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OCANZ respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia and Māori Peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand as the First peoples in each landmass and the proud custodians of the longest surviving cultures on our planet. We pay our respects to these traditional owners and honour their unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich and ongoing contribution to society.
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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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OCANZ commitment statement confirming OCANZ support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart -  see Commitment to First Nations Peoples Health - OCANZ

2024 Bursary applications now open

OCANZ are pleased to announce that the 2024 Bursary awards are now open for applications.  OCANZ is inviting applications from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or Māori community members, students and/or academics who are working with one or more Australian or Aotearoa/New Zealand optometry schools to improve the delivery of culturally safe curriculum and have a strong interest in First Nations eye health.  For more information see OCANZ Bursaries - OCANZ

2024 Examination Dates


Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th March 2024
Closing Date: Thursday 8th February 2024


Session One: Week of 17 June 2024
Session Two: Week of 24 June 2024
Closing Date: Thursday 9th May 2024

For more information on OCANZ Examinations see Examination - OCANZ

Important Notice

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment have advised of some changes to 485 Visa applications following the Covid-19 border closures.  Therefore, applications for provisional skills assessment through OCANZ for the purposes of a 485 Visa will close on June 16th 2022 until further advised.  For more information see Australian or NZ Optometrist - OCANZ 




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

Commitment to First Nations Peoples Health

OCANZ commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples’ health and wellbeing.

Further 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.

Contact number: +61 3 9670 3173