To work as
an Orthoptist in Australia you are advised to
apply for registration with the Australian
Orthoptic Board (AOB). Although
orthoptists are not required by legislation to be registered to work
in Australia many employers and most public
hospitals will ask for registration with the AOB
as a condition
Eligibility to apply for registration:
An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the discipline of Orthoptics
or an orthoptic qualification recognised by the International Orthoptic
As part of the registration process overseas trained orthoptists will be
required to provide documentation to enable the AOB to determine equivalence to
Australian training standards.
The course content and teaching hours for each subject
undertaken by Australian orthoptic students can be viewed in the
La Trobe University handbook for Bachelor of Health Sciences / Master of Orthoptics. If on reviewing this
information you determine that you will need
further training to gain registration in Australia please enquire
directly with the Orthoptic training schools:
La Trobe University
University of Technology, Sydney (NSW - from 2015, accreditation in progress)
To proceed please complete the Initial Registration Application.
As your application progresses an application fee of AU$60 and the following documents will be required - please do not submit until requested.
1. a signed application for AOB registration;
2. a legally certified copy of your orthoptic qualification certificate;
3. a legally certified copy of your academic transcript;
4. a brief explanation of each orthoptic subject listed on your academic record;
5. the number of teaching hours for each of those subjects;
6. a CV detailing your employment with as much information as
possible about your areas of expertise and practical experience;
7. a legally certified copy of your Registration or Certificate to Practice.
All certificates and documents must be:
1. legally certified as true and accurate copies of the original or by legally sworn Statutory Declaration;
2. accompanied by a certified English translation by an accredited translator if the original is not in English.
The application and supporting information will be submitted to the
Board for assessment.
University of Technology, Sydney
Australia - professional association for