Optometry Board of Australia - Revised registration standard takes effect from today
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Revised registration standard takes effect from today

01 Dec 2015

Revised registration standard for recency of practice take effect today.

The Optometry Board of Australia has previously published the contents of the revised standard and supporting materials to help optometrists understand the new requirements.

The revised registration standard1 now in effect is for:

  • Recency of practice

The revised standard will apply to most applicants for initial registration and applicants for renewal of registration from 1 October 2016. They do not apply to the current cycle of renewals.

Registered Optometrists are required to either:

  • practice for a period of 450 hours over a three-year period to meet the revised registration standard 
  • graduate from a Board approved course, or 
  • successfully complete a Board approved examination in the previous 24 months.

For more information on the registration standard, see the Board’s frequency asked questions.

The standards were revised after a scheduled review, which included public consultation. National Boards have previously published consultation reports providing a summary of the consultation processes, rationale for any changes and proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.

Please refer to AHPRA’s registration standards page for additional information and resources.

For more information

  • Lodge an online enquiry form 
  • For registration enquiries: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 9275 9009 (overseas callers) 
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200

1Registration standards define the requirements that applicants and registrants in the regulated professions need to meet to be registered.

Page reviewed 1/12/2015