Collection of Acts of State Parilaments of Australia for the Registration and Regulation of Optometrists

Catalogue Number: 1804
Collection of Acts of State Parilaments of Australia for the Registration and Regulation of Optometrists
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Acts of parliament
Government body: Various State Parliaments of Australia
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1951 - 1974
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: The Acts in the collection are: TASMANIA (1) Opticians Act 1913 as amended 1951. (2) Opticians Regulations 1967. NEW SOUTH WALES (1) Act to provide for registration and regulation of optometrists 1964. (2) Act to make further provisions with respect to registration of optometrists 1969. (3) Act to provide for the registration fo optical dispensers. (4) Regulations under the Optometrists Act 1930-1963 dated 1965 and 1966 QUEENSLAND (1) Optometrists Act 1974 and some regulations of earlier date. (2) The Opticians Act Amendment Act 1959 (3) Consolidation of the Opticians Acts 1917 to 1954 and By-Laws with an index, compiled August 31 1956, including in the 2nd schedule page 35 to 38 a detailed syllabus of the optometry course in 1954. (4) By-Laws made by the the Queensland Board of Optometrical Registration in 1960 including details of the prescribed course of training. SOUTH AUSTRALIA (1) Optician Act 1920-1974 (2) Consolidation of the Opticians Act 1920-1969 17 duplicated quarto size pages entitled 'The consolidation of opticians acts in force in South Australia at February 1970' prepared by the Board. (3) Consolidation of the Regulations under the Act 1975 and several subsequent regulations. WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1) Act relating to optometrists 1940 as amended 1944, 1947, 1951 and 1957 and two amending Acts 1960 and 1966 (2) Optometrist Registration Board Rules 1941 AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (1) Optometrists Ordinance 1956-1958. NORTHERN TERITORY. (1) Ordinance to Register those in the practice of optometry 1958. (2) NT Government Gazette Darwin 1984 listing the names of persons on the registers of health practitioners in the NT, including optometrists 1984. NEW ZEALAND (1) Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Act 1976 Act to consolidate and amend the Opticians Act of 1928. (2) Regulatyions under the Act 1977
Historical Significance: Registration and regulation of optometrtists under the authority of State Acts of Parliament was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in the first half of the 20th C. The first Act was in Tasmania in 1913 (see profile of Newham Waterworth, this web site under the tab 'People who made History' for the nice story of political intrigue associated with the enactment of this legislation). This was followed by Queensland 1917, South Australia 1920, New South Wales 1930, Victoria 1935 and Western Australia in 1940. A Registration Act was enacted in New Zealand in 1928. TheAustralian State Acts were rescinded in 2010 when national registration of health professions was introduced by the Commonwealth Government. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) at its meeting of 26 March 2008 signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on the health workforce and enusing leglisation The Health Practitioner Regulation (Administrative Arrangements) National Law Act 2008 and the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 followed. This legislation created a single national registration and accreditation system for ten health professions: chiropractors; dentists (including dental hygienists, dental prosthetists and dental therapists); medical practitioners; nurses and midwives; optometrists; osteopaths; pharmacists; physiotherapists; podiatrists; and psychologists.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 4

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