11 Oct 2017
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 and must meet the Board’s registration requirements..
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website helps to smooth the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration with the Board four to six weeks before completing their course.
Applicants apply online by setting up an account with AHPRA with a unique and personal email address only they have access to. This allows for progress on the form to be saved and resumed as required.
Applicants then complete the application form, upload their supporting documents and pay the registration fee.
A short, animated video for optometry graduates outlines the standards that must be met to become registered and also the professional standards expected of the profession in order to stay registered. The video and supporting resources are published on the New graduates page of the Board’s website.
Graduates are encouraged to find out how to use the online graduate application by accessing the information on the AHPRA website under Graduate applications.
How to apply for registration
There are three simple steps to registration for graduates:
What happens next?
AHPRA assesses the application which can only be finalised once the education provider provides advice that the student is eligible to graduate. AHPRA contacts the student if more information is needed and/or to confirm that registration has been granted.
New graduates registered with the Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register of practitioners.