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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 is thrilled to announce the launch of the Optometry Māori Curriculum Health Framework - see Optometry Health Curriculum Framework

OCANZ is honoured to celebrate First Nations culture through art and visual storytelling with our artwork pieces, Looking at Country – Cultural Connections and Māori design. Learn more about these beautiful pieces here

OCANZ Board of Director Nominations are now open - see Employment Opportunities - OCANZ

2024 Examination Dates


Session One: Week of 18 November 2024
Session Two: Week of 25 November 2024
Closing Date: Thursday 10th October 2024

2025 Examination Dates


Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th March 2025
Application available after 1st January 2025
Closing Date: Thursday 6th February 2025

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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori 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