1146.0 - Directory of Service Industries Statistics, 2002  
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Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services, Australia (cat. no. 8553.0)


To provide key measures on the performance of the Optometry and Optical Dispensing services industry. To identify the nature and structure of the industry/activity in terms of employment, income, costs and its contribution to the Australian economy.


The collection was two surveys of private sector optometrists and businesses involved in the provision of optometry and optical dispensing services.

The first survey was a sample of private practice optometrists. The sample was selected from the Medibank provider file in March 1998. The survey excluded optometrists solely engaged in the public health system.

The businesses included in the second survey were identified in two ways:

  • as a result of responses to the first survey in which optometrists were asked to provide details about the optometry/optical dispensing businesses for which they work
  • optical dispensing businesses listed on the ABS Business Register

In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), businesses whose main activity is the provision of optometry/optical dispensing services are classified to Class 8632 Optometry and Optical Dispensing.


Published data reflects a range of standard outputs including:
  • sources of income
  • items of expenditure
  • characteristics of employment
  • selected statistics by business size
  • selected performance ratios
  • activity data on optometrists including age, male/female employment breakdown and number of consultations

The tables contain data at the Australia level with State tables showing:
  • number of businesses
  • total employment
  • employment breakdown by male/female for optometrists
  • wages and salaries
  • total income


New South Wales
South Australia
Western Australia
Northern Territory


The Allied Health Industries Collection was conducted for the first and only time in respect of the 1997-1998 financial year. In addition to the Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services industry, the collection covered the Dental Services, Audiology and Audiometry Services, Physiotherapy Services and Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services industries.


Dental Services, Australia (cat. no. 8551.0)
Audiology and Audiometry Services, Australia (cat. no. 8554.0)
Physiotherapy Services, Australia (cat. no. 8552.0)
Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services, Australia (cat. no. 8550.0)

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