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OCANZ is an independent external agency that assesses optometry programs in Australia and New Zealand.

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, Optometry Australia and the New Zealand Association of Optometrists. All are represented on OCANZ.

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2020 Examination Dates


First Series: Monday 16th March 2020, Tuesday 17th March 2020 Closing Date: Thursday 20th February 2020

Second Series: Monday 10th August 2020, Tuesday 11th August 2020 Closing Date: Thursday 9th July 2020


First Series: Session One: Week of 15 June 2020 Session Two: Week of 22 June 2020 Closing Date: 14th May 2020 

Second Series: Session One: Week of 9 November 2020 Session Two: Week of 16 November 2020 Closing Date: 8th October 2020




OCANZ is an independent external agency that assesses optometry programs in Australia and New Zealand. Accreditation performs a number of important functions, including:

  • Assuring the registration boards that graduates are effectively prepared for entry to the profession (including therapeutic practice)
  • providing schools with regular feedback on the contemporary needs of the profession.
Further Accreditation Information


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 limited/provisional 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.

Further Examination Information

Concerns & Complaints

Information about how to raise a concern

Further Concerns Information


Send an email to OCANZ by completing our online form below or send an email to enquiries@ocanz.org