Optometry Board of Australia - Codes, Guidelines and Policies

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
Advance copy: Code of conduct – in effect from 29 June 2022

For more information see Code of conduct page 
PDF (323KB)   29 June 2022
Code of conduct PDF
(334 KB)
   
Guidelines on the prescription of optical appliances PDF 
(82.8 KB) 
Word version 
(369 KB,DOCX) 
1 June 2016 
Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines PDF
(120KB)
Word version
(216 KB,DOCX)
10 December 2021
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 
(24.8KB)
Web page 10 December 2021
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 a regulated health service PDF
(192 KB)
Web page 14 December 2020
Guidelines: Continuing professional development  

For further information, see Continuing Professional Development
PDF 
(193 KB)
Word version 
(441 KB,DOCX)
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
Supervised practice plan template  PDF
(1.11MB)
  1 February 2022 
Checklist - Return to practice
PDF
(154KB)
Word version
(156 KB,DOCX)

25 May 2020

Supervised practice

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Supervised practice framework 

For more information see Supervised practice framework page
PDF 
(202KB)
 
Web page 1 February 2022 
Supervision guidelines

For more information see Supervised practice framework page
PDF 
(76.0KB) 
Web page 1 February 2022 

Entry-level Competency standards

Document PDF Accessible format Document date
Optometry Australia entry-level competency standards for optometry 2014 PDF
(999KB)
Word version
(306 KB, DOCX)
April 2014 

Position statements

Document PDF Accessible format Document date 
Facilitating access to care in a COVID-19 environment: Guidance for health practitioners PDF 
(208 KB)
Word version
(120 KB, DOCX)
21 December 2021
COVID-19 vaccination position statement PDF
(90KB)
Word version
(246 KB, DOCX)
9 March 2021 
No place for sexism, sexual harassment or violence in healthcare PDF 
(205KB)
Word version 
(120 KB,DOCX)
30 June 2021

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 
(117KB)
Word version
(30.1 KB,DOCX)
23 October 2019 

Retired versions

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Retired version: Optometry supervision guidelines for optometrists PDF 
(383KB)
  April 2012 to 31 January 2022
Retired version: Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines PDF 
(140KB)
Word version
(472 KB,DOCX)
18 October 2019 to 9 December 2021
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising regulated health services  PDF
(155KB) 
To 13 December 2020
Retired version: Optometry guidelines on continuing professional development for endorsed and non-endorsed optometrists
PDF 
(315KB)
  To 30 November 2020 
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications  PDF
(149KB) 
  To 29 February 2020 
Retired version: Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines PDF
(84.8KB)
Word version
(391 KB,DOCX)
To 9 September 2018
Retired version: Optometry guidelines on the prescription of ocular appliances PDF
(289KB)
  To 31 May 2016
Retired version: Optometry policy health records  PDF
(81.5KB) 
  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
(322KB)
Word version
(434 KB,DOC)
To 7 December 2014
» Optometry guidelines for use of scheduled medicines with 2014 changes highlighted PDF
(304KB)
Word version
(390 KB,DOCX)
 
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications PDF
(420KB)
  To 16 March 2014
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services PDF
(456KB)
  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 6/04/2022