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A career with Specsavers in Australia

Specsavers has focused on giving all patients in Australia the best patient care with affordable prices. This has seen Specsavers continue to grow and open new opportunities across our 400+ stores and support office.

It can be tricky to confirm who is eligible to work and live in Australia, due to changing immigration restrictions. We’ve made a quick guide to support your understanding of eligibility to relocate and work in Australia.

Am I eligible to work in Australia?

You are eligible to work in Australia if you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen.

If you are not an Australian citizen, eligibility is dependent on:

  • Valid immigration status for Australia which allows you to carry out the required work (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Completed the Optometrist OCANZ conversion exams (eligibility criteria applies)

What if I don't have the right to work in Australia?

If the above criteria doesn’t apply to you, there are other options to explore. Completing the Optometry OCANZ conversion exams or by applying for a visa.


The Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) is an external process that assesses optometry programs outside of Australia. Overseas-qualified optometrists must successfully complete the OCANZ exams to be able to practise and register in Australia and New Zealand. Specsavers is well versed in supporting Optometrists through OCANZ and offer a support package.

Optometrist Visa

Once all aspects of OCANZ have been completed we have found the best route to apply for a ‘TSS 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa’. This will help you relocate to Australia quickly and give you temporary (4 years) working rights whilst you complete Therapeutics, work in-store and apply for permanent residency.

Dispensing Visa

Those under 30 (35 if from Canada, Ireland or France) will be able to apply for a one year ‘417 Working Holiday Visa’. Once you’ve completed the regional work (3 months) you will be able to apply for a second year.

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