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  • About Us

    We've got a top notch team!

    Phillip and Sally Fent Optom Locum Service Owners

    Phillip Fent


    Mieaela Fent Optom Locum Service

    Liette Zografos

    Operations Manager

    Mieaela Fent Optom Locum Service

    Leeza Williams

    Business Development Manager

    Mieaela Fent Optom Locum Service

    Mikaela Fent

    Accounts Manager

    Liette Zografos Operations Manager Optom Locum Service

    Laura Keeling


    Sally Fent


  • Our Story

    A little more than 17 years ago, Phillip needed assistance at his OPSM store at Warringah Mall in Sydney but couldn’t find any optometrist locum agencies so decided to set up his own. Phillip Fent Locum Services was founded in 2002 with two optometrists on the books and 1 part time employee. We now have 6 employees covering rostering, administration, accounts, marketing and development.


    Phillip Fent Locum Services is now the largest and most well known and trusted Locum Service in Australia with more than 570 regular Locums on the database and long standing relationships with employers.


    In 2018 with the growth of the business came a number of changes firstly a name change to Optom Locum Service and more recently have established offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Interested in becoming a Locum Optometrist?

    If you're interested in becoming a locum, the following information should be helpful, for more information take a look at our FAQs page. Registering as a locum is as simple as clicking on the sign up button. You will receive regular updates with all new vacancies listed that you can apply for.

    Why become a Locum?

    Registering with us is free and there's no obligation to locum for us. Once you sign up you will receive our regular vacancy updates so you can take a look at what's available before you commit yourself.


    Once signed up, you will receive a copy of the "Getting ready to locum guide" which provides a wealth of information to help you get your new business up and running.


    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.


    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. For each new assignment you will be provided with a checklist to work through with your employer, this ensures that you will be told and shown everything you need to know before you start on day 1. For new locums, we also have a mentor program in place so you can text or phone your mentor for just about anything - they are available to help you, whenever possible.


    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 today to start your new and exciting journey with us!.

  • Sign Up here for Locum Vacancy Updates

    to receive our regular locum job alerts on Wednesday and Friday and hot jobs in your region whenever they're listed.....

  • Locum Testimonials

    The best referral is having testimonials from people who work with us.

    Shaina Zheng


    I have been a locum with Optom Locum Service for just over four years, have been kept very busy and have been to many places throughout Australia. I have learned a lot about how different business models work and have met lots of wonderful people on my travels. I am kept busy with locums through OLS for as many weeks a year as I want. I get excellent support from all the team at OLS. They have given me many opportunities that I am extremely grateful for.



    Ashleigh Peters Optometrist Testimonial

    Ashleigh Peters

    I have worked with Phillip Fent locum service for the past six months, providing cover for stores all around Australia. The past six months have been very life enriching, from exploring the country in Parkes, Goulburn, and Armidale, to exploring Australian Coastland in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Tuggerah-Central Coast, Hervey Bay, Cairns, and also working in cities like Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.


    Every week is a new place to travel and is very exciting, that it doesn’t even feel like “work” anymore. In particular, Phill Fent locum service has been fantastic to work for as they are very organised. By emailing through the list of vacancies it provides optometrists with the freedom to select where and when they want to work, also providing flights and accommodation at attractive hourly rates . I highly recommend any Optometrist who is interested in locuming to work for Optom Locum Service.


    Partners - Shirley Xu and Jason Ding

    We have been with Optom Locum Service for over a year now. We have been kept busy throughout this time, and through the help of OLS, have been fortunate enough to travel to different locations across Australia together. We enjoy working with OLS as they are a professional and organised team. It can be difficult to find locations that require two optometrists, but OLS go that extra mile for us. Thank you!

  • Locum - FAQs

    Here's a list of the most frequent questions asked. If your question hasn't been covered, go to the sign up and ask your question. We'll get back to you asap!


    How do I register?

    Click on the sign-up button and enter your details 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 $120 per hour + GST and more for last minute and emergency placements. Our optoms choose where and when they work, and some have earned more than double what they were being paid as employees.


    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?

    Your choice, from one day to year-long placements. You can work as much or as little as you want.


    Do I get training on the software and products?

    Yes, as each practice may use Systems you are not used to. We can arrange for training if needed, at no cost to you.


    Do I need to be registered for GST?

    If you earn above $80,000 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 wanting to locum in Australia


    What do I need to work as a Locum in Australia?



  • Are you looking for a new job?

    Register on our candidate database today - we work with you to find your dream job!

    If you are looking for a new challenge, register with us to get your CV in front of potential employers. When you register with us you will be added to our candidate database so you will be contacted to see if you would like to be considered for roles before they are even advertised. This will give you an added opportunity to be interviewed by a potential employer and we will work with you to negotiate the best deal to suit your goals.


    When you register with us, we will contact you so we can establish exactly what you want from a role, what your professional interests are and your desired salary. If you are offered a role through us, we negotiate your salary and benefits on your behalf helping you get the best outcome possible without the stress!


    Registering with us will be treated in the strictest confidence and your information will never be shared with any potential employer without your consent.

  • Let us help you find your next permanent role!

    Sign up below to be added to our candidate database. We will work with you confidentially to help you find your next role.

  • Employers - looking for staff - permanent or locum?


    We can help, register your vacancy with us today. Registering a vacancy for locum or permanent employment is FREE - no fill, no fee!

    We have more than 620 optometrists on our database looking for work. We ensure that your locum is fully qualified and has been screened by us. We can secure you a locum for short or long term placements depending upon your needs and can advertise your permanent position to our candidate database.


    Our permanent recruitment is more involved, we find candidates, interview and put selected candidates forward to you for consideration, we negotiate the salary and benefits and do background checks and reference checking.


    We have a set fee in place with no hidden costs, no sliding scale or percentage of salary, which is lower than other agencies!

    We take away all the hard work. List your permanent vacancy with us today - NO FILL, NO FEE!


    Call us on 0474 699343 or complete the form below and we'll get in touch asap!

  • Vacancies

    As the largest optometry locum agency in Australia and New Zealand, we have way too many great vacancies to list on our website - to get regular

    bi-weekly updates and hot jobs sign up now.


    For more information on vacancies contact liette@optomlocumservice.com.au


    Here's this week's hot jobs!

    Western Australia

    all regional areas paying $100+ per hour


    Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Northam, Geraldton, Karratha, South Hedland, Collie and Margaret River and regular Perth Vacancies.


    On top of this amazing hourly rate your airfares, accommodation, and hire cars (where needed) are provided.



    Queensland and Northern Territory Vacancies


    Locum Vacancies



    Kempsey and Warwick (2 week blocks)








      $100 Redbank 04/05/19 04/05/19





    New South Wales


    Emu Plains (alt Sats)








    Interested? email liette@optomlocumservice.com.au

    Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania







    New Zealand

    Invercargill $100 per hour + GST




    We have regular vacancies from the top of the north island right through to Invercargill at the very tip of the south island. Locuming is a great way to get to see beautiful NZ on the cheap and learn about the culture. Flights and accommodation are included.

  • Sign Up

    To join one of our lists, click the appropriate link, fill in the form and we will be in touch asap!


    To sign up for Locum Roles

    If you would like to locum with us or to receive regular locum job alerts click here


    To sign up for Permanent Roles

    Looking for a new job? If you are interested in having us work with you to get a new role sign up here


    Employers looking for staff sign up here

    If you are an employer looking for permanent or locum optometrists sign up here

Effective date: July 1st 2018
Optom Locum Service is serious about protecting your online privacy. This Privacy Statement explains our views and practices concerning privacy, and how they may relate to you as a user of our website.
Phillip Fent Locum Service operating as Optom Locum Services operates the www.optomlocumservice.com.au website (the “Service”).
This Privacy Statement explains our views and practices concerning privacy, and how they may relate to you as a user of our website and subscriptions.
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.
We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. 
•	Service
Service is the www.optomlocumservice.com.au website operated by Phillip Fent Locum Service operating as Optom Locum Service
•	Personal Data
Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).
•	Usage Data
Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
•	Data Controller
Data Controller means the natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information are, or are to be, processed. For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, we are a Data Controller of your Personal Data.
•	Data Processors (or Service Providers)
Data Processor (or Service Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller. We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.
•	Data Subject (or User)
Data Subject is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data.
Information We Collect And Use
We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.
Types of Data Collected
Personal Data
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
•	First name and last name
•	Email address
•	Phone number
•	Business name
•	Website URL
•	Address, State, Region, Post code, City
•	Any personal data you post on our website
•	Any personal data you post on our website
•	Data about how you use our website
•	Technical data such as your IP address, your login data, details about your browser, time zone settings and other technology on the devise you use to access our website
•	Your marketing and communication preferences
•	Any information that you directly provide to us whether through our contact form ,over the phone, by email or otherwise
•	Photographs of you at events
•	Cookies and Usage Data
We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send or by contacting us
Usage Data
We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.
Use of Data
Optom Locum Service uses the collected data for various purposes:
•	To provide and maintain our Service
•	To notify you about changes to our Service
•	To allow you to participate in using our Service when you choose to do so
•	To provide customer support
•	To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service
•	To monitor the usage of our Service
•	To detect, prevent and address technical issues
•	To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information

Optom Locum Service may process your Personal Data because:
•	We need to perform a contract between you and our Clients
•	You have given us permission to do so
•	The processing is in our legitimate interests and it’s not overridden by your rights
•	For payment processing purposes on behalf of our Clients
•	To comply with the law
Retention of Data
Optom Locum Service will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.
Optom Locum Service will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, region, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.
Optom Locum Service will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.
Disclosure of Data - Business Transaction
If Optom Locum Service is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.
Disclosure for Law Enforcement
Under certain circumstances, Optom Locum Service may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).
Legal Requirements
Optom Locum Service may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
•	To comply with a legal obligation
•	To protect and defend the rights or property of Optom Locum Service
•	To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
•	To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
•	To protect against legal liability
Security of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

“Do Not Track” Signals
We do not support Do Not Track (“DNT”). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked.
You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.
If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
•	The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you.
•	The right of rectification. You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
•	The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
•	The right of restriction. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
•	The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
•	The right to withdraw consent. You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where Optom Locum Service relied on your consent to process your personal information.
Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.
You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in Australia or New Zealand
Service Providers
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analysing how our Service is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyse the use of our Service.
•	Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en
Behavioural Remarketing
Optom Locum Service uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimize and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.
•	Google AdWords remarketing service is provided by Google Inc. You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize the Google Display Network ads by visiting the Google Ads Settings page: http://www.google.com/settings/adsGoogle also recommends installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on – https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout – for your web browser. Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on provides visitors with the ability to prevent their data from being collected and used by Google Analytics. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en
•	Twitter remarketing service is provided by Twitter Inc. 
You can opt-out from Twitter’s interest-based ads by following their instructions: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170405You can learn more about the privacy practices and policies of Twitter by visiting their Privacy Policy page: https://twitter.com/privacy
•	Facebook remarketing service is provided by Facebook Inc. 
You can learn more about interest-based advertising from Facebook by visiting this page: https://www.facebook.com/help/164968693837950To opt-out from Facebook’s interest-based ads follow these instructions from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/568137493302217
Facebook adheres to the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioural Advertising established by the Digital Advertising Alliance. You can also opt-out from Facebook and other participating companies through the Digital Advertising Alliance in the USA http://www.aboutads.info/choices/, the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada in Canada http://youradchoices.ca/ or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/, or opt-out using your mobile device settings.
For more information on the privacy practices of Facebook, please visit Facebook’s Data Policy: https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation
Links to Other Sites
Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.
Children’s Privacy
Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”).
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.
Changes to This Privacy Policy
We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.
We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.
You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.
If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact our Privacy Compliance Officer at admin@optomlocumservice.com.au or by mail at Optom Locum Service, 26 Repton Road, Malvern East, Victoria, Australia
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