Eligible employees who choose to study the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing can do so for free until April 2021, following a decision by the NSW Government to fully subsidise the fees.
The decision was announced by Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW, along with Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer, and Geoff Lee, NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education on 16 September.
James Gibbins and Chedy Kalach, both Directors and Senior Trainers at the Australasian College of Optical Dispensing (ACOD), welcomed the decision describing it as an “exciting new training subsidy”.
This subsidy is effective immediately, is available until April 2021, and if an employee qualifies, the total fee for the training is covered
“This subsidy is effective immediately, is available until April 2021, and if an employee qualifies, the total fee for the training is covered,” Mr Gibbins explained.
To be eligible, applicants must be either an Australian citizen or permanent resident, must live in and / or work in NSW, and must be aged between 17 – 24 (inclusive).
Employees who do not fall into this age range will have access to the normal subsidies, which for most students results in an enrolment fee of either AU$2,320 or $1,990, depending on previous levels of training attained.
“ACOD is absolutely thrilled with this news and has already received enrolments in response to this new initiative,” said Mr Gibbins. “Enrolment with ACOD is simple and students who register can be approved and working on their course within two days.”
ACOD recently revised its Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing Course, HLT47815 in response to feedback from participants and their employers. The course now includes three workshops of three days each (nine days in total), which are held regularly at either the rooms of Optometry Australia NSW/ACT, in Fivedock, Sydney, or in the rooms of The School of Optometry, University of Canberra, in Bruce, Canberra. Additionally, students receive access to the ACOD learning site, online recorded lectures, live interactive webinars, two text books, and extensive teacher support.