undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the discipline of Orthoptics, OR
orthoptic qualification recognised by the International Orthoptic
Orthoptists who have qualified in a country other
than Australia will need to supply detailed information about their qualifications as the Board needs to
map competencies against those required for
registration in Australia. Currently recognised
undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs are offered by La Trobe University (Melbourne) and University of Technology, Sydney (from 2015 - accreditation in progress)
When and how do I apply for Registration?
The Australian Orthoptic Board adopted a two-year
registration structure. The current Registration
period is from 1 July 2013 until 30 June 2015.
The full registration fee (currently AU$210)
is payable regardless of when application is
made during the biennial cycle.There is no
provision for pro rata or part payment of
RECENT GRADUATES: I've finished my course but don't have my degree
yet. Can I apply to be registered now?
Yes. Recent graduates of
Australian undergraduate orthoptic degree programs
may apply before a degree has been conferred and
will be considered:
a) if a legally certified copy of the
student's academic transcript stating that the
applicant has successfully completed the degree
course is enclosed with the application; or
b) after written notification to the AOB by the
university that the degree program has been
successfully completed and that the applicant is
eligible for admission to the Degree.
A legally certified copy of the
applicant's degree is required immediately after
conferral and within 12 months of registration.
Registration will not be renewed if a copy of the
certificate is not provided.
I know that orthoptists are not required to be
registered but do they still need to have formal
qualifications to practice?
Whilst orthoptists do not have legislated
registration in Australia the public hospital
sector, many private ophthalmology clinics and
specialist rehabilitation agencies amongst other
employing groups do require orthoptists to be
registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board.
This trend is increasing with the increased
demands on practice and hospital accreditation.
In addition, changes to the Private Health Funds
legislation requires orthoptists to be
registered for their patients to claim on
private health insurance and there are
legislated requirements for registration to
perform A and B scans and in some states to
Orthoptists are required to undertake an
undergraduate degree or postgraduate
masters degree to qualify for practice. The
courses are required to be accredited by the
Australian Orthoptic Board for recognition for
registration. Currently recognised degree programs
are offered by LaTrobe University (Victoria), The
University of Sydney (NSW). University of Technology, Sydney from 2015 (accreditation in progress).
Is a receptionist in an optometrist's practice
allowed to perform duties such as insertion of
contact lenses and checking of eye pressure for
glaucoma and other eye tests if they are not an
There is no legislation to prevent a receptionist
from undertaking the duties you outline, however
the practitioner is taking a large risk in using
unqualified personnel performing testing
procedures without appropriate knowledge of the
processes they are testing for or full
understanding of the testing procedures and
interpretation of results.
Anyone in this situation would be well advised to
carry indemnity insurance as they can be
personally sued along with their employer in
the case of error.
PARTICIPATION IN CPD
Do I have to participate in Continuing
Professional Development activities to be
No, participation in the Continuing
Professional Development program is voluntary.
It is in addition to AOB Registration and is not
mandatory. If you choose not to participate in the
CPD program there is no penalty and no exemption
However, changes to the Private Health Funds legislation
requires orthoptists to be registered for their
patients to claim on private health insurance
and there are legislated requirements for
registration to perform A and B scans and in some
states to prescribe glasses.
A Certificate of Currency indicates to employers,
the public and other professional bodies that you
have kept up to date with professional education
and undertaken activities in the previous two
years. The Certificate is awarded to orthoptists
who accrue the prescribed number of CPD points in
the biennium preceding re-registration.
The CPD program can be taken up at any time. To
qualify for a Certificate of Currency 50 points
must be acquired from activities undertaken in the
previous two years. There is no requirement that
points be accumulated across the entire two year
Should I be registered to perform B scan
The Health Insurance Commissison in association
with the Australasian Sonographers
Accreditation Registry (ASAR) introduced in
2002 a program of accreditation and continuing
professional education for sonographers.
There are legislated requirements for
registration to perform A and B scans.
The ASAR recognises registration with the
Australian Orthoptic Board as appropriate
accreditation for orthoptists to undertake
sonography in relation to ocular structures.
Orthoptists wishing to be included on the ASAR
Membership Register to perform B scan
ultrasonography should download the Request for
Information collected by the AOB on behalf
of the ASAR and return with a payment of $20 for
two years made payable to the ASAR.