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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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The OCANZ Office will be closed from midday 21st December 2018 until 8th January 2019.

Important Dates

2019 Examination Dates

First written examination: Monday 25th March 2019 &
Tuesday 26th March 2019 (Closing Date: 28 February 2019)

First clinical examination: Week of 17 June 2019 or
Week of 24 June 2019 (Closing Date: 16 May 2019)

Second written examination: Monday 12th August 2019 & Tuesday 13th August 2019 (Closing Date: 11 July 2019)

Second clinical examination: Week of 11 November 2019 or Week of 18 November 2019 (Closing Date: 10 October 2019)

Accreditation

Examination

Accreditation

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

Examination

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

Contact

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