Codes, Guidelines and Policies

The Optometry Board of Australia has developed codes, guidelines and policies to provide guidance to the profession.

Codes and guidelines

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Guideline - Informing a National Board about where you practise  PDF (152 KB)  Word version 
(590 KB,DOCX)
1 August 2018
Code of conduct PDF (334 KB)    
Guidelines on the prescription of optical appliances PDF (82.8 KB)  Word version 
(369 KB,DOCX) 
From 1 June 2016 
Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines PDF (140KB) Word version
(472 KB,DOCX)
From 10 September 2018 
Appendix B of the Guidelines for use of scheduled medicines:  Board-approved list of topical schedule 2, 3 and 4 medicines that optometrists with a scheduled medicines endorsement are qualified to administer, obtain, possess, prescribe, supply or use for the purposes of the practice of optometry PDF (46.0KB) Web page From 10 September 2018
Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners* PDF (250 KB) Web page 1 March 2020
Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students** PDF (150 KB) Web page 1 March 2020
Guidelines for advertising regulated health services PDF (155 KB) Web page From 17 March 2014
Current: Optometry guidelines on continuing professional development for endorsed and non-endorsed optometrists

For further information, see Continuing Professional Development.
PDF (315 KB)    
Advance copy: Guidelines for CPD
effective from 1 December 2020
PDF (193 KB) Word version 
(441 KB,DOCX)
From 1 December 2020

Return to practice guidance for optometrists

 Document PDF
Accessible format
Document date
Guide - Tips for taking a break from practice
PDF
(193KB)
Word version
(156 KB,DOCX)
25 May 2020 
Frequently asked questions - Return to practice
PDF
(214KB)

Word version
(186 KB,DOCX)

25 May 2020
Information sheet - Returning to practice or significantly changing scope of practice
PDF
(245 KB)

Word version
(170 KB,DOCX)
25 May 2020 
Template - Professional development - return to practice
PDF
(93.9KB)

Word version
(267 KB,DOC) 
25 May 2020
Template - Supervised practice plan
PDF
(152 KB)
Word version
(228 KB,DOC)
25 May 2020 
Checklist - Return to practice
PDF
(154KB)
Word version
(156 KB,DOCX)

25 May 2020
 

Supervision guidelines for optometrists

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Optometry supervision guidelines for optometrists PDF (383 KB)   April 2012
 » Supervised practice plan - Attachment A - Orientation report for Limited Registration PDF (163 KB) Word version 
(151 KB,DOC)

 » Supervised practice plan - Attachment B - Plan for professional development PDF (93.6 KB) Word version 
(126 KB,DOC)

» Supervised practice plan - Template    Word version
(190 KB,DOC)
 
 » Supervision agreement - Template PDF (94.7 KB) Word version 
(142 KB,DOC)

 » Supervision report - Template PDF (85.1 KB) Word version 
(114 KB,DOC)

 » Optometry Australia entry-level competency standards for optometry 2014 PDF (1006 KB) Word version 
(306 KB,DOCX)

Policies

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Common Protocol - Informing notifiers about the reasons for National Board decisions  PDF (91.8KB) Word version 
(58.6 KB,DOCX) 
1 August 2018
Optometry policy considering invitations to attend events PDF (36.9 KB)  

Policy directions

Under Section 11 of the National Law, as in force in each state and territory, the Ministerial Council may issue a National Board with policy directions.

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Policy Direction 2019-01 - Paramountcy of public protection when administering the National Scheme
Policy Direction 2019-02 - Requirements to consult with patient safety bodies and health care consumer bodies on every new and revised registration standard, code and guidelines
PDF
(2.34MB)

8 January 2020

Fact Sheets and FAQ

For more information, please Fact Sheets and FAQ.

Additional information

Document PDF Accessible format  Date of effect
Summary of research to inform registration standards review PDF (117 KB) Word version
(30.1 KB,DOCX)
23 October 2019 

Retired versions

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications  PDF (149 KB)    To 29 February 2020 
Retired version: Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines PDF (84.8 KB) Word version
(391 KB,DOCX)
To 9 September 2018
Retired version: Optometry guidelines on the prescription of ocular appliances PDF (289 KB)   To 31 May 2016
Retired version: Optometry policy health records  PDF
(81.5 KB) 
  To 27 August 2015 
Retired version: Optometry policy infection control  PDF (80.0KB)    To 30 July 2015 
Retired version: Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines PDF (322 KB) Word version
(434 KB,DOC)
To 7 December 2014
» Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines with 2014 changes highlighted PDF (304 KB) Word version
(390 KB,DOCX)
 
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications PDF (420 KB)   To 16 March 2014
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services PDF (456 KB)   To 16 March 2014

*The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners have been updated on 29 June 2020 to include minor formatting and word changes and changes to the flowcharts on pages 20, 22 and 26 of the guidelines.

**The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students have been updated on 29 June 2020 to include minor formatting and word changes and sections 39 and 40 of the National Law in Appendix A.

 
 
Page reviewed 30/06/2020