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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!.
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The best referral is having testimonials from people who work with us.
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.
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.
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!
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
Kempsey and Warwick (2 week blocks)
Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania
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.
To join one of our lists, click the appropriate link, fill in the form and we will be in touch asap!