Frequently Asked Questions

If you trained overseas, you must pass the OCANZ Competency in Optometry Examination or complete an accredited optometry course in Australia or New Zealand in order to seek registration with either the Australian or New Zealand registration board.

See Optometry Board Australia Registration Standard for General Registration for initial applications at :

See Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board New Zealand How to register as an optometrist:

Candidates are advised to withdraw from the examination if an accident, illness or other unforeseen factor is likely to adversely affect examination performance. In the case of withdrawal, examination fees may be refunded less administration and other costs incurred by OCANZ. Fees may be forfeited if the candidate gives less than 7 days written notice of inability to attend any part of the examination.

Currently there are 8 venues for the written examination - Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Queensland, Auckland, London, Johannesburg and Washington.

The clinical examinations are always held in Melbourne, Australia.

No, but you must pass the clinical examination within three years of passing the written examination.

You can re-sit the written examination as many times as you wish.

The only requirement is that you must pass the clinical examination within three years of passing the written examination.

There are currently no bridging courses provided by OCANZ. Applicants may make private arrangements for tuition to assist them to prepare for the Competency in Optometry Examination.

Unfortunately, OCANZ does not assess the qualifications of overseas-trained dispensing opticians. For information about working in Australia as a dispensing optician/optical dispenser please contact:

Australasian Dispensing Opticians Association
PO Box 5515, Chatswood West NSW 1515
Phone: (61 2) 9412 3033
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OCANZ assesses only overseas trained optometrists for recognition of their qualifications in Australia and New Zealand. The Council does not assess medical training as this is responsibility of the Australian Medical Council. The Australian Medical Council can be contacted via their website -