16 Nov 2015
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
Graduates need to be registered as an optometrist with the Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) before they start practising.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
All applicants are required to return supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. It is important that this is done as soon as possible after applying online - see Next Steps Checklist. Certain applicants will need to apply for an international criminal history check (ICHC) before submitting their application for registration.
Graduates from all approved programs of study can apply for general registration and endorsement for scheduled medicines in one online or paper application form. There is no additional endorsement fee payable as the application is made at the same time.
Graduates of approved programs of study must meet the Optometry Board of Australia’s registration requirements to be a registered optometrist. Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
There are six simple steps to registration for graduates: