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    Optom Locum Service - your 1st Choice

  • About Us

    We've got a top notch team!



    Phillip and Sally Fent Optom Locum Service Owners

    Phillip Fent


    Mieaela Fent Optom Locum Service

    Sally Fent


    Mieaela Fent Optom Locum Service

    Laura Keeling


    Mieaela Fent Optom Locum Service

    Mikaela Fent

    Accounts Manager

    Liette Zografos Operations Manager Optom Locum Service

    Liette Zografos

    Operations Manager

  • Our Story

    A little more than 16 years ago, Phillip needed assistance at his OPSM store at Waringah 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.


    Phillip Fent Locum Services is now the largest and most well known and trusted Locum Service in Australia with more than 300 regular Locums on the books and long standing relationships with employers.


    The business has grown from 1 employee back in 2002 to 5. Phillip does all the back office work, Sally is the office manager, Liette Zografos, a new addition, has joined us as Operations Manager, a great organiser, Liette is well known in optometry circles. Both Phillip and Sally’s daughters also do some work in the business with Mikela in accounts and Laura in Administration.


    With the growth of the business comes change and we are excited to be rebranding, our new name is Optom Locum Service. No changes to the structure of the business has been made, we just felt that a new look and branding will carry us well into the future.

    Phillip and Sally now run the business from Melbourne.

  • Locum Optometrists

    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.


    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.


    Alternatively, if you've been qualified for more than 2 years and are looking for adventure, an excellent income and a desire to meet new people, registering as a locum is an excellent choice.


    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!.

    Testimonials - why choose Optom Locum Service?

    Several Optometrists have provided testimonials, some who have been locums with us for many years and others for for shorter periods.


    Kitty Liao, Optometrist, Sydney NSW


    I have worked with Sally and Phil for 7 years now, ever since I started locuming. Sally and Phill have been very helpful, and a job booked through them is usually coordinated well, and I don't have anything to worry about. I just fly out, turn up at the practice as I was scheduled to, and start seeing patients.

    Sometimes I feel like going somewhere for a working holiday, I drop Sally an email and enquire about a job available in the area I plan to go. They try their best to find a stint for me. It's been very pleasant working with Sally and Phill, and I appreciate their great efforts. A job well done!

  • 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.


    Chris Smith

    Working for Phillip Fent locum service across the nation since 2005 has provided me with several professional and personal opportunities, including:

    - Significantly increasing my clinical capabilities through the delivery of eyecare to a diverse range of Australians including patients from metropolitan to regional locations, from young to old, and from lower to high socio-economic status;


    - Understanding the various issues facing these patients in relation to General Practitioners and Ophthalmologist access;

    - Gaining working knowledge of the systems, equipment and prescription lenses used across the sector;

    - Travelling the country though working holidays, and preventing the boredom associated with routine;

    - Staying in contact with friends interstate, and building new personal and professional relationships;

    - Balancing work/life balance when undertaking further study; and

    - Saving for those big purchases.


    The team at Phillip Fent Locum Service have always provided seamless bookings and been extremely responsive to changing needs. It has been a great pleasure working with Phill and Sally and I would highly recommend exploring the opportunities they can offer - you won't regret it.

    Kim Hoang

    I had worked for a very large corporate group for some time before starting to work with Sally and Phill.


    They have proven to be great professional support for me over the years.

    If you are deciding between working for a large corporation or working as a self-employed locum through Phill and Sally’s agency, I would highly recommend Sally and Phill. They are great to work with.

  • Current Vacancies

    As the largest optometry locum agency in Australia and New Zealand, we have way too many great vacancies to list on our website. Below are some examples of the great opportunities available.


    Sign up to register your interest for Christmas Holiday locums today!


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

    Western Australia

    all regional paying $100 or more


    Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Northam, Geraldton, Karratha, South Hedland, Collie and Margaret River. Roles available are from 1 week to 6 months duration.


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



    Queensland Vacancies

    $100+ per hour - but you'll need to get in quick!

    Metro, Gladstone, Bundaberg (Sugarland) Hervey Bay, Lismore and Innisfail. Choose your length of stay from 1 week to 6 months.


    Average daily winter temperature is 26 degrees - absolutely T Shirt and Shorts weather.

    New South Wales

    Metro from $75 per hour, Regional from $100 per hour

    Always lots of metro vacancies, Maitland, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Armidale, Parkes, Orange, Canberra. Weekend and week day vacancies, varying time periods.

    Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania

    $70 per hour metro Victoria

    South Australia and Tasmania $90 per hour

    Shepparton.and Northern suburbs metro. Ongoing Hobart roles.

  • FAQs

    Here's a list of the most frequent questions we receive.

    If your question hasn't been covered, just click on the sign up button 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

    If you are registered with Optometry Australia you are covered by PI insurance. If not, we recommend that you join up or get your own PI insurance.


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