The Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) was established in 1996 with support of the optometrists registration boards in Australia and New Zealand, the Heads of the Optometry Schools, the Optometrists Association of Australia and the New Zealand Optometric Association. All are represented on OCANZ.
OCANZ Constitution available here
OCANZ Annual Report 2011-2012 here
OCANZ assesses undergraduate optometry courses and postgraduate courses in ocular therapeutics in Australia and New Zealand. Accreditation performs a number of important functions, including:
More about OCANZ's accreditation function >
- Assuring the registration boards that graduates are effectively prepared for entry to the profession and/or for therapeutic practice
- providing schools with regular feedback on the contemporary needs of the profession.
All optometrists trained outside of Australia and New Zealand are required to successfully complete an examination known as the Competency in Optometry Examination before being eligible to apply for registration with either the Registration Board in Australia or New Zealand.
To migrate to Australia as a skilled migrant, optometrists must obtain a skills assessment from OCANZ.
The Competency in Optometry Examination >
OCANZ has recently conducted a wide-ranging consultation regarding our draft Accreditation Standards for Postgraduate Therapeutics. Comment is now closed
Written examination dates for 2014 are:
Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 April 2014
Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 September 2014