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About to graduate? Apply for registration online now

15 Nov 2018

Are you in your final year of an approved program of study to become an optometrist?

Smooth the transition from study to work by applying now for registration.

Registering with the Optometry Board of Australia

Before you can start practising and using the protected title ‘optometrist’, you must be registered with the Optometry Board of Australia (the National Board). We recommend that you apply for registration four to six weeks before you’re due to finish your course.

Registration standards

To register as a new graduate, you must meet the following Registration standards:

  • criminal history
  • English language skills, and
  • professional indemnity insurance.

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.

How to apply online

There are four simple steps to applying online:

1.    Set up your account with AHPRA. To do this, you’ll need a unique and personal email address only you can access.

       Once set up, you can save your application and resume as required.

2.    Complete the application form for registration with the National Board.

3.    Upload your supporting documents

4.    Pay any required fees.

What happens next?

We will assess your application and may contact you if we require further information. Once your education provider has advised us that you are eligible to graduate, we’ll finalise your application and will contact you to confirm that registration has been granted.

Once registered, your name will be published on the national register of practitioners, and you can start work!

For more information

  • Go to Graduate applications on the AHPRA website to apply online and for links to FAQ
  • For registration enquiries or difficulties in accessing the online application form: 1300 419 495 (within Australia)
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200
Page reviewed 15/11/2018