The Optometry Board of Australia has reduced the registration fee for optometrists for 2013/14 by AU$20 to $395.
The annual renewal fee was applied on 1 August and covers the registration period for most practitioners from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014.
Now in its third year in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme), Colin Waldron, Chair of the Board said the OBA was able to lower registration fees for optometrists because it is now possible to more accurately forecast the costs of regulating the profession.
‘Being part of the National Scheme for three years now has allowed the Board to track the actual cost of regulating optometry. This means that the Board was able to set a fee reduction of $20, while still ensuring that it still maintains adequate financial reserves that allow it to fulfill its regulatory functions,’ said Mr Waldron.