The aim of the accreditation process is to assess an optometry program against OCANZ Standards (see links to Standards below). A program’s accreditation status is subject to; any conditions the program has on its accreditation status being appropriately completed, there being no major changes to the program and to the satisfactory submission of annual reports by the School.

The list of programs accredited by OCANZ together with any conditions on accreditation is available here.

Once accreditation is granted by OCANZ, the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) and the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board New Zealand (ODOB) must approve the decision before the program becomes an approved program of study for the purpose of registration in Australia and New Zealand.

View a list of OBA approved programs >>

View a list of ODOB prescribed qualifications >>

Accreditation Standards

The existing standards are:

Accreditation Manual Part 1 – Process and Procedures
Accreditation Manual for Postgraduate Programs of Study in Ocular Therapeutics Part 2 – Standards
Accreditation Standards and Evidence Guide for Entry-Level Optometry Programs

The proposed standards are:

New standards for programs of study in Ocular Therapeutics have been approved to take effect from 1 January 2018.
They will replace the existing standards for these programs on that date.


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