comprising nominees of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne, Optometry Victoria, South Australia, Australian College of Optometry, Optometry Board of Australia, The School of Medicine (Optometry), and Deakin University.
The principal purpose of the VOTE Trust is to:
The Grants Advisory Committee advises potential applicants that projects from other states/territories of Australia will be considered for funding and that applications from non optometrists interested in the profession can be considered.
Further information can be obtained by contacting a member of the Grants Advisory Committee:
Applications for grants of up to $9,000 will be considered for projects that may include post graduate training and continuing education, undergraduate training and education and professional improvement. At least two grants are expected to be awarded in 2023.
The 2023–2024 applications are now open and will close 5.00pm AEST on Friday 8 September 2023.
Applications should be submitted on-line at: