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Important notice for all optical dispensers, employers, education facilities and the general public

With the commencement of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme on 1 July 2010, optical dispensers are no longer required to be registered. Consequently, the Optical Dispensers Licensing Board of New South Wales ceased to operate on 30 June 2010.

Regulation Matters for Optical Dispensers

In NSW, optical dispensers are now covered by the Health Legislation Amendment (Unregistered Health Practitioners) Act 2006. Optical dispensers are required to comply with the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners. Complaints and notifications about the health, professional performance or conduct of dental technicians may be referred to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).
Under the arrangements for unregistered professions , the HCCC continues to have an integral role in complaints management as the independent investigator and prosecutor of complaints.

Further information on the Health Care Complaints Commission is available at or by telephoning 1800 043 159.

Information on the New South Wales Regulatory Framework for registered professions can be found on the Health Professional Councils Authority (HPCA) website at

Last Updated: August 2010