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ADONZ office Christmas hours

The ADONZ office will close for the Christmas break on Friday 21 December and re-open on Monday 7 January.  Emails and messages will NOT be checked while the office is closed, but will be replied to quickly when the office opens.


We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

ADONZ 2018 Wage surveys

Links to the 2018 wage surveys are below.  The surveys are shorter this year, and should only take a few minutes of your time.

Please note that you MUST choose the correct survey for you.  Choose your region (Auckland, North Island not including Auckland, and South Island), and the number of years that you have been practising as a DO.  There is a separate survey for students only.  The surveys are only for DO employees – not business owners.

Please copy and paste the correct link for you (below) to your browser.


DOs by region and years of work experience:

Auckland 0 – 4 years experience:

Auckland 5 – 8 years experience:

Auckland 9+ years experience:

North Island (not inc Auckland) 0 – 4 years experience:

North Island (not inc Auckland) 5 – 8 years experience:

North Island (not inc Auckland) 9+ years experience:

South Island 0 – 4 years experience:

South Island 5 – 8 years experience:

South Island 9+ years experience:


All responses are anonymous and can not be changed once submitted.  Please complete the correct survey and thanks for your time.

ACOD Optical Dispensing course enrolments

Enrollments are open through ACOD for the 2018 year.  See the attachment and more information under the Resources/Student tab.

ACOD Ad 02-2018

CPD for Dispensing Opticians

All information about CPD for Dispensing Opticians is in the current CPD News:  CPD News 85 December 2018

The ADONZ office will close for the Christmas break on Friday 21 December and open again on Monday 7 January.  Emails and messages will NOT be checked while the office is closed.  The next CPD News will be posted in February.

Registered Dispensing Opticians have until 30 November 2019 to gain the 20 point requirement for the 2018-2019 CPD Cycle.

If you have any questions about CPD and your points please email the ADONZ office:


Use of Dispensing Optician Title

The title “Dispensing Optician” is protected by law and only registered practitioners are allowed to use this. If you are not registered as a Dispensing Optician, or if you are still studying, you are not allowed to use this title.

You may not be aware that the term “optical dispenser” should also not be used by persons that are unregistered. Section 7 of the HPCA Act 2003 states: “A person may only use names, words, titles, initials, abbreviations or descriptions stating or implying that the person is a health practitioner of a particular kind if the person is registered, and is qualified to be registered, as a health practitioner of that kind”.

The Ministry of Health’s view is that the title “optical dispenser” is so similar to the title “Dispensing Optician” that there is a real risk of consumers being misled.

The Ministry’s approach in enforcing the Act is to first seek compliance. In cases where the persons are unwilling to comply with the Act, the Ministry will seek to prosecute. Prosecutions under Section 7 carry with them a fine of up to $10,000.

The ADONZ recommends that students who are training to become Dispensing Opticians use the word “student” or “trainee” before the title Dispensing Optician so that there can be no confusion as to status.

The student (or supervisor) should ensure that the client / patient understands that you are a student, i.e. there should be at least a verbal exchange of confirmation (if not a written one).  Any other titles should not be used as they have the potential to create confusion for the public.

 Please make sure that you and the people you work with comply with the Act.