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Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS)

The VOS is a Commonwealth government program established in 1975, administered by RWAV.  It provides optometry services to residents in regional, rural and Aboriginal Communities across Victoria.

VOS provides funding for optometrists which currently covers travel, accommodation and meals, facility fees and administrative support at the outreach location and lost business opportunity due to time spent travelling to outreach locations.


Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) 

The Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) is funded by the Government of Victoria.

This program provides optometry care at low cost for persons who hold a pensioner concession card or health care card and live in rural Victoria, and includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, including children under child protection care.  The primary care consultation fee is normally bulk billed and patients make a fixed contribution to the cost of glasses or contact lenses. The balance of the cost is subsidised by a State Government grant.

The following eligibility criteria apply to each person, who must be a permanent resident of Victoria:

  • holds a Pensioner Concession Card in their own name, and their dependants under the age of 18 years or
  • has held a Health Care Card in their own name for at least 6 months continuously, and their dependants are under the age of 18 years
  • holds a Victorian pension card with the permanent residential address in country Victoria
  • is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (regardless of Pension Card/Health Card status) or
  • has child protection children under their care.

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Victorian Aboriginal Spectacles Subsidy Scheme (VASSS) 

The Victorian Aboriginal Spectacles Subsidy Scheme (VASSS) is funded by DHHS as part of Koolin Balit and is directly supported by VES. It is administered by Australian College of Optometry in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and a network of registered private optometrists in regional Victoria.

The VASSS provides a broader range of frames for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who reside in Victoria. There is also no requirement for a pension care card or health care card.

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