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.

OCANZ Constitution available here

OCANZ Annual Report 2014-2015 here

OCANZ Annual Report 2013-2014 here




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 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 >


Next written examination:

Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September 2016

Next clinical examination:

Week of 14 November 2016, or
Week of 21 November 2016.

Ocular Therapeutics Accreditation Standards Review

Consultation open until 14th October 2016.