Becoming a locum is a lifestyle choice

Many optometrists make a lot of money from taking locum roles. We have optometrists who have been working with us for many years and keep themselves in work all year round. As a locum you work for yourself so you need to be organised and good at planning ahead. If you’re currently in a job and you would like to try out locuming, you could try taking a short term role during your holidays or if you want to top up your income – weekend work can be a great option for you.

Unfortunately Locuming is not an option for new graduates, once you have gained enough clinical experience to be comfortable seeing 15 patients per day, we will be happy to recommend you to our clients for placement in their practices.

Working as a locum through our agency, you’ll experience a wide range of settings which will offer the opportunity to grow your network and increase your connectivity, flexibility and knowledge. Sign up below to receive regular job notifications.

If you’re interested in becoming a locum, register with us below to receive regular job alerts and download our app. For more information about locuming take a look at our FAQs below:

Frequently asked questions

Here’s a list of questions we get over and over again. If your question isn’t here ask away on the form below

How do I register:

Enter your details into the sign up form below,you will then be added to our obligation free mailing list, all current vacancies are listed and you can apply via the link.

How much do I get paid?

Regional work pays up to $130 per hour + GST and more for last minute and emergency placements. Optoms who choose to locum with us work when they want. Some long term locums can earn more than double what they have earned in the past.

Are there any join up fees?

There is no charge to register with us.

Are travel and accommodation paid?

Yes, all travel expenses are paid for, including a hire car where needed.

How much work will I get?

Depending on how much locum work is around. Some locums can get all year round work and book themselves well in advance.

Do I get training on the software and products?

Yes, if you are new to a practice or store, we provide you with a checklist to work through with the manager who will provide on the job training.

Do I need to be registered for GST?

If you earn above $80K per year, you need to register for GST. In time, you may need to operate through a Company, Trust or Partnership. We recommend that you speak to your accountant for advice.

Do I need to register a business name?

A locum is a self-employed contractor supplying services, so you will need an ABN. This is free, see https://abr.gov.au/For-Business,-Super-funds—Charities/Applying-for-an-ABN/

Professional Indemnity Insurance

AHPRA requires you have current PI insurance. If you are a member of OA, PI is included. If not, you need to organise your own PI insurance.

New Zealand Optometrists who would like to locum or work in Australia

Australian Optometrists who would like to locum in New Zealand

  • You will need to allow about 4 weeks before your intended starting date to get yourself ready and registered
  • Complete a trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Application – a one off fee of $379
  • Complete an application for an Annual Practicing Certificate $754 annual fee
  • Make sure you have PI insurance in place

Further Information

We have a “getting ready to locum guide” email us on admin@optomlocumservice.com.au and ask for a copy.

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We send job alerts via email regularly.

To register you MUST be an Australian or New Zealand Resident.

International registrations will be automatically deleted.


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